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soliciting donations from your firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:44 pm

I belong to the public interest organization at my school, and every year the organization has two big fundraising events. I will be working at a big law firm next summer. At the first event, fundraising was lackluster, so I agreed to ask my firm to contribute, and they did. I'm not really asking about whether that was kosher although I suppose it would be good to know if it was not. They seemed completely fine with it, and I don't see anything wrong with it given that I am a lowly peon who they could easily say no to (I had already accepted their offer).

The issue is with the fundraising for the second event. I am in charge of it, and my firm has donated in the past, so they are likely to give again if asked. Somehow I feel weird about asking again, though. I'm not sure what the etiquette is here. Would it be weird for me to ask again?

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Re: soliciting donations from your firm?

Postby Mce252 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:49 pm

Have someone else ask?


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Re: soliciting donations from your firm?

Postby LawIdiot86 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:52 pm

I wouldn't ask. I may be hard-hearted and entirely self-interested, but until I have that offer in my hand after the summer, I would not ask the firm for anything. Charitable donations, time off, bar dues, etc., can all wait until I'm actually in the door.

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Re: soliciting donations from your firm?

Postby Moxie » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:00 pm

Mce252 wrote:Have someone else ask?

+1 to this suggestion.

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Re: soliciting donations from your firm?

Postby KMaine » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:02 pm

I think you were fine to ask once. I would not do twice.


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Re: soliciting donations from your firm?

Postby Transferthrowaway » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:07 pm

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Re: soliciting donations from your firm?

Postby nymario » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:12 pm

Kind of OT, but I went to go into one of the PI organization's meetings to snag some free food and I basically got chased out because everyone knew I had a BigLaw SA lined up. I felt very unwelcome. That said, I certainly would't have expended a whole lot of effort doing any fundraising work for them, so fair is fair.

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