The California Attorney General recently released his 1997 Report on Charitable Solicitation by Commercial Fundraisers. That report dealt with charities and their commercial fundraisers that solicit primarily by direct mail and telephone. This supplement, required by Government Code section 12599(I), deals with a different sort of fundraising -- the public's donation of used personal property to charity and the resale of that property by for-profit thrift stores or commercial fundraisers operating vehicle donation programs for the benefit of charity.
Donors want to know what happens to their charitable gifts. The Attorney General's goal in issuing this supplement is to assist Californians by providing information that will help them critically evaluate charitable solicitation of used personal property.