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‘Tis the season for verifying

Mississippians, and we’re not breaking any new ground here, are generous folks.

The holiday season brings out the best of that generosity, but it also turbo-charges the counter-culture of charitable scams.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has kicked off his annual campaign to keep those scams to a minimum.

Hosemann’s “Check Your Charity” tool is available on his website here.  Check Your Charity publishes the financial particulars of charities registered with the state, which they’re required by law to do. You can get a break down of  how much money actually went to a charity’s cause, and how much went elsewhere.

The Better Business Bureau says that a valid charity spends at least 65 percent of its money toward its mission. 

So after you’ve verified that your targeted charity is legit, give as much as you can so we can maintain our reputation for being nice and caring people.

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