Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp offers advice to individuals planning to donate to charitable organizations during the holiday season. As Secretary of State, Kemp serves as Georgia's charities regulator.
Secretary Kemp said, "During this holiday season, let's make the most of our contributions to individuals and families in need. Many wish to give back to those affected by tragedies through charitable donations, and I ask that donors familiarize themselves with an organization before giving. Charitable donations have the most impact when given to groups that spend responsibly. Advance research can do a lot to ensure gifts are being used properly."
Secretary Kemp issued the following tips for charitable giving:
Citizens can research organizations registered in Georgia by visiting the Secretary of State's website. Complaints can be filed against charitable organizations on the Secretary of State's Professional Licensing Boards Division website. If you have additional questions, please call the Georgia Secretary of State's Professional Licensing Boards Division, which oversees charitable organizations, at 478-207-2440.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office's wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, the oversight and regulation of securities and the administration of professional license holders.
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