Business Type: CHARITY SOLICITING ESTABLISHMENTS If solicited by phone mail or in person, ask for details about the solicitation. What is the name of the sponsoring organization or publication? What percentage of receipts go to charity? Legitimate groups will be glad to answer or send more information. In some cases you can go into the office and see the financial statement. Be wary of high pressure or threatening telephone promoters with hazy charity appeals. When you give wisely, you insure that they receive it. When a charity first comes to our attention......we contact Revenue Canada at 1-800-267-2384. This gives us a registration #..... We then contact the Registrar of Companies in BC. Charities must be registered. Next we contact the local charity if there is one on the island. We ask if they do the fund raising or if they have professional fund raisers. We ask for a financial statement. We then proceed to make our Read Out with all the information that we find....If a company refuses to furnish us with a financial statement, this is put in our records. For further information about individual companies, please call the Better Business Bureau at 386-6348 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or Fax 386-2367.