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Charities & Giving
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Information In California
Tips On Charitable Giving
Laws On Charities
Charity Profiles
Tips On Tax Deductions for Charitable Contributions
Agencies That Regulate or Monitor Charities

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Tips On Charitable Giving

Using "Watchdog" Groups To Evaluate Charities (Consumer-SOS)

Selecting A Charity (Getting The Right Answers)

Evaluating A Charity Yourself

Helpful Resources

Giving To Foundations

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California Charity Profiles

GuideStar (All States)
Their database has more than 1,000,000 IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations, their financial information and what they do. You can find them by keyword or name, activity, city, state, zip code, nonprofit type, revenue range, employer identification number, or NTEE code.

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CA Attorney General's Charity Page (CA)
Look a their index (left hand side) for FAQ's, laws, brochures and where to file complaints against charities.

Charities Database (CA) 
Find out if a charity is registered and reporting its activities as required by law. You can also learn if a Commercial Fund-Raiser working for a charity is registered and what kind of fund-raising activities are being reported by searching The Commercial Fund-Raiser Database.

How To Check Up On A Company Or See If It's Legit (CA)
The following groups must register with the state if they are to do any business whatsoever: Credit Services Organizations, Non-profit Corporations, Seller-Assisted Marking Plans, Sellers of Travel, and Telephonic Sellers (any seller who solicits business by telephone).   See List of Who Must Register

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Agencies That Monitor Or Regulate Charities

CA Attorney General's Charity Page (CA)
Look a their index (left hand side) for FAQ's, laws, brochures and where to file complaints against charities.

Complaining About A Business (CA)
Directory of hundreds of businesses and where to complaint to.Learn about the complaint process for particular businesses ranging from airlines to contractors to doctors to real estate agencies.

Groups That Monitor Charities (All 50 States & DC)
Non-profit and federal watchdog agencies that either regulate or issue reports on specific charities.

Better Business Bureaus (Links Throughout The U.S.)

Find The AARP In Your State
The AARP offers legal advocacy for seniors and may also have state specific consumer brochures which are available to everyone.

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National (Includes BBB  & FTC Brochures)

Tips On Charitable Giving

Selecting a charity, evaluating charities and where else to go for more information. Has GA and National.

Tips On Charitable Giving

Guidelines for Business Giving

Beware Of Bogus Law Enforcement Groups

Tips On Tax Deductions For Charitable Contributions

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National Groups That Can Help Evaluate Charities

Helpful Resources

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