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AG RELEASES 2005 REPORT PROFILING 20 NONPROFITS THAT GENERATED MOST INQUIRIES TO OREGON JUSTICE

November 28, 2005

Attorney General Hardy Myers today released his annual report profiling the twenty nonprofit organizations that generated the most inquiries to the Department of Justice over the past year.

"The unprecedented response to this year's spate of natural disasters has strained the resources of many charities, not just those involved in relief efforts," Myers said. "It is imperative, in such times, that donors choose charities that will make the most of their contributions."

The report entitled "Charitable Giving; It Makes a Difference" is available on the Department's web site at www.doj.state.or.us. In addition to information regarding mission, expenditures, fundraising practices and ratings by the Better Business Bureau and American Institute of Philanthropy, this year's report also includes executive compensation figures for the first time. A surprisingly wide variety of organizations made this year's list based on inquiries received by the Department's Charitable Activities Section.

This report, which represents only a miniscule sample of the 13,000+ charities registered with the Department, is provided as a tool to teach donors how to obtain information in order to make wise giving decisions. The Charitable Activities Section suggests a proactive approach to giving in order to conserve resources often diverted when responding to solicitations, particularly professional telemarketing. All Oregonians are encouraged to give generously to charities they have researched to ensure their contributions are used wisely.

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Victoria Cox, (971) 673-1880
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