MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrel is warning people that donations to professional fundraisers frequently result in only a small fraction of the donations reaching the intended charity.

Sorrell says only about 25 percent of donations made through companies hired to solicit charitable donations reach the charity.

The Attorney General's office registers all paid fundraisers that run solicitation campaigns in Vermont and requires them to file an annual financial report for each campaign.

Based on data from the 389 reports filed for campaigns conducted between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, paid fundraisers raised over $3.1 Million from Vermonters, but the named charities received only about $860,000, about 22 percent of the total.