JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Secretary of State says people need to be smart when making a donation to a charity during the holiday season.
Delbert Hosemann says the holidays bring out the best and the worst in people.
He says people who donate to charity should check it out and make sure any donation you give is spent for a cause you support.
Hosemann says charities must be registered with the Secretary of State’s Office to solicit funds in the State of Mississippi.
Each year, the Secretary of State’s office publishes a Report on Charitable Organizations in Mississippi.
This report outlines the financial information of charities registered in the State, in addition to the percentage of charitable funds actually spent by a charity for its charitable purpose.
The Better Business Bureau recommends at least 65% of total expenses of a charitable organization should be spent on program activities directly related to the organization’s purpose.