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I am participating in a large scale charity bike event this summer. I'm just now starting to solicit donations and will be sending out a support letter in the next week.<br><br>
I'm sending the letter to people of varying demographics. There is info in the letter about donating online as well as "If you would like to send a check...send it to me at..."<br><br>
My question is: Do I need to include a SASE in all the letters? My gut tells me that most people will make donations online or would have their own envelope and stamp. It seems like sending along a hundred SASEs would be a big waste of money and paper.<br><br>
On the other hand, it might make it easier (and more appealing) for folks to donate if they have the SASE right in front of them.<br><br>
What do you ladies think?
 

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I have wonderful intentions, but if you want my money and not just the intention, I do better with the envelope and stamp right in front of me. If it is right in front of me, it is easy to write the check and drop it right in my mailbox. If I have to rustle up an envelope, then go to the post office for a stamp, I will set it aside to get to "soon", and 9 times out of 10 don't notice it again until the event is long gone.<br><br>
More organized people might feel differently.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have wonderful intentions, but if you want my money and not just the intention, I do better with the envelope and stamp right in front of me. If it is right in front of me, it is easy to write the check and drop it right in my mailbox. If I have to rustle up an envelope, then go to the post office for a stamp, I will set it aside to get to "soon", and 9 times out of 10 don't notice it again until the event is long gone.<br><br>
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I'm way organized and I'd still blow it off. I'd do the sase. It shouldn't cost people to give you money<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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i agree with pps. I think now more than ever SASEs are important <i>because</i> people pay so many things online. i almost never have stamps on hand.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i agree with pps. I think now more than ever SASEs are important <i>because</i> people pay so many things online. i almost never have stamps on hand.</div>
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Ooh. Good point! I hadn't thought of that!
 

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I send out invites for our yearly family Xmas party and each family is supposed to mail a check to cover their portion. If I send a SASE I get over 99% of the money by the deadline. If I don't send a SASE hardly anyone responds and I have to front a lot of the money myself and collect what I can in person at the party. Because of this I always send the SASEs now.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i agree with pps. I think now more than ever SASEs are important <i>because</i> people pay so many things online. i almost never have stamps on hand.</div>
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I usually have the stamps but not the envelopes. The bills I don't pay online come with envelopes. Any cards I buy come with envelopes. So I don't ever buy just envelopes or have extras. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I usually have the stamps but not the envelopes. The bills I don't pay online come with envelopes. Any cards I buy come with envelopes. So I don't ever buy just envelopes or have extras. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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yeah, I should have said, I almost never have stamps OR envelopes on hand!
 

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I would never make this kind of contribution online. I'd do it by check.<br><br>
Is there any way to get a postal permit for this from the post office? I have no idea how this works, but I know that for some of those "no postage necessary" envelopes, the sender only gets charged for the ones that get used, rather than wasting a ton of stamps.
 

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Alright, you've all convinced me! I'll bite the bullet and eat the cost of the SASEs! I think I knew all along that I'd have to, but was hoping not to.<br><br>
Thank you!
 

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You may be able to talk to the post office about business reply mail--<br>
you would only pay for the envelopes that came back rather than every one that got sent out. (You'd have to do the math to make sure the permit fee would be worth it.)<br><br><a href="http://www.usps.com/replymail/business.htm" target="_blank">http://www.usps.com/replymail/business.htm</a>
 
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