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Donate with honor, not to a sham charity             

Donate with honor, not to a sham charity             

Would you donate to a charity called Help the Vets? The appeal says your donation will help wounded and disabled military veterans. What about in response to a robocall that asks you to donate your car to Veterans of America? Sounds like a charity, right? Unfortunately, donations to Help the Vets weren’t spent helping disabled and wounded veterans. Very little was spent helping veterans in any way. And, allegedly, Veterans of America wasn’t a charity at all – it was…

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Be aware of potentially fraudulent solicitors

Be aware of potentially fraudulent solicitors

Each year, the Washington State Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division (AGO) and the Office of Secretary of State’s Charities Program (OSOS) reach out to grocery store managers across the state to provide important information about charitable solicitors. Increasingly, solicitors are asking for donations outside of retail establishments and will often set up a table at an entrance or exit of a store. They ask patrons for small cash, check, debit, or credit card donations, purportedly for various causes, such as…

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Corporations for Communities Awards 2017

Corporations for Communities Awards 2017

The Corporations for Communities Award honors extraordinary Washington businesses that give their best efforts in helping their communities. On Monday, December 4th, Secretary Wyman presented five businesses with a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award during a ceremony honoring the businesses for the exceptional work they have done for their communities. Honorable mentions and special recognition went to seven additional organizations. Secretary Wyman selected these businesses to receive the NASS Medallion Award for their efforts to go above and beyond…

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Dollivers visit building named after their father

Dollivers visit building named after their father

It isn’t every day that a building is named after one of your parents. In the case of Peter and Beth Dolliver, the James M. Dolliver Building in Olympia is named after their father, who was an advisor and chief of staff for Gov. Dan Evans for 12 years and later a State Supreme Court Justice for nearly a quarter century, including two years as Chief Justice. James Dolliver died in 2004 at age 80. The building, located at 801…

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Wyman & Ferguson: `Give smart’ to charity this season

Wyman & Ferguson: `Give smart’ to charity this season

Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are reminding Washingtonians to make wise choices when giving money to charity and avoid unscrupulous solicitors during this holiday season and beyond. The two statewide officials who deal most closely with charities also are sharing tips on how to “Give Smart.” They did a joint media blitz on Tuesday. Said Wyman: “People here in Washington are very generous. Many of us give money to help those in need, here or…

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Supporters can GiveBIG to WTBBL!

Supporters can GiveBIG to WTBBL!

Supporters of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library have a chance to put their money where their hearts are by donating to WTBBL during the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign Tuesday. GiveBIG is the one-day, online charitable giving event for King County nonprofits, where each gift is “stretched” to receive a percentage of a matching fund pool. You can GiveBIG to WTBBL by clicking here.  Can’t donate online or have questions? Call David Tuesday at (206) 615-0417 or (800) 542-0866…

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Reminding people to “Give Smart” to charity

Reminding people to “Give Smart” to charity

Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are reminding Washingtonians to make smart choices when giving money to charity and avoid unscrupulous solicitors during the upcoming holidays and afterward. The two statewide officials who deal most closely with charities are also sharing tips on how to “Give Smart.” Says Wyman: “Washington residents are so generous and caring. Whether it was the Oso tragedy last year or the wildfires throughout much of our state this summer, many of…

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WA wildfire relief efforts: Be smart if you give!

WA wildfire relief efforts: Be smart if you give!

(Photo courtesy of Omak-Okanogan Chronicle) This summer’s wildfire season is the worst in Washington state history, with nearly 1 million acres burned, hundreds of homes and other buildings destroyed, and three firefighters killed. Many Washingtonians are looking for ways to donate money or goods to help victims in our state. Before you give, the Office of Secretary of State wants to make sure you check out a charity before you donate! Unfortunately, there are plenty of unscrupulous people who use…

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Wyman & Ferguson: Don’t get scammed when giving to charity

Wyman & Ferguson: Don’t get scammed when giving to charity

KOMO-TV’s Connie Thompson interviews Secretary Wyman. With the holidays approaching, commercial fundraisers will ask for donations they say will go to charities. But Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are urging Washingtonians to think before they give. The two statewide officials spent Thursday morning doing TV and radio interviews to share tips — and warnings — on how to give wisely during the holiday season and beyond, and how to beware of unscrupulous fundraising. Said Wyman:…

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Philippines typhoon relief: Give wisely!

Philippines typhoon relief: Give wisely!

The widespread  devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last weekend has left an estimated 600,000 displaced and needing relief now. Many Washingtonians are looking for ways to donate money or goods to help victims. But before you give, the Office of Secretary of State wants to make sure you check out a charity fully before you donate! Unfortunately, there are plenty of unscrupulous people who use tragedy as a chance to scam generous people of their money. If…

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