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Contact Information and Resources

Government Contacts

Internal Revenue Service Exempt organization customer service address: Internal Revenue Service TE/GE Customer Account Services P.O. Box 2508 Cincinnati, OH 45201

  • Tax-exempt assistance: 1-877-829-5500

  • General tax questions: 1-800-829-1040

  • Order forms and publications: 1-800-829-3676

  • Website: www.irs.gov

  • Verify tax-exempt status

  • Verify tax deductibility

  • Obtaining federal tax-exempt status

  • Completing federal tax forms

  • Specialized assistance to tax-exempt organizations

Attorneys General offices, or Departments of Justice, Charitable Activities Section Most states have an active unit of the Attorney General’s office that are willing to help consumers. Check with NASCO (National Association of State Charities Officials) at www. NASCOnet.org, look under US State Charity Offices and click on the state of interest.

  • Reporting illegal activity by nonprofit organizations

  • Information about charitable organizations and copies of annual reports

  • Questions about professional fundraising reporting requirements

  • Registrations of charitable corporations or trusts

  • Questions about annual reports for charitable organiza- tions

  • Merging nonprofit organizations

  • Serving as a board member of a nonprofit organization

  • Dissolving nonprofit organizations

Secretary of State, Corporation Division Check phone number on the Internet or your local phonebook under state government.

  • Verifying that a nonprofit corporation is in fact incorpo- rated and current in its filing

  • Obtaining copies of filed articles of incorporation and amendments

  • Forming a new corporation

  • Obtaining state identification numbers

  • Merging nonprofit corporations

  • Amending articles of incorporation

  • Dissolving nonprofit corporations

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Response Center 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20580 1-877-382-4357 Website: www.ftc.gov

  • Information on fraudulent, deceptive and unfair busi-

ness practices

  • How to file a complaint

Christian Ministry Marketplace

Secular Resources

MinistryWatch.com 1 (866) 364-9980 www.ministrywatch.com A free donor advocate service. Aid donors in understanding the key issues concerning a ministry’s operations.

GuideStar www.guidestar.org Largest public search engine of nonprofit organizations. Provides access to many tax-exempt organization’s IRS Form 990s. Some knowledge of accounting may be necessary to understand the documents found on this site.

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 1 (800) 323-9473 www.ecfa.org A membership ministry advocate. A peer accountability membership group. Primary responsibility to the ministries that pay dues to the ECFA and thereby fund its operations.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance www.give.org A charitable watchdog site. The Alliance reports on nationally soliciting charitable organizations that are the subject of do- nor inquiries. These reports include an evaluation of the sub- ject charity in relation to the voluntary BBB charity standards.

WWW.thegoodsteward.com Growing source of information on all areas of stewardship.

Generous Giving www.generousgiving.org Nonprofit that seeks to encourage givers of all income levels to experience the joy of giving and embrace a lifestyle of generosity, according to God’s word and Christ’s example. It was launched in 2000 by the Maclellan Foundation.

Charity Navigator www.charitynavigator.org Helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health of each charity in its database.

Charity Channel www.charitychannel.com Known best for its nonprofit email arena discussion forums.

Royal Treasure 1 (770) 977-4502 www.royaltreasure.org Nonprofit teaching Biblical Stewardship to women.

The American Institute of Philanthropy www.charitywatch.org A charitable watchdog group that rates US charities in differ- ent categories. Fee for reports. They also provide tips to insure safe giving.

The Gathering www.gatheringweb.com Conferences, email forums, conference calls and other activi- ties for those that give a minimum of $200,000 annually to Christian ministries or have the capacity to do so.

The Charities Review Council www.crcmn.org Conducts detailed reviews of national and local charitable organizations soliciting in the State of Minnesota. They also provide tips and guides for donors to help them make wise giving decisions.

National Christian Foundation www.nationalchristian.com Facilitates Christian stewardship. Helps donors set up a Stewardship Fund, a donor advised fund, liquidate assets, provide gift annuities, trusts, scholarships, and endowments.

Idealist.org / Action Without Borders www.idealist.org Provides an array of nonprofit and volunteering resources.

Calvin Edwards, & Co. Info@calvinedwardscompany.com For profit organization providing philanthropic counsel to high- capacity Christian donors.

Geneva Global info@GenevaGlobal.com www.genevaglobal.com For profit organization assisting individual donors.

Independent Sector www.independentsector.org A national leadership forum, working to encourage philan- thropy, volunteering, nonprofit initiative and citizen action that help to better serve people and communities. There is a section on ethics and accountability, including donor's bill of rights, related publications, articles and other resources.

Chronicle of Philanthropy www.philanthropy.com Biweekly newspaper of the nonprofit world.

Excellence in Giving www.excellenceingiving.com For profit organization with tailored services of affluent fami- lies and individuals.

The Nonprofit Times www.nptimes.com Articles and topics related to nonprofits.

The Legacy Group www.philanthropyatwork.com For profit organization to assist private wealth management and those to achieve charitable goals.

The Eternity Portfolio www.eternityportfolio.com Book by Alan Gotthardt that shows how to get the ultimate return on your investments through investing in eternity.

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Strategic Resource Group www.srginc.org Nonprofit directing people, prayer and financial resources with churches and key ministries in the Middle East.

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