If you suspect that a charity is engaged in unethical or unlawful activity, then we encourage you to report that information to the government authorities that are responsible for regulating nonprofits and to our CN Advisory Issuance Committee.
At the federal level, nonprofit regulation resides in the hands of the IRS. The IRS website offers instructions for filing a complaint about a nonprofit by either:
- submitting your concerns in writing by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by regular mail (IRS EO Classification, Mail Code 4910, 1100 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75242)
- or by completing Form 13909, the Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form.
At the state level, nonprofit regulation is the responsibility of the Attorney General or the Secretary of State. The National Association of State Charity Officials’ website provides links to many of the state offices that regulate charities.
We have a Committee that regularly reviews concerns about real and fake charities to determine if they belong on our CN Advisory list. You can submit issues about particular groups to the Committee by email. Please be prepared to provide credible, objective evidence to substantiate your concerns.
In addition, each rated charity on our site has a 'comment' tab where you can voice your concerns (or praise) about that charity. Please be sure to follow our posting guidelines.