JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippians can use a valuable tool to help prevent themselves from becoming victims of charity fraud.
People who will donate to those in need this holiday season can research critical financial and other information about charities on the Secretary of State’s website.
“Our citizens are the most giving in the nation, and many choose to donate this time of year,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.
Consumer organizations recommend at least 65 percent of a charity’s total expenses be spent on program activities directly related to the charity’s purpose.
Charities soliciting funds in Mississippi must be registered with the Secretary of State’s Office.
Each year, the agency publishes a report that outlines the financial information of charities registered in the state, including the percentage of charitable funds actually spent by a charity for its charitable purpose.