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Charitable donations

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:27 pm

I'm a SA at a DC firm. Last week an email went out to associates and SAs raising money for a pro bono organization, and people responded to the email saying how much they wanted to give. Associates were emailing in donations from $100-$300, and SAs started at about $25, and most of the SAs joined in, me included. The organization seems great and I'm happy to support them but wondering a) how common are these sorts of emails and b) it felt like there was pressure to respond and match the others - if others have experienced this, do you also feel this pressure? I don't think I'd get no-offered if I didn't contribute... but I also wonder if they will track it and take that into consideration?

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Re: Charitable donations

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:42 pm

Anonymous User wrote:people responded to the email saying how much they wanted to give.


Massive douche move there on the part of those who replied publicly with the amounts of their contributions. It is possible that one person did and everyone felt somehow pressured to follow up. Either way, it doesn't speak well of the culture of the place. I summered at a DC firm years ago and nothing like that occurred. Charity events mostly consisted of sports events (races, tournaments, etc)

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Re: Charitable donations

Postby lolwat » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:10 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:people responded to the email saying how much they wanted to give.


Massive douche move there on the part of those who replied publicly with the amounts of their contributions. It is possible that one person did and everyone felt somehow pressured to follow up. Either way, it doesn't speak well of the culture of the place. I summered at a DC firm years ago and nothing like that occurred. Charity events mostly consisted of sports events (races, tournaments, etc)


Sadly many people don't know the difference between "Reply" and "Reply All" or when it's more appropriate to use one or the other.

I've never had anything like that, but then again, I'm at a boutique, and if the partners want to support something, they'll just sponsor an event held by the organization and that money essentially comes out of everyone's pockets. :)

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Re: Charitable donations

Postby jd20132013 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:10 pm

U should start looking elsewhere

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Re: Charitable donations

Postby favabeansoup » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I don't think I'd get no-offered if I didn't contribute... but I also wonder if they will track it and take that into consideration?


You wouldn't and they don't.

Welcome to office politics, this has nothing to do with it being a law firm and it happens in almost every corporate office in America.

Someone has a charity drive and people can feel "peer pressure" to donate something just to seem like part of the team. No one wants to be known as "that guy" after all who didn't donate.

Applicable Living the Dream episode (highly recommend watching whole series)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkQq7U1IIxQ

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Re: Charitable donations

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:31 pm

Midlevel here. In general this stuff is optional, but about once a year I get browbeat by a partner into donating $300-500 to a specific charity (which I would gladly donate $100-200, even if I resent being forced to donate more).

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Re: Charitable donations

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:10 am

I often get spam internal emails soliciting donations for pet charities/causes, but have never seen anyone reply all with donation amounts - except that occasionally a partner will reply all with an offer to match donations up to some threshold (or the initial email will include such an offer).

I've heard of being pressured to donate at other places, but reply all emails...that sounds terrible. That's basically strongarming subordinates into public groveling. Might as well take the food off your plate at a firmwide dinner.



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