John P. McDonough, Secretary of State
Welcome to the Charitable Organization Division
Peter Fosselman, Deputy Secretary of State, Director ~ Teresa Owens, Administrator, Administrator
The Charitable Organizations Division annually registers,
regulates and renews charitable organizations, professional solicitors and
fund-raising counsel doing business in the State of Maryland. This includes
the review of a charitable organization's financial and governing documents,
as well as the review of all fund-raising contracts.
The Division administers and reviews applications for participation
in the Maryland Charity Campaign for Maryland State Employees and Retirees.
In order to encourage public confidence in the integrity of charities,
current law mandates that charities reveal to the public their financial
and programmatic activities, with the view that an informed public will
exercise prudence in giving.
Legislation also established a Charitable Giving Information Program
comprised of a toll-free line, a speaker's bureau and the production of
charitable giving literature. The program is designed to increase public
awareness and encourage questions regarding charitable giving, as well
as to offer the public a means of voicing concerns and reporting suspected
violations of the charitable law.
Statutory Authority: Business Regulation Article,
through 6-701 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.