Skip Navigation
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul
Home | Careers | Press Room | Opinions | Español | Other Languages | Contact Us

Building Better Charities

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
• Articles of incorporation or trust instrument
• Annual financial reports, including the form AG 990-IL, a copy of the federal return (form IRS 990 or form IRS 990PF), and if required, a copy of the CPA audit report

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:
• how much money the charitable organization received
• how the charitable organization spent the donations, including money paid to professional fund-raisers
• how much the charitable organization paid their three highest paid employees
• the value of the charitable organization’s assets and liabilities as of the end of the year

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.

go to top of page

Return to Building Better Charities Main Page
© 2020 Illinois Attorney General HomePrivacy Policy Contact Us