Customer Alert – Attorney General Takes Action Against Veterans Charities

On July 19, 2018, the California Attorney General, Federal Trade Commission and other state Attorneys General announced enforcement actions have been taken against charities that conduct fundraising solicitations that falsely promise to help veterans and military service members.  More information about this enforcement and education effort is available through the California Attorney General's press release at https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-becerra-announces-wide-reaching-actions-protect-californians.

Action to Check Status of Charities

Charities conducting fundraising activities in California must register with the California Attorney General's Registrar of Charitable Trusts.  The Registrar of Charitable Trusts has a look up tool available on their website for potential donors and other interested parties to check the validity and status of registered charities, as well as to view available filings that have been made with the Registrar of Charitable Trusts.

Additional information regarding qualified tax exempt charities is available from the California Franchise Tax Board (Exempt Organizations look up list at https://www.ftb.ca.gov/businesses/Exempt-organizations/Entity-List.shtml) and Internal Revenue Service (Tax Exempt Organization Search https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search).

California and Foreign Business Entities (Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Partnerships) register with the California Secretary of State prior to seeking tax exemption and registering with the Registrar of Charitable Trusts.  Documents filed with the Secretary of State are available for free downloading at California Business Search (BusinessSearch.sos.ca.gov).