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The following general information is provided after all reports on charities. The Chicago Bureau routinely advises that whether you are approached to give money in person, by phone, or through the mail, do not succumb to pressure to give money on the spot. Most organizations will accept your donations at anytime. Check the organization soliciting and the use of your donations carefully before making any type of donation no matter how worthy the cause.
In addition, all charitable organizations in Illinois that are soliciting contributions must register with the Illinois Attorney General's Office. You may wish to check with the Illinois Attorney General's Office to see if the charity you are interested in donating money to has filed the appropriate forms with that government agency.