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Friday, July 8, 2016

How To Report Charity Fraud

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. 

Federal Level

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:
State Level
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.

Charity Navigator

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.

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Unknown said...

I gave a small, one-time donation to actblue.com several months ago. Recently checking my credit card transactions, I found that they have been charging me various sums weekly. Even after I sent an angry letter, they kept charging my card.

cindyr said...

I was a volunteer for a toy drive @ Xmas time. There were thousands of dollars worth of donations. The lady who did the toy drive was stealing from her own charity and was feeling some of the donations and selling them and keeping the money for herself. She thought that by deleting all the evidence that was posted all over Facebook you don't announce thing the toy drive showing all the toys the venue and all that that it would go away but I screenshotted every single picture before she deleted it. So now what do I do? She had even giving the people who donated items a bogus 501 c 3 number. So people started coming forward and then she just disappeared Into Thin Air not really but she sure putting everybody on block.

Unknown said...

This was my first 50/50 raffle at a Florida Panthers game last week. I asked several questions to a vendor regarding where the money was going? She did not have an answer! This vendor needs to be investigated on the 300 level! She kept saying the cash ticket was not going through! She asked for additional funds!

One of the charities were given $25,000.00. On another evening, I heard another charity received $200,000? How can this be?

I went to research the Florida Panthers Foundation and they are in the red for over $250,000? This is public record! Be careful. I will ask the State to investigate this matter immediately!

Unknown said...

I have been looking for the credentials of an organization supposedly in Sacramento California that has a web site up with a link you can click to adopt a child. Also, there is also a button seeking donations. I can not find any proper registration for this Organization (Save Our Children) or its founder (Pamela Olsen). The web site is http://www.saveourchildrenamerica.org/ and is written in a different language. The Founder of the supposed Organization, Pamela Olsen, claims the web site on social media but she is apparently in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County California. Many of the links on the web site do not work. It appears to be pure media fraud.