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WHAT INFORMATION IS IN THIS REPORT?
This Charitable Fund-raising in Ohio by Professional Solicitors Report lists charitable organizations that hiredprofessional solicitors to conduct their fund-raising campaigns. The majority of these professional solicitors usetelemarketing as a means to contact Ohioans and ask for donations.
General’s Charitable Law Section. The report lists fund-raising campaigns, which are arranged in alphabetical order
according to the charity. The columns, from left to right, list the following information about the fund-raisingcampaign: the professional solicitor, the report cycle, gross campaign revenues, amount retained by the charity; andthe percentage of donations the charity retained from the campaign (money the charity retained divided by grossrevenue).This report includes financial data submitted for 2009 and 2010 and also includes addresses for each of the charitieslisted in the publication. Additionally, there is an alphabetical listing of all professional solicitors (including
addresses) that are on file with the Attorney General’s Office.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF A PROFESSIONAL SOLICITOR CALLS ASKING FOR A DONATION?
First, keep in mind there are numerous charitable organizations that are deserving of your donation and trust. Thesecharities depend on public generosity in order to continue operating their programs and provide services that benefitour communities and countless Ohioans.Whenever a professional solicitor calls asking you to donate to a charity, carefully listen to all of the information thatis presented to you. According to state law, the caller must disclose the following facts:
The caller is a professional solicitor.
The name of the professional solicitor (as on file with the Attorney General’s Office).
The name and address of the charity that will receive the donation.
Although the above information must be automatically disclosed, it’s important that you ask questions before youmake any donation. One of the most important questions to ask is: “What percentage of my donation will the charityactually receive if I decide to give?” According to state law, the caller is required to provide this information only if the consumer requests it – the law does not require it to be automatically disclosed.
To make a well-informed giving decision, there are other questions you should ask the professional solicitor beforeyou make a donation. Here are some suggestions:What is the full name of the charity that will receive the donation?
Is the charity registered with the Attorney General’s Office?