It’s the time of year when you might be thinking about donating some money to charity. Maybe you’ve received a fundraising phone call or a request in the mail. But before you donate, you might want to check out the the Oregon Department of Justice 2013 list of the worst charities operating in Oregon. The Center for Investigative Reporting is also wrapping up its nationwide series on America’s Worst Charities, some of which fund raise in Oregon.
If your gift is to a 501C-3 nonprofit, you likely assume your donation is tax deductible. In Oregon, however, a unique law passed this year that might change that. It eliminates the state income tax deduction for gifts made to charities that don’t spend a minimal amount on their mission.
How much information do you get from charities before you donate to them? What information would you like to have?
- Kendall Taggart: Reporter for The Center for Investigative Reporting
- Elizabeth Grant: Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Charitable Activities Section of the Oregon Department of Justice