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Charitable Trusts

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Under the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, the Registry of Charitable Trusts monitors, audits, and registers charitable (public benefit) organizations to determine whether the assets they hold for the public benefit are properly administered. The files and annual financial reports of 58,000 registered charitable nonprofit organizations are available for public inspection. The office also oversees some 20,000 additional hospitals, educational institutions and religious organizations not required to register.

Registry of Charitable Trusts
P.O. Box 903447
Sacramento, CA 94203-4470
(916) 445-2021 (recording)
(800) 952-5225 (recording)

Mailing Address:
P.O. 903447
Sacramento, CA 94203-4470

Complaint jurisdiction:

Improper administration of public benefit organizations or charities, diversion of haritable assets, self dealing, conflict of interest, embezzlement, imprudent investments, failure to carry out charitable programs, and fraudulent solicitation practices.

For a list of commercial fund raising entities, write to:

California Department of Justice
Office of the Attorney General
Pubic Inquiry
PO Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550

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