Frequently Asked Questions
I have just been solicited by a charity. How can I get information about the organization?
All charities that solicit in Illinois should be registered with the Office of the Attorney General. The Attorney General’s office can tell you if a charitable organization is registered and current in its reporting requirements.
If the charity is registered, the Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Bureau can provide the following public information:
• CO-1 registration form
Contact the Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Bureau at 312-814-2595 (TTY: 1-800-964-3013) for copies of these materials. There is a copying fee of 15 cents per page.
What information is on a charitable organization’s form AG 990-IL?
Form AG 990-IL reports on the following information:
Can I get information about a charitable organization’s operations and expenditures directly from the charitable organization?
Yes. Federal law requires each charitable organization to send you a copy of its federal form 990 for a reasonable charge.
How do I know if a charity is using a professional fund-raiser?
Illinois law requires paid fund-raisers to identify themselves as such and to name the charity for which they’re soliciting.
I have just been solicited by a paid fund-raiser. If I donate, how much of my contribution will go to the charity?
Illinois law requires paid fund-raisers to disclose what percentage of your contribution will go to the charity (and what percentage will pay their salaries) if asked.Return to Building Better Charities Main Page