| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Monday, December 8, 2003
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
THORNBURGH REMINDS KANSANS
TO CHECK BEFORE THEY GIVE
Topeka, KS - Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh reminds Kansans to check
before they give to a charitable organization.
"This is a resource for all Kansans to use and make informed charitable
giving decisions," stated Thornburgh. "I encourage Kansans to research
solicitations by charitable organizations before making the ultimate decision
to give. While most charitable solicitations are valid, all too often only a
fraction of the money donated ends up in the hands of the charitable organization."
The website includes a search feature that allows users to search the approximately
1,021 charitable organizations registered in Kansas; determine the amount of
money raised by the charitable organization; the percentage of money the organization
uses for fund raising expenses; and the amount of money the organization contributes
to the charitable purpose. The same information can be obtained from the Secretary
of State's office by calling 1(785)296-4564.
Kansas Charity Check is provided by a partnership between the Secretary of
State's office, Attorney General's office and the Department of Aging to promote
and encourage informed decisions when contributing to a charitable organization.
Kansas law requires most charitable organizations, and the professional fund-raisers
and solicitors who work for them, to register with the Kansas Secretary of State.
The registration provides public information regarding operations, solicitation
costs, and the net amount donated to the charitable purpose.