Colorado’s Secretary of State wants you to make sure the charity receiving your money this holiday season is, indeed, charitable.
There are a few tips the Secretary of State has for Coloradans: Don’t give cash, and beware of names that sound awfully similar to well-known nonprofits. You can even go as far as requesting a copy of a charity’s 990 form, which is filed with the IRS.
The website checkthecharity.com is run by the Secretary of State. There, you can see which organizations are registered with the state, and whether or not they’re in good standing. Of the nearly 450 charities in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties, most are in good standing.
On the website, however, you can see those that aren’t. Pitkin County’s search results show, for example, the 24 hours of Aspen Foundation has been suspended for not paying fees. Aspen Center for Integral Health has withdrawn, meaning it's no longer accepting donations.