Friday, December 9, 2016

Check charities before donating

Secretary of State Dibbit Hosemann issued the following statement:

Check Your Charity on the SOS WebsiteBefore Donating This Holiday Season

Jackson, Miss.—Before you donate this holiday season, check out the financial practices of your charities of choice at the Secretary of State’s website.

“Mississippi is the most giving state in the Nation,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said. “Our goal is to help you make sure your donations reach those who need your generosity the most.  Please check your charity at to obtain financial information concerning any registered charity in Mississippi.”

The Council of Better Business Bureaus recommends at least 65% of a charitable organization’s total expenses be spent on program activities directly related to the organization’s purpose.

Charities soliciting funds in Mississippi must be registered with the Secretary of State’s Office.  Each year, the Agency publishes a Report on Charitable Organizations in Mississippi.  The report outlines the financial information of charities registered in the State, including the percentage of charitable funds actually spent by a charity for its charitable purpose.

For more information, call the Charities Division at (601) 359-1599 or


Anonymous said...

Stewpot is a local organization that provides for the less fortunate in the Jackson metro area, and a great place to contribute to.

Anonymous said...

Every Christmas for at least the last three, Stewpot has claimed to either have had a break-in or that they are running terribly short of things. I don't trust Stewpot. Also notice their Director has just resigned.

Anonymous said...

Stewpot Community Services Executive Director The Reverand Frank Spencer has served 15 years at Stewpot. Prior to that he served as Assistant Attorney General for Mississippi. Frank is retiring. His replaced is the Reverend Jill Buckley. Stewpot serves many thousands clients through their food pantry, meals-on-wheels, daily dining room meals, after school tutoring, cloths closet, medical services, housing for homeless men, women and children, and many other services to those in need. Donations of money and goods support these programs. It is a most worthy charity.

Anonymous said...

12:20 pm- have you ever visited or volunteered at Stewpot? Evidently not because if you had you would realize your comments were far from true.

Anonymous said...

Beginning Again in Christ is a prison ministry that needs help. If you do not have a favored charity this Christmas season, please consider them.

Anonymous said...

Stewpot is an excellent charity. I daresay if Stewpot did not exist, Jackson would see even more crime because desperate people will endeavor to feed themselves even if it requires theft to obtain food. Stewpot is besieged this time of year because the weather is cold and people are hungry. If you doubt this, then bestir your fat, lazy ass and volunteer there for even one day to see for yourself.

Kingfish, your ability to patiently explain facts to idiots who contradict everything you report here earns you a gold star in my book. Please keep up the good work. A lot of us out here really appreciate you!

Anonymous said...

Stewpot is ranked very high in transparency among nonprofits. Go to charity navigator and to the Stewpot website. All financial records are there. Stewpot is run very efficiently. "Running short on things" is the nature if a non-profit that serves literally hundreds of people every day. Two if Stewpot's emergency shelters were previously funded by HUD, which changed their focus away from emergency shelters to transitional and rapid rehousing, causing Stewpot to lose those grants THROUGH NO FAULT Of THEIR OWN. The Executive Director is retiring after 15 years so any implication of him resigning due to any problems are entirely without merit.

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