Monday, November 16, 2009

State officials promote wise charitable giving - Journal Advocate

State officials promote wise charitable giving - Journal Advocate: "DENVER — Amid the upcoming holiday season, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Secretary of State Bernie Buescher appealed to residents to consider charitable giving but also to give wisely.
“Undoubtedly, these are tough economic times,” Buescher said. “However, for those traditional donors or people wanting to give for the first time, my office has developed a user-friendly site that helps people maximize their donations by highlighting charities' financials. In this season of giving, we want Coloradans to be seasoned-givers.”
In Colorado, charitable organizations and paid solicitors that ask for contributions must file registration documents with the Secretary of State's Office. That information is then made available on the Secretary of State's web site through a searchable database. Residents can use the system to learn about an organization's charitable purposes, see who governs the charity and review the charity's financial information. The information enables potential donors to determine at a glance how much a charity is spending on its core programs in comparison to its spending on administration and fundraising."

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