Charitable donations can be key sources of income for the more than 23,000 charities operating in Massachusetts, many of which rely on donations from the public to accomplish their goals. These reports and appendices break down the portion of funds raised by professional solicitors that were transferred to charity as opposed to the portion kept by the solicitor. These reports shine a light on professional fundraising and help you make informed decisions as to which charitable causes – and through which mode – you should donate. The amount of a donation solicited by a professional fundraiser that may go to charity can vary widely. We urge you to ask questions when someone is soliciting for a donation and consider whether you are donating directly to a charity and, if not, how much of your donation is going to the charity itself.