My question is about the rudeness of mixing business with pleasure.
At a cocktail party celebrating a friend’s birthday an acquaintance approached my wife and me to explain that he had pledged a matching grant to a local non-profit, that the deadline was coming up fast, and if we contributed, our donation would be doubled? A good idea, but in our opinion not the right place.
Furthermore, it put us in an awkward predicament. A two-edged sword because my wife had previously asked him for a donation to her community outreach program. At that point, we didn’t know if he had made a contribution to her fundraiser. But that wasn’t the point, she hadn’t put him on the spot in a social setting, she had sent him an email followed up by an invitation to the benefit.
The acquaintance was pushing for a financial commitment in what was supposed to be a relaxed social setting. Didi, how would you have handled a dilemma such as this?