Consumers' Frequently Asked Questions About Charities
How can I find out if a charity is registered?
To find out if a charity is registered in
Is "X" charity legitimate?
We can advise you whether a charity is registered and has complied with registration laws in
How do I get an annual report for a non-profit/charity?
Annual reports for hospitals are available from OHCA (Office of Health Care Access), www.ct.gov/ohca. If you are seeking an organization’s IRS Form 990, it is often found on www.guidestar.orgor www.foundationcenter.org.
How much of my donation actually goes to the charity? How much does the charity spend on its charitable purpose?
Most charities must file an IRS form 990 with IRS each year. The reports are available at www.guidestar.org. The IRS form 990 reports the amount the charity spent on its programs, on fundraising and on administrative expenses. It also reports the salaries of officers and directors of the charity. The report provides a detailed description of what the charity did to accomplish its purpose. Finally, the 990 reports the amount and sources of the charity’s income, as well as the amount of its assets and liabilities at the beginning and end of the year.
How do I get these solicitation calls to stop?
Charities are not subject to the Federal "do not call" registry, however, paid solicitors are subject to the Federal Telemarketing Sales Rule, which provides that the paid solicitor must maintain a charity specific "do not call list". The caller can simply say, "thank you for calling, but please place me on your do not call list". This applies only to the particular charity that the paid solicitor was calling about. You may get calls from the same paid solicitor on behalf of other charities. If they continue to call after an appropriate period of wait time, they are in violation of the federal law.
I want to donate my car/boat/(whatever). Can you tell me if this car donation group I found on the internet is legitimate?
The organization in which you are interested may be registered in