POLL: Why Do You Think Salvation Army Red Kettle Cash Donations are Down?

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Donations to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign are down across the Midwest including Des Moines.

With just eight bell ringing days remaining, 38% of the $1.25 million goal has been met in Des Moines. It could be the first time in six years that the fundraising goal hasn’t been reached.


  • Murdock

    The American lifestyle has changed….it’s all about me me me! Me first,me everything…look at me. Look at my stuff. Look how cool I am. Look how important I am. Sad…..

    • Fred Pherlps (@FredPherlps)

      gave more money to charity this year than in previous years, I just don;t give money to religious organizations, has nothing to do with being selfish and everything to do with wanting my money to do the most good for the most people.

  • lynn deal

    I no longer give to them because I have become aware of the views they (Salvation Army) hold …specifically against LGBT equality rights. I am still charitable, just not through the Salvation Army.

    • Hacksaw

      Same here as well. Used to always donate money and goods, but not for the last few years. Good luck with their own salvation, eh ?

    • Susan George

      Agreed. I chose to donate elsewhere because of the anti-LGBT activities of the Salvation Army. It was a hard decision to make because I have ALWAYS supported them because they helped my family when I was a little girl, but I could not continue to support the the promotion of bigotry.

    • Susan George

      Agreed. I chose to donate elsewhere because of the anti-LGBT political activities of this non-profit organization. It was a hard decision to make because they helped my family when I was a little girl. I just could not continue to support this kind of bigotry.

  • The Phantom

    Depite the 2 idiots above. I typically give every time but I only saw 2 kettles and both times teenagers were manning the bells and too busy talking to each other. I gave both times but saw no kettles in the skywalks or in any of the major shopping locations. It did not seem organized like last years.

  • Alvin York

    I stopped giving to SalArmy when I realized it’s a homphobic organization. There are plenty of worthy secular groups where that can use some help. I donate to them instead.

  • nmbatx

    The Salvation Army hasn’t been fully responsible for their anti-LGBT activism. The good news is they have changed/clarified some policies that indicate LGBT people should be welcomed and provided equal access to services. I don’t believe these changes are fully implemented at all locations yet. Even if they were, and this is the crux of the matter, the SA is trying to whitewash their past. They are saying that their past of LGBT discrimination is a myth. They are avoiding owning up to the anti-LGBT legislation they sponsored and the anti-LGBT organizations and politicians they have supported.

    Their reconciliation is not yet complete. I just hope it isn’t a myth.

  • SueH

    I think the number of charities has grown exponentially over the years and I tend to give to organizations with a well-defined focus around the causes that are most important to me.

  • Samuel G. Byers

    I dislike “charities” that ambush people. Salvation Army does this in a way. I used to get ambushed by United Way at a previous company I worked for and bullied by the owner to contribute so it made him and his company look good. If people believe in a charity, they will support it financially. If they don’t, they won’t. There are too many scams out there today. Sad but true.

  • Sue

    I think there are just too many places to give. Our church does 2 collections during Mass most weekends, the ‘regular’ collection, then a ‘special’ collection that is always earmarked for a specific event. A lot of times the kids are being pressured in their Religious Ed classes to bring in pennies/dollars for something. Our company does Charitable Giving for the United Way and there is quite a bit of pressure to give there. Then, our department at work always adopts a cause of some type to give to. I am part of the ‘sandwich generation’ caught between raising my own kids and caring for elderly parents. (and helping inlaws with bills). All of these things are good causes, but, the money only goes so far. I would love to be able to give money to everyone that wants it from me, but, I just can’t.

    • Lisa Boyes

      I agree w/the others. When a larger regional clinic took over our smaller one, we were compelled by the new mgmt. to give no less than $15 to United Way in Dubuque (and we were from Clayton County, a very poor county). Also, I don’t give $ to red kettles w/nobody at them.

  • ellainewtkns@gmail.com

    I no longer give to Salvation Army because of their views and support against the LBGT community. I would be more than happy to give to a different organization with less bigoted views.

  • Kel

    Along with many others, I have stopped giving to Salvation Army at all because of their problematic views toward the LGBT community and others.

  • Susan George

    Perhaps another reason is the anti-gay political slant and activities of the organization. I chose to donate elsewhere due to this.

  • Susan George

    Why is “I chose not to donate to an anti-LGBT organization” not one of your options on the survey? That is a huge issue.

  • Nicholas Creighton

    You’re missing one of the biggest reasons – if not THE biggest reason – why people have turned away from this organization; their attitude and policies of LGBT discrimination, exclusion, and persecution.

    People are getting smarter about their donations, particularly about questioning where their money is really going and what their donations are being used for, and in this day and age, society is really starting to catch on to a simple truth that the Salvation Army as a company – yes, they are a company – has been exceedingly slow to acknowledge themselves; that LGBT persons are people, too, and just as worthy of respect and the occasional helping hand as their heterosexual peers. In response, LGBT persons and our allies are finding other companies to invest our time, energy, and financial support in.

    And I don’t feel bad for the Salvation Army in the least; they did this to themselves by damaging, excluding, and persecuting the very same people that were among those they claimed to help.

  • Mary

    I understand that a lot of people have issues the Salvation Armys anti-LGBT standings, but I would like the point out that they are not all like that. My mother is very active in the salvation army and has been for years. She is in no way shape or form homophobic and will help anyone she can. I won’t say that there aren’t people that are, but that is not how it works everywhere. Where i live it is all about being able to help people. I have plenty of LGBT friends that even help with the campaign. I just wanted to point out that all the anti-LGBT publicity is not how it works everywhere. If it did, me and my mother would certainly not support it.

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