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Information for Consumers

If you have been contacted to make a charitable donation, you should first look into where your money will go. Ask for written information from the charity on how its money is used; read the “Tips for Smart Consumers” linked below; and, if the charity has hired a fundraiser, check what percentage of your donation will go to the fundraiser instead of the charity in the “Data from Paid Fundraisers” linked below. (The last report from the Attorney General’s Office shows that over 70% of the money million raised for charities by paid fundraisers went to the fundraisers.) From this screen, you can access general information on charitable fundraising, obtain paid fundraiser forms, read reports relating to charities and charitable fundraising, check a database that sets out the minimum (or actual) percentage of donations that will go (went) to the charity in each fundraiser-conducted charitable campaign, and link to related websites.

For outside “ratings” of charities based on how they use their funds, you can check the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability or Charity Navigator.

Charities

Under Vermont’s Charitable Solicitations Law, 9 V.S.A. § 2471 et seq., paid fundraisers for charities must file a “notice of solicitation” with the Attorney General’s Office in advance of each campaign, and a post-campaign financial report; post a $20,000 bond; make specific disclosures when soliciting donations; and comply with charity contract, script approval, donation deposit, record-keeping, and related requirements. In addition, fundraisers and charities are prohibited from making misrepresentations to prospective donors. The Attorney General’s Office is responsible for enforcing the Law. For more information on these requirements and prohibitions, please consult Vermont’s Charitable Solicitations Law and Consumer Protection Rule(CP) 119.

From this screen, you can access general information on charitable fundraising, obtain paid fundraiser forms, read reports relating to charities and charitable fundraising, check a database that sets out the minimum (or actual) percentage of donations that will go (went) to the charity in each fundraiser-conducted charitable campaign, and link to related websites.

Paid Fundraisers

Paid Fundraisers should review the Paid Fundraiser page for more information.

Email: paidfundraiser@atg.state.vt.us

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