Schuette Releases Annual Giving Wisely Brochure, Encourages Michigan Residents to Give Wisely During the Holiday Season

Contact: Andrea Bitely, Megan Hawthorne; 517-373-8060

November 21, 2018

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today joined the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Council of Michigan Foundations and Michigan Association of United Ways to announce the release of the annual Giving Wisely brochure, a resource to help Michigan donors make wise charitable gifts this holiday season. 

“As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, many of us are thinking about what we are grateful for and what we can do to help others this holiday season,” said Schuette.  “Many residents choose the holiday season to give to charity and that is why we publish Giving Wisely each year. It is a way to give donors peace of mind and ensures that their donations reach worthwhile organizations.”  

Charitable giving increases during the holiday season and many charities begin their end of the year fundraising appeals. Giving Wisely is a free handout that provides timely and critical advice to anyone considering a donation. The resource offers information on how Michigan citizens can protect their personal and financial information and donate safely online. It also cautions citizens to be wary of aggressive or misleading fundraising phone calls.

Giving Wisely reminds citizens to choose carefully which charities to support financially and encourages donating time and talents to charity. The Giving Wisely handout is available for download and can be read on the Attorney General's website.


Since taking office in 2011, Schuette’s Charitable Trust Section has combatted charity fraud and helped to educate Michigan families and businesses to make the most of their generous donations.

Over the last two years, Attorney General Schuette’s Charitable Trust Section has ramped up its enforcement of Michigan’s law prohibiting deceptive charitable solicitations.

Below are some of Michigan’s recent charitable solicitations fraud actions:

  1. Schuette Leads Multi-State to Shut Down Deceptive Veterans Charity
  2. Florida Charity to Pay Over $100K to Breast Cancer Research, and is Banned From Soliciting in Michigan for Ten Years Due to Deceptive Fundraising
  3. Utah Fundraiser to Pay $90K and Cease Michigan Solicitations Through 2020 for Fundraising Misrepresentations
  4. Schuette: Deceptive Charity to Cease Operation after Misleading Donors
  5. Schuette Obtains Fine Against Dearborn-based Fundraiser for Illegally Operating Clothing Donation Bins
  6. Schuette: Texas-based Fundraiser Pays $75,000 for Operating Deceptively Labeled Clothing Bins
  7. Florida-based Food for the Poor Agrees to Pay $300,000 to Settle Allegations of Deceptive Charitable Solicitations    
  8. Schuette Alleges that Maryland Charity is Defrauding the Public

Before you write a check, please feel free to call the Attorney General's Charitable Trust Section at 517-373-1152 to inquire about a charity. You can also search for registered charities or learn more on the Attorney General's website.