Warning About Telephone Solicitation
The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association NEVER Solicits Over the Phone
The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association and Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes never raise funds through telephone solicitations, Period. If you are called by someone claiming to represent the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association seeking a donation, please inform the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association immediately at 770-914-1076.
In general, it’s a good idea to follow these precautions when considering gifts over the phone:
- Ask the solicitor what percentage of funds raised actually goes to the charity and what goes to fundraising.
- Insist on receiving materials by U.S. mail. Never allow a courier to pick up your contribution, and don’t be swayed by “professional-looking” materials alone.
- Reputable organizations can provide copies of their annual report and their official IRS letter designating the organization a tax-exempt 501(c)(3).
You can verify official charities and non-profits in the state of Georgia by contacting the Secretary of State at 404-656-3920 or by visiting the official website.
To file a complaint, contact the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-869-1123.