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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.
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.
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.
To Check Up On A Company Or See If It's Legit
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
Complaining About A Business
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.
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The AARP offers legal advocacy for seniors and may also have state specific consumer brochures which are available to everyone.
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Tips On Charitable Giving
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Tips On Charitable Giving (BBB)
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