Charities

Charities

Charities Registration Section

PO Box 45021

Newark, NJ 07101

973-504-6215


Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


All Charities cases are handled by New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs

Listed below are some important Charity Links.


Americans give billions to charities every year. With over 1.5 million charities to select from throughout the country, sometimes the choices can be overwhelming. New Jersey residents generously donate their time and money to thousands of deserving charitable organizations. 

The majority of charities are reputable and do their best to use your contribution for worthwhile charitable activities. Some, however, are unscrupulous organizations posing as charities. These “fake charities” use various fund-raising approaches including door-to-door solicitation, canisters, direct mail, radio and television pleas, telemarketing and the Internet. 


How much of the donation goes to the actual cause?


Many Organizations are Tax Exempt and accept donations, but the donations are not tax deductible. 


Verify Verify Verify and research the charity you choose for your donation.


Know Your Charity
Never give to a charity you know nothing about. Ask for literature and read it. Ask questions. Honest charities encourage you to do so. 


  • Don't Be Fooled by a Convincing Name A dishonest charity will often have an impressive name or one that closely resembles the name of a respected, legitimate concern. 


  • Demand Identification
    Always ask to see identification for both the solicitor and the charity. Be suspicious of anyone who can't respond satisfactorily. All solicitors must disclose whether they are a volunteer or a paid solicitor. If they do not tell you, you may report the organization to the Charities Registration Section of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 973-504-6215.
     
  • Beware of Telephone Solicitations
    Refuse to commit yourself on the first call. If the charity sounds worthwhile, ask to be sent written information.
     
  • Don't Be Fooled by a Convincing Name A dishonest charity will often have an impressive name or one that closely resembles the name of a respected, legitimate concern. 


  • Don't Fall for the Tearjerker
    Don't give simply because of a pathetic “sob story.” The hard luck tale is a favorite of fraudulent operators. 

    

  • Demand Identification
    Always ask to see identification for both the solicitor and the charity. Be suspicious of anyone who can't respond satisfactorily. All solicitors must disclose whether they are a volunteer or a paid solicitor. If they do not tell you, you may report the organization to the Charities Registration Section of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 973-504-6215. 


 NJ Charity Laws & Regulations

Directory of Registered Charities NJ

Frequently Asked Questions

NJ Charities Registration




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