Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of State filed disciplinary actions against 11 charitable organizations, professional solicitors and professional fundraising counsel during the month of September, Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres announced today.
In September, cease-and-desist orders were issued to the following organizations:
4 All Seasons Association d/b/a 4 All Seasons Thrift Shop, 507 Quall Court, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 AND 5550 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford, PA 17350
Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, P.O. Box 390412, Cambridge, MA 02139
Fall in RUV, 505 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801
Jewish Agency for Israel-North American Council, 633 Third Ave., 32nd Fl., Suite C, New York, NY 10017
Ralph Scott Winterburn, Tamaqua, PA
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.
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 file a complaint either online 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