SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Missouri charity records

Monday, December 5, 2011 | 10:36 a.m. CST; updated 4:02 p.m. CST, Monday, December 5, 2011

Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

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The records: Missouri charity records show how much of the donations go to charitable purposes.

Why you'd want them: When you donate your hard-earned money, you want to make sure it is going to the cause. This website provided by the Attorney General lets you view all charities or search for a specific one to see what percentage of donations go to charitable purposes and what goes to administrative costs and fundraising expenses. The information is provided voluntarily by the charities.

Where you get the records: Go to the Missouri Attorney General’s website at Click on the “Consumer Protection” tab at the top, and scroll down to the “Check a Charity” tab. From there you can search by charity name or view all the charities.

How much it will cost: The information is free. 

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