Consumers should contact the Charities Unit to find out if a charity is legitimate or not, and to determine what percentage of each donation actually goes to the charity and what percentage is spent on fundraising and/or administrative costs.
Even if the charity is legitimate, anywhere from 5% to 90% of a donation may be used to pay telemarketing companies that solicit for the charity.
Public Charities Unit
Department of Consumer Protection
450 Columbus Blvd, Ste 801
Hartford, CT 06103
To form a non-profit organization, contact the Office of the Secretary of State to file appropriate organizational papers. Tax filling status varies according to the type of non-profit. There are many types of non-profits and this must be determined when filling out the corporation papers.
State of Connecticut Secretary of State
30 Trinity Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06106