For the first time, consumers interested in learning about Ohio charities can get information from the Ohio Attorney General’s web page.
The brand new online charitable registration system was designed to assist charities in complying with state laws that require annual filings with the Attorney General’s office. But a wider-reaching change created with the new system makes that information available to the public.
In addition to contact information, web users will learn if an organization is compliant with its Ohio registration requirements, or whether filings are delinquent. Following the first complete year of filings with the new system, additional financial information will be provided about each group.
“Donors need to ask questions and seek information about a group and its activities when they are considering making a gift,” said Pete Thomas, chief of the Charitable Law Section. “We hope to add additional tools over time that will assist Ohioans in making wise donor decisions.”
Thomas said that citizens can always contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office with additional questions or concerns about charitable organizations or fundraising efforts. “We rely on information from the public in order to take action against scam charities and fundraisers,” he said. “Our goal is to protect the limited resources of Ohio’s charities so they can continue offering important programs and services to the public.”