RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State

STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Monday, December 8, 2003

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

THORNBURGH REMINDS KANSANS
TO CHECK BEFORE THEY GIVE

Topeka, KS - Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh reminds Kansans to check www.kscharitycheck.org 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.

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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.

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