Jeff D. Opdyke’s Love and Money column in the Wall St. Journal Sunday this week is titled Why Fund Raising Isn’t Child’s Play (subscription required but a free podcast (MP3) of he and his wife arguing about this issue is available here). He wrote:
A couple of times a year, my son comes home with an assignment that is supposed to warm our hearts: fund raising. But to be honest, it always leaves me cold. It’s always the same old, painful drill. My son carries a clutch of papers that, for all he cares, could be written in Sanskrit. The only thing he sees is the catalog filled with pictures of the prizes he can win if he raises a ton of money for some cause he can’t even identify. And it gets worse. My son has no interest in peddling products door-to-door.
Plus, considering our national obesity epidemic, are the typical food items sold, (best known example, the cookies sold by the Girl Scouts) a good idea anyway? See this NYTimes article titled, In a Fat Nation, Are Thin Mints On Thin Ice? (subscription required). And this blog post by MeMe Roth: Only a Real Meanie Would Boycott the Girl Scouts. I’m sure our local Girl Scout Council of Cannon Valley has heard this criticism before.