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I'm Asking: Have You Ever Made a Donation to Get Something?

I'm Asking: Have You Ever Made a Donation to Get Something?

The new show Privileged chronicles a Yale educated writer-turned-tutor of two rebellious and undirected teenage girls in a wealthy community in Florida. In the recent "All About What You Really, Really Want" episode the girls shun a study session to attend a ritzy party, noting that their aunt can make a donation and get them into any university they desire. Turns out the friend they got the idea from didn't get into college at all (despite his father donating millions of dollars), but the scene reminded me that as a society we seem to believe that cutting a large donation check can get us whatever we want.

Have you ever made a donation to an institution, program or even a charity because you hoped (or knew) it would get you something in return?

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I made a donation to The Nature Conservancy to get the cute baby Sandhill Crane stuffed doll.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
I knew a guy in college and everytime he got kicked out his grandparents would donate something. There was a building named after them. I honestly don't know why they bothered, in five semesters he had only managed to pass one class.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Does a mug from public radio count?
baybug baybug 8 years
Sometimes...if I get something I really like out of it (that sounds HORRIBLE!!!).
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well..not nearly to the extent that these girls are doing it but i recently contributed to 'Stand up for cancer' cause i really liked the shirt, although i would have donated either way. it was just an added bonus for me to be able to get the cute shirt :)
looseseal looseseal 8 years
Well, sometimes I might make a little donation if they'd give me a pretty sticker (or a pretty pin!) Does that count?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I only wish I had the kind of money I could throw around for favors!
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 8 years
someone at my high school (private school in vegas) got into duke when her dad donated 7mil. true story. that place was full dumb bitches looking for ivy leagues to find husbands because their mommies are pretty trophy wives and daddys are doctors and lawyers and hotel owners. i was so sick of it. but i mean...cold stone just had a promotion for free ice cream, which was nice but i felt bad taking ice cream even though they were giving it i donated to make a wish...so does that count? lol.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
no, but just this weekend in JC Penney they had a promotion where you donate $5 to the local YMCA and they give you a 20% off coupon to use all day long...my aunt bought it just to get $$ off a purchase
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