The Secretary of State regulates charitable organizations operating within the state. All charitable organizations are required to register with the Secretary of State unless exempted by law. You can search the Secretary of State’s database for registered charities at http://verify.sos.ga.gov/websites/verification/. Before contributing to any charity, you may want to obtain additional information about the charity, such as how it uses the contributions it receives and whether it uses a paid solicitor. For additional information about any charitable organization, you can call the Securities and Business Regulation Division of the Secretary of State at 404.656.3920.