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The Official Word: What State Charities Webpages Tell The Public

Barber, Putnam

In reports, speeches and press interviews at the time, the early advocates for regulation of charitable solicitations made frequent reference to the need to protect donors from charlatans masquerading as supporters of charitable causes and from ostensibly charitable organizations that operated so inefficiently as to be unworthy of the public’s generosity. This research project has examined the support given to the interests of donors by the websites of both the states that regulate charitable solicitations and those few that do not regulate but nonetheless provide some advice about donating. As will be seen, a few states provide comprehensive resources in support of public generosity. Others are more limited, and a small number use the World-Wide Web solely in support of their requirements for registration and reporting on solicitation activities within their states.

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