When a charity that you are not familiar with calls you for a donation, ask for its New York State charities registration number! Then ask the caller to send you something in the mail that you can read and think about before making a donation. All legitimate charities must be registered with the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau.
Contact the Charities Bureau by visiting CharitiesNYS.com
or calling 1-212-416-8401 to investigate the charity.