I’m not sure how it is with everyone, but I know in the infantry your “options” are limited to “do it”. When the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) stuff comes around, you really don’t have a choice when it comes to donating something to something. The same goes for the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Fund; when your command asks you to donate, they’re really just telling you to donate. But honestly, if this is the case, why not just take it out of our paychecks in the first place instead of annoying us with having to fill these stupid things out every year?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I don’t support donating to a good cause, but being forced to is always a drag. Also, flipping through the phone-book of a catalog for the CFC is always cumbersome. Trying to find a good organization to donate to, one that you actually care about, is usually the hardest part. I think one year I donated to a bald eagle conservation organization, another time to a cancer thing (there’s lots of those) and again to some kind of Jewish thing. It’s all usually pretty random and somewhat obscure.