We are all familiar with the " pledge drives" staged 2 or 3 times a year by our public radio and TV stations. These are annoying but highly necessary to fund their operations. But I picture this scenario:
During the June drive, I call the station to pledge to donate $500 in October . I'm asked for my credit card. I explain that, as requested, I'm making a pledge. Told that the credit card is needed and respond that this is a "pledge drive", I'm complying and won't want my credit card charged until October. I'm told that the system doesn't work that way. The conversation goes round and round until I give up and "donate" my usual $50.