I get it: We all want to contribute to something larger than ourselves, and it’s wonderful to see more people “donating birthdays” to a charitable cause. This typically involves announcing on Facebook that your birthday is coming up, picking a not-too-crazy number to raise funds for a favorite charity, and watching the money roll in—coupled with a few helpful reminders, since your friends are lazy and could use a little encouragement to part with their cash.
The problem, though, is that these “give me money” solicitations get a little annoying, especially when you’re receiving multiple notifications about fundraisers you never actually said you were interested in. And it’s OK to turn off the pestering without feeling like Scrooge McDuck. You shouldn’t feel obligated to donate to anything if you don’t want to. If you want to get your pals a pretty card for their big days, that’s just fine.
To disinvite your friends’ charitable notifications from your Facebook party, pull up Facebook’s settings menu. Once there, click on Notifications and select “On Facebook.” (You can also reach this screen by clicking on Settings after clicking the notification bell icon on any Facebook page.) Look for the option for Fundraisers and click on the Edit button next to it.