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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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Suspicious about a request for money? Check it out first

Suspicious about a request for money? Check it out first

Recently, a pair of solicitations for money surfaced that insinuated connections to the Office of Secretary of State. Although each is easy to debunk with a little research, their appearance is a good reminder that if you have questions about a bill, check it out before you send a check. In the first case, about which the Secretary of State has issued an official press release to raise awareness, an Edmonds business received a letter from a “Filing Compliance Department”…

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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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Reminder: Aug. 31 is deadline to nominate a WA company for state honor

Reminder: Aug. 31 is deadline to nominate a WA company for state honor

If you know a Washington corporation or business that gives back to your community, you have until the Aug. 31 deadline to nominate it for a 2017 Corporations for Communities Award. Nomination forms can be found here. Past nominations included charitable activities like paid time for employee volunteer work, sponsoring and organizing fundraisers, matching of employee giving efforts, direct cash and in-kind donations, and building a community of giving within their organizations. Winners will be announced in late September, with…

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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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Bill changing uniform business organizations code signed into law

Bill changing uniform business organizations code signed into law

A bill requested by Secretary of State Wyman and her Corporations Division has been signed into law by Gov. Inslee Monday. Senate Bill 5040 makes revisions and clarifying changes to the uniform business organizations code. The Office of Secretary of State’s Corporations Division worked with the Washington State Bar Association on crafting language for the bill, which provides a technical clean-up for a new law passed in 2016. “The uniform business organizations code was adopted last year with the goal…

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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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Wyman honors companies that give back to communities

Wyman honors companies that give back to communities

Secretary Wyman with Corporations for Communities Award winners and honor roll recipients in the Capitol Rotunda. Four Washington companies have been honored for giving back to their local communities. They received the 2016 Corporations for Communities Award, which honors exceptional Washington businesses that make it a priority to help the community. Representatives from Kent-based Sleep Train and Republic Services in Bellevue are the two winners of the large-company category. Birch Equipment in Bellingham and US Martial Arts Center (Olympia) are…

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