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03/19/2018

February - Department of State Announces Disciplinary Actions Against Charitable Organizations

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of State filed disciplinary actions against 6 charitable organizations, professional solicitors and professional fundraising counsel during the month of February, Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres announced today.

A monthly list of disciplinary actions imposed by the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations is available online.
 
In February, cease-and-desist orders were issued to the following organizations:
·         Racing for Heroes and Michael Evock, Chairman of the Board, P.O. Box 410, Beech Creek, PA 16822
·         Salem Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, 637 East 5th Street, Berwick, PA 18603
 
Acting Secretary Torres noted that those organizations may not solicit donations or conduct fundraising activities until they have come into compliance with the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act.
The Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations maintains a comprehensive list of charitable organizations, professional solicitors and professional fundraising counsel that have been subject to sanctions or corrective measures. This list contains the most up-to-date information on any specific disciplinary action.
Each entry includes the name of the charitable organization, professional solicitor or professional fundraising counsel, address, sanction imposed, a description of the basis for the disciplinary or corrective measure and the effective date.
Anyone who suspects unethical activity by a charitable organization can contact the Bureau’s Division of Charities Investigations/Audits by emailing RA-STBEICIU@pa.gov or by calling (717) 787-0700.
The Bureau oversees the registration of more than 12,000 charitable organizations, professional solicitors and professional fundraising counsel. A list of registration exclusions and exemptions for charitable organizations can be found on the Department’s website.
Violations of the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act may result in disciplinary actions including civil penalties and the suspension or revocation of a registration.
MEDIA CONTACT: Wanda Murren, (717) 783-1621
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