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How can I tell if a charity is legitimate?

Unless exempt, a charitable organization who is soliciting charitable contributions is required to be registered with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection.  Click here to see a list of charities that have registered with the Division.  The information provided on this list includes the percentage of contributions reported to be used in charitable purposes.

Those charities that are exempt from registration include churches, some broadcast media, political action committees, schools and governmental units; among others.  Click here for a list of Registration-Exempt Charities.

In addition, you may want to check with other organizations that might have information that could be helpful to you, including other government agencies that may have jurisdiction over the charity.  Also, the Better Business Bureau is a good resource for consumers to research the kind of reputation a charity may have in a local community.  You may also want to check to see if the charity has a local business license with the city or county in which they are located.

Click here for more information about charities and contributing wisely.

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