Charitable Giving For Donors
Financial and Other Information About Charities
The Charitable Trust Section functions for Michigan citizens as a repository of financial and other information about charities they may want to support. At any one time there are more than 6,000 charities registered with the Attorney General's Charitable Trust Section. Most charities soliciting contributions in Michigan are required to register with the Charitable Trust Section. One of the goals of the Attorney General is to help educate the public and to assist them in making wise choices about what charities to support. For more information and a list of the kinds of questions citizens should ask before contributing to a charity, read Wise Charitable Giving Guide.
Click here to search and obtain a report on a charity.
Click here to access annual Professional Fundraising Charitable Solicitation Reports.
Click here to see a list of registered charities.
If you have questions about a charity, call the Charitable Trust Section at (517) 373-1152.
Police and fire fighter groups that solicit in Michigan are required to register with the Attorney General. Most of the police and fire fighter groups are not charities. To learn more about these groups and their solicitations, see our article Police and Fire Solicitations...What You Should Know.
If you have questions or would like financial information about a public safety organization, call the Charitable Trust Section at (800) 769-4515.
Click here, to see a list of police and fire groups and their fundraisers.
Supervision of Charitable Trusts
Most organizations that hold charitable assets in Michigan must be registered with the Charitable Trust Section. Over 13,000 organizations, private foundations and trusts are registered with the Attorney General's office, accounting for billions of dollars of charitable assets. For more information on the law and how it applies to organizations, read How and Why The Michigan Attorney General Supervises Charitable Trusts. This information also helps answer questions for attorneys who assist individuals or groups in forming private or public foundations or charitable organizations.
Consumer Alerts & Advice for Donors
- 'Tis The Season for Wise Charitable Giving
- A Job Offer Too Good To Be True
- AG Tips for Hiring a Professional Fund Raiser
- Car Donation Programs - Proceed with Caution
- Charity Board Members -- Their Obligations
- Checking On A Charity -- Did You Receive A Solicitation or an "Education"
- Don't Be Taken In By Disaster Scams - Lessons Learned
- How & Why The AG Supervises Charitable Trusts
- Police And Fire Solicitations... What You Should Know
- Wise Charitable Giving
How to Contact the Charitable Trust Section
Charitable Trust Section
P.O. Box 30214
Lansing, MI 48909-7714
Questions About Charities, call (517) 373-1152
Questions About Police or Fire Organizations, call (800) 769-4515