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Attorney General Hardy Myers today released his annual report profiling the twenty charitable organizations that generated the most inquiries to the Department of Justice over the past year.
"Many Oregonians are operating under the assumption that the majority of their contributions fund charitable programs," Myers said. "This report serves as a reminder that, particularly in cases where professional fund raisers are involved, that is not always the case."
The report entitled Charitable Giving; It Makes a Difference is currently available on the Department's web site at www.doj.state.or.us. The information included in the report was gleaned from tax returns filed with the Department. Expenditures made over the course of the reporting period were selected as the figures that best represent organizational efficiency. Five additional local charities also were profiled for comparison purposes.
This year's report includes three new categories of information: whether or not an organization meets the standards established by the Better Business Bureau; previous years (if any) in which an organization was profiled; and data regarding contracts with professional fund raisers.
"As Oregonians struggle with today's troubled economy, the work of our state's charities is more important than ever," Myers said. "Donors should use any available information to maximize the value of their charitable investment."
The Charitable Activities Section of the Oregon Department of Justice, which maintains financial information on over 11,000 charities, welcomes inquiries both online at www.doj.state.or.us and by phone at (503) 229-5725 and encourages Oregonians to give generously and wisely.
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