Most charities rely on donations from the public to accomplish their goals. Some charities raise funds on their own, while others hire professional solicitors to raise funds on their behalf. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 68, § 24(c), professional solicitors must register with the AGO. Professional solicitors are paid by charitable organizations to solicit the public for donations.
In 2009, 666 charitable fundraising campaigns, conducted by 75 different professional solicitors, were registered in Massachusetts. Appendix I reports campaign results by the name of the professional solicitor. Appendix II reports results alphabetically by the name of the charitable organization. View the report.
In 2009, professional solicitors raised over $328 million. Of this amount only $141 million or 43% of the amount raised ended up with charity. This mean that on average, of every dollar that a professional solicitor raised for a charity in 2009, only 43 cents went to the charity.
Funds Raised by Professional Solicitors Yielded in 43% to the Charities
In 2009, professional solicitors raised $36 million more than they did in 2008. Further, a larger percentage of what was raised by professional solicitors in 2009 ended up with the charity. In 2008, professional solicitors raised approximately $292 million and the charities received 41% of that, or $121 million. In 2009, charities received 43%, or $141 million of what professional solictors raised.
Important Information for Giving
Before donating, donors should review this report to determine in prior campaigns, how much money ended up with a charity. Likewise, potential donors should ask how much of the donation will actually go the charity and how much is going to the professional fundraiser. Potential donors should ask for the exact name of the charity and for a precise description of what the charity does. Often, charities have similar names and potential donors should clarify if there is any relationship between charities that have similar names.
Potential donors should call the AGO at (617) 727-2200, ext. 2101, to find out if the charity and its fundraiser are registered to operate in the Commonwealth. The AGO does not endorse specific charities but does collect financial information which is available for public inspection. There are other issues that potential donors should consider when making charitable donations. Potential donors should review the AGO's webpages on Donating to a Charity which provides more information.
Notes on Appendix I and II
- In Appendix I , the first column on the left lists the professional solicitors alphabetically by name, and then lists alphabetically the charitable campaigns they conducted. In Appendix II , the first column lists the names of all the charitable organizations alphabetically, and the second column notes the solicitor responsible for each campaign.
- The second column notes whether the campaign involved the sale of any product or service, and whether the filing for that campaign was intended to serve for an interim period of the calendar year - i.e., the campaign continued beyond the end of 2009.
- The third column states the total amount of money raised during each of the charitable solicitation campaigns. Please note that this amount often reflects the results of a regional or national solicitation effort and not just the results of activity conducted in Massachusetts.
- Column four lists the amount the charity received at the end of the campaign, and column five presents that amount as a percentage of the total generated revenue.
The financial reports filed for each solicitation campaign can be viewed on the AGO's Public Charities Annual Filings website. If you have any questions, please call AGO's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division at (617) 727-2200, ext. 2101.
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