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Project Foot’s paperwork approved

Project Foot is now authorized to solicit for charitable donations in Virginia.

The Florida-based organization, which says it helps veterans and military families, was the subject of a warning from a state agency in mid-December. The Office of Consumer Affairs told consumers that they couldn’t verify that donations would be used for a charitable purpose–these types of warnings are relatively rare.

A month later, the organizers still hadn’t filed the appropriate paperwork, but were working on it. The Marine Corps also released information about the military record of a Stafford man tied to the organization.

Elaine Lidholm, communications director for the agency, said today that the agency had received Project Foot’s paperwork and that it was approved.

“Otherwise, I don’t think we would have put them up,” she said about the Charitable Organization Database, where potential donors can check on organizations. (When I typed in Project Foot, the results had not been updated yet.)