The Attorney General?s Charities Bureau has many tools for people who wish to make informed decisions about their charitable donations. The office releases an annual report documenting how for-profit "telemarketers" pocket the bulk of contributions New Yorkers give to charities. According to the report, in 2008 an average of just 39.5 cents of every charitable dollar raised by these professional telemarketing companies actually went to charity. Many charities across the state received even less. Follow the links on this page to find the report, or search it electronically.
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