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Where are your donations going?
Most recently in the news and on Facebook reports of FAKE charities announcing to provide support for Patrick. Patrick was starved and placed in a plastic bag, thrown down the garage shoot only to be discovered by a good Samaritan.. and now Patrick is making an amazing recovery and has moved the world. Yet in all the good will to financial help support the cost of recovery, there is exploitation of animals lovers. Not knowing those donation have gone to fake non-profits, the organization is not registered with their respective states nor with the IRS.
So how do you check to make sure your hard-earned money is going to the registered 501 (c) (3) of your choice?
IRS has a search for Charities: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html
“Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, is a list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. This online version is offered to help you conduct a more efficient search of these organizations.”
Here is a consumer’s opportunity to exercise, you may verify an organization’s tax-exempt status and eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions by asking to see an organization’s IRS letter recognizing it as tax-exempt. You may also confirm an organization’s status by calling the IRS (toll-free) at 1-877-829-5500.
Now if your know the non-profit to be real, no worries. What about all those others? How do you know? First check with your State Secratary, if your live in Connecticut, then go directly to the IRS link to confirm remember you can ask the animal organization directly or talk with the IRS http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html
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