How To Respond to a Professional Solicitor by Phone?

According to state law, the caller must disclose the following facts:

            * The name of the professional solicitor (as on file with the Attorney                                        General’s Office).

                * The name and address of the charity that will receive the donation.

                * The specific charitable purpose for which the donation will be used.

Warning signs to look for when deciding to make a donation:

            * The caller is hesitant to answer any of your questions.

                * High pressure tactics are used.

                * The name of the charity sounds similar to a well-known national charity.

                * Caller requests that your check be made payable to an individual rather than the charity.

                * You are “guaranteed to win a prize” if you make a donation.

                * The caller offers to have a courier immediately pick up the donation from                              you instead of waiting to receive it through the mail. 

Where can I get more information on charitable organizations and professional solicitors?

             * Call the charity directly and request brochures and financial reports.

             * Call your local Better Business Bureau. (Cleveland 216-241-7678;)

                 * Contact Attorney General  Charitable Foundations Section or file a complaint on their website (Search

The hotline number is 1-800-282-0515 or write to: Ohio Attorney General
Charitable Foundations Section, 101 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio,

**Information provided by the Ohio Attorney General's Office

Copyright NEOCH and the Homeless Grapevine published June 1996-July 1996 Issue 16