November 27, 2007
Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Jay Nixon wants consumers to do their homework before contributing money to charities, especially between now and the end of the year. The holiday season is one of the biggest times of the year for charitable contributions, with consumers wanting to show generosity and make deductions from their income taxes.
Nixon’s Web site offers a database listing the finances of almost 900 charities. By clicking the Check-a-Charity link, consumers can search for a charity and determine what percentage of its contributions actually go toward the cause it claims to support.
“For Missourians who plan to give generously to charity this holiday season, we want them to give with their head as well as their heart,” Nixon said.
Nixon offers these guidelines for charitable giving:
For future planning, Nixon encourages consumers to decide their charitable giving a year at a time, rather than make on-the-spot decisions from telemarketing calls and mailings. Consumers can file complaints against charity fundraisers at the Attorney General’s Web site or Consumer Protection Hotline, 1-800-392-8222.