Va. agency cautions on charitable giving

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 15 at 6:51 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's consumer affairs office is cautioning residents about contributing to charitable organizations that have not registered with the state.

The warning was issued this week involving the Wishing Well Foundation USA, based in suburban New Orleans. The consumer affairs office of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the foundation has solicited Virginians for contributions but has not filed with the department as required by law.

Residents can check on whether an organization is registered with the state by going to the department's Web site www.vdacs.virginia.gov/consumers and selecting "charitable search."

A message left by The Associated Press with the Wishing Well Foundation was not returned.

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