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Charitable Giving: Making Your Dollars Count

Charitable Giving: Making Your Dollars Count

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Published by Mike DeWine
Too often, we are asked to give our money to charitable organizations we do not know. It is important to ask ques-tions and to read and listen carefully to all of the information.
Too often, we are asked to give our money to charitable organizations we do not know. It is important to ask ques-tions and to read and listen carefully to all of the information.

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Published by: Mike DeWine on Aug 24, 2009
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Too often, we are asked to give ourmoney to charitable organizations we donot know. It is important to ask ques-tions and to read and listen carefully toall of the information that is presented toyou. Call the local charity a reputableorganization will welcome yourinquiries. You can also call or write tothe Attorney General’s Office, or yourlocal non-profit Better Business Bureau
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to obtain information.As a resident of Ohio, you should findout if your gifts are benefiting the chari-table organizations of your choice, andensure that these organizations are prop-erly registered with the AttorneyGeneral’s Office.The names of Ohio contributors tocharitable organizations are keptconfidential by law. The law requiresmost organizations that solicitcontributions to register with theAttorney General’s Charitable LawSection. Certain charities, such asreligious and educational organizations,are exempt from registration.
 
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Akron(330) 253-4590Canton(330) 454-9401Cincinnati(513) 421-3015Cleveland(216) 241-7678Columbus(614) 486-6336Dayton(937) 222-5825Lima(419) 223-7010Toledo(419) 531-3116Youngstown(330) 744-3111
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When acharitableorganizationcontacts youand asks for adonation, the
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thename of the charitable organization andthe location of its principal place ofbusiness.Many charities hire professionalsolicitors, commonly known astelemarketers, to raise money for them.Typically, charities pay their solicitors a

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