If a non-profit organization states something to the effect of "$5 suggested donation" or "we ask for $2 donation" what does that mean to you? If you have a family with lots of small children, would you feel obligated to donate the full "suggested" amount? If it was a charity where you regularly volunteer your time and make a monetary donation annually, would it change your opinion?
I think it's great if you can pay the full amount...but I'll admit I haven't always.
I think whether you pay for little kids depends on the type of place it is (so many entrance fee places don't require you to pay for children below a certain age). So for instance a hands-on kids museum I'd pay for all of them...but an older kid learning museum, I probably wouldn't pay for my nearly 2 year old.
I also have sometimes only put in a portion to start and then at the end as I was leaving dropped more money it because I really felt like it was worth while.
Edited because I forgot the last question: Not sure...being as I haven't been in that situation. Part of me would be less likely because I would feel like my large donation covered it...but if it was something extra special (new exhibit, special fundraiser) then I would probably because it's outside their normal setup.
Married DH '97
Mom to DS ('01), DD ('05), DD ('06), DD ('09), & DD ('11)
I usually end up paying more, cause thats just the way my husband is. Not that we have a ton of money, but he grew up surrounded by people who had way less than him and he was taught that if you can, you always pay at least the amount asked for, or more, in these situations to cover the cost for the people who cant pay the suggested amount. I guess I agree with that, except that I feel the cost of people who cant pay is already worked into the suggested price, so I usually just pay that (its not like we are made of money).
If it was a charity that I worked with and donated to regularly? Not sure, but I would think that I would be happier to pay the whole amount because it is going to something I believe in and I know the money is getting to its target, trust the organization etc.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
If I can pay the suggested donation I will, but there are times when I am very hard up for money that I am not able to. I have gone to play group which has a $2 suggested donation and not paid cause we just couldn't. I know the organisation would rather DD be able to play whether I can toss in the $2 or not. I also have put in extra at times that I can.
I usually pay more, because generally the suggestion is pretty inexpensive and we can afford it. I also figure that there are some who can't/don't pay it, so I do my part to make up for them. I have only seen it at two places near us, a zoo and a fantastic playground......both places that I personally like to support as we enjoy them.
I will admit that your question made me think "Wait.......just because you are a family with lots of small children why would one pay less?"...because I don't believe that choosing to have children (or many of them) is an excuse to not do ones part to pay for/support the things that one chooses to enjoy/participate in.
Again, because the "suggested donation" is generally so small I will generally pay it (even if I were on the board or something), as I see it as a per use thing. If somehow I had zero cash in my wallet I would probably not stop at an ATM though, I would just make up for it next time I went.
We always do a little more than the suggested donation. I don't run into it a lot. I have no problems asking for a military discount from businesses, but when it comes to fun things to do that are run on charity, I think supporting them is more important than other things that we might use that money for. It wouldn't change based on how many or what age my children were, but if I donated annually and volunteered my time, I probably wouldn't donate each time we went unless we were taking a slot that someone else would be using.
If I don't have the suggested donation, I don't go. I love being able to donate more than the suggested. I was once on the receiving end of people's kindness and it makes me feel awesome that I am now able to be on the giving end.
Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
Mindie and Mark, 5/16/09
Anyway, DD1 volunteered there from September until March when we found out she needs surgery on her spine. She plans on going back after the surgery.
Anyway, typically if we didn't have the suggested donation amount, I wouldn't go. But if it was a place we went all of the time, I might go and then just make up for it the next time. I think if it was a place that I often volunteered at, I would be even more likely to pay at least the suggested amount, because presumably it is a "cause" that is close to my heart and I would want to give them the support and I would be well aware of how much they need the money.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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