How to Get Off of Charity Mailing Lists

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How to Get Off of Charity Mailing Lists
Mailing lists are responsible for a lot of your junk mail. (Michael Blann/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Charity mailing lists are a common way for charities and non-profit organisations to inform the public about a cause, issue or service offered to a specific population. The purpose of sending out mail to the members of the mailing list is often to raise money. However, you might also be asked to sign a petition or contact your local government office to support or oppose a piece of legislation. If these are not things that you're interested in receiving, you can get off charity mailing lists.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Keep the reply envelope and mailing label that you received from the charity.

  2. 2

    Contact the charity and ask if they keep their own mailing list or if they buy or rent mailing list information from another organisation. Most charities and non-profit now buy or rent this information.

  3. 3

    Ask for the contact information for the organisation that provided the charity with the mailing list information. If that cannot be provided, try to find the organisation online. Their website should have contact information.

  4. 4

    Call the organisation that is selling or renting out the mailing list your information appears on. Provide your full name and mailing address and request that you be removed from the list, and that your name not be given out again, including being sold, rented out or exchanged.

Tips and warnings

  • When sending any mail to charity organisations, include a note that states you do not want your name or address sold, rented out or exchanged. This will cut down on junk mail from charities in the future.

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