Charities

The Virginia Solicitation of Contributions Law (VSOC) requires that prior to any solicitation, every charitable organization, which intends to solicit contributions in Virginia or have funds solicited on its behalf, file an initial registration statement with the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) within the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).  OCRP is responsible for the administration of the VSOC law and handles complaints regarding charitable solicitations.   Registration with OCRP does not imply endorsement of a public solicitation for contributions.

 

 

For more information, visit the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) website.

Contact OCRP by calling: (804) 371-0495

 

File a charitable solicitation complaint with the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs.

 

Search the OCRP Database to see if a charity is registered in Virginia:

Registered Charitable Organization Database

 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published helpful information on their web site concerning what to do before you give, as well as charity scams.

FTC's - Before Giving to a Charity

For further assistance call our Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-552-9963 if calling from Virginia, or (804) 786-2042 if calling from the Richmond area or from outside Virginia. Our business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.