Showing posts with label attorney general. Show all posts
Showing posts with label attorney general. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How to Report Misconduct by a Charity

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. 

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:

In most states, 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.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Don't Forget To Do Your Research

We have said many times before that it is important for donors to do their due diligence, and research the organizations that are asking for their support. The most recent example of why we keep repeating this advice is the Coalition for Breast Cancer Cures (CBCC) in Long Island, which found its doors shut down by the Attorney General’s office.

The Attorney General’s Office investigation showed that CBCC took in plenty of money, yet did not conduct any charitable activities. At least $500,000 has been defrauded, with generous donors left bewildered and demoralized. CBCC was aided by a professional fundraising firm, The Resource Hub, which was not authorized to solicit funds in New York State. In addition, even though CBCC listed a tax-ID number on their phony solicitations, they are not recognized by the IRS as a charitable organization.

What should donors take away from this? Do your research. Use independent sources like Charity Navigator and the IRS to confirm that an organization is registered as a 501(c)(3), and that it is using your donations for the purpose it claims. As always, if a professional fundraiser calls you, we suggest you ask for information in writing, and if you wish to support the cause, donate to the organization directly, bypassing the telemarketer all together.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

State Charity Reports

Many charities hire professional, for-profit fundraisers to raise money on their behalf. Unfortunately, most of the funds raised do not reach the charity to which it was intended. Charity Navigator researched data regarding this practice and found some disappointing results. See our article on this topic here. And please answer the poll questions regarding your personal experience with professional fundraisers.