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The Ps and Qs of Friends, Family and Money

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  • The Situation: You want to ask your friends and colleagues for a charitable donation.

    Whether you're running a marathon to raise money for an important cause or seeking contributions for your church's canned food drive, the last thing you want to do is make people feel put upon. "Don't solicit individuals in a group setting, which can put pressure on them," advises Post. Approach them individually so they'll be more comfortable, regardless of whether they're pulling out their checkbook or declining to contribute.

    Even better? Send out an email so people can decide for themselves whether they'd like to donate, as well as have time to answer honestly without being caught off guard or feeling pressured. For those who do contribute, always send a thank-you card or homemade treat to show your appreciation, so they don't feel their donation went unnoticed.

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