How many of you actually "contributed"?

by Garrett 26 Replies latest jw friends

  • Garrett


    Don't tell the elders, buuuuut, I sorta kinda maybe never contributed money....ever....

    I always thought - Hey, I give a lot of my time and energy to the org, so that's how I contribute. I was also pretty stinkin poor for most of my life and didn't really have the money to give.

    Anyone else like me?

    On a happier note, have a wonderful time this weekend, guys and gals, LOVE YOU ALL!


  • stuckinarut2

    Spot on Garrett!

    in my younger years I felt guilted into giving at assemblies or conventions, but never have I "donated" any money in the last 15 years!

    My reasoning was always the same as yours! I donate my time, fuel, car etc....they should be paying ME!

  • cofty
  • blondie

    We contributed to the utilities....nothing to headquarters.

    Eventually, nothing because we were no longer going.

    My husband did the accounts in 3 different congregations and found it was the same small core of people who contributed. Many believing jws don't even give $5 a month.

    There are 2 answers = contributions when you believed

    Contributions when you no longer believed and felt you had to attend.

    It's confidential unless you write a check or put it on a debit/credit card or waltz up to the box when someone is standing there.

  • a watcher
    a watcher
    I give small amounts regularly; a widow's mite. But far less than 10%.
  • FayeDunaway

    A hundred bucks a month, mostly going into local expenses.

    i loved our local cong, and miss the people very much. feel bad to have abandoned them especially when some reached out unhypocritically to keep connections going. But I just had to move on with my life. Wish they could be free too.

  • stuckinarut2

    Just curious "a watcher" why you would still donate to the same org, while actively participating here on an apostate forum?

    Is it to combat the feelings of guilt?

  • _Morpheus
    I totally agree with the op. Never gave much if anything before bethel and when there i really learned how cheap those SoB are... I was there giving free labor 9+ hours a day and they STILL wanted me to donate..? No way. Greedy clowns really embittered me with their cheap mindset and when i came home i never again donated anything, even as an elder. All the time and effort i gave was more than sufficient, in my view
  • stuckinarut2

    Ditto Morpheus!

    I spent 5 years at bethel, and scraped by...literally.... No one donated to me to help me with the basic expenses of life!

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    when i took over managing my elderly JW father's financials--i found he was donating £100 a month ( UK pounds )---plus a one-off £5000 towards a kingdumb hall purchase ( since sold --no refund lol )

    not anymore.

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