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Do Research before Giving to Groups Claiming to Provide Relief for Bombing Victims
(Published: April 18, 2013)

While many Tennesseans want to provide financial assistance to victims of this week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, Secretary of State Tre Hargett warns would-be donors to be wary of bogus charities that may try to take advantage of the tragedy.

“It is an unfortunate reality that when tragic events like this occur, there are unscrupulous people who will try to profit from the kind-heartedness of others,” Secretary Hargett said. “It is very admirable that Tennesseans want to help those affected by this week's horrific event and - if they can afford to - they should. However, before making any charitable contribution, it is a good idea to do some homework first.”

Most types of charitable organizations are required to register and provide financial information to the Secretary of State’s Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming. Information on registered charities, including annual financial reports, is avai