The Charity Race Question: To Donate Or Not

You get asked from all your running friends—so what should you do?

Two women running a charity race.

Etiquette expert Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, knows a thing or two about the rules of the road—and the descendant of the famous decorum diva is a runner too! 

Q: How much should you donate when a friend asks for a charity race?

This answer always boils down to two things: your budget and your comfort. If you have a big budget, that doesn’t mean you have to donate big numbers. If you can and want to, that’s great!

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If you have a tight budget, you can donate of course—but it’s also okay to simply decline. “I wish I could, but right now it’s not an option for me.” If you want your friend to ask you in the future, then let him know that. “Feel free to ask me next time though!” If you really want to help the cause, ask if there’s any time you can help out or volunteer to show support.

Have a question for Lizzie? Email or tweet @womensrunning with the hashtag #ProperForm.