A09085 Summary:

BILL NO    A09085 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Titone

COSPNSR    Miller, Raia, McDonough, Barrett, Cahill, Galef, Sepulveda

MLTSPNSR   Cook, Lupinacci, Millman, Mosley, Rivera, Robinson

Add S178, Exec L

Relates to the disclosure of charitable fund disbursements after donations;
requires any charitable organization, professional fund raiser, or professional
solicitor to disclose ex-post facto the allocation of disbursements in written
communication sent following the donation; provides such disclosure to include
the dollar amount allocated toward charitable purposes.
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A09085 Actions:

BILL NO    A09085 

03/13/2014 referred to governmental operations
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A09085 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A09085 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A9085

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the
disclosure of charitable fund disbursements after donations

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the disclosure of
charitable fund disbursements after donations.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: This bill requires all charities, fundraisers, or
professional solicitors to disclose to donors the allocation of their
donated funds. The information will inform donors of what percentage
of their contributions went towards charitable work, and the dollar
amount that was allocated for other purposes which includes but is not
limited to administrative expenses.

Section 2: Establishes the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

According to a report by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman,
charity telemarketing companies keep an estimated sixty two percent of
donations; which means that most of the donated funds aren't going
towards the causes that need them.

Seniors and disabled people are also disproportionately targeted
because of their sedentary lifestyle, higher likelihood to be at home,
and their proclivity to donate money. The higher potential of their
being lonely also plays a part which opens them up to being more
easily exploited.

People have the right to know how much of their money is actually
being used to aid the charities of their choice, so this bill
addresses that issue. Charity organizations will be required to
disclose to the donors through a letter where each percentage of their
donation is being spent. Because of the disclosure of this
information, supporters can make more educated decisions on how much
they want to donate and which organizations would benefit more from
their donations. Also since charities will be forced to be more
transparent, they make choose to allocate more funds towards the
causes the stand for instead of the telemarketing companies.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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A09085 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         9085

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                    March 13, 2014
                                      ___________

       Introduced by M. of A. TITONE -- read once and referred to the Committee
         on Governmental Operations

       AN  ACT  to  amend  the  executive law, in relation to the disclosure of
         charitable fund disbursements after donations

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 178 to
    2  read as follows:
    3    S  178.  DISCLOSURE  OF CHARITABLE FUND DISBURSEMENTS AFTER DONATIONS.
    4  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO  THE  CONTRARY,  ANY  CHARITABLE
    5  ORGANIZATION,  OR  PROFESSIONAL  FUNDRAISER,  OR  PROFESSIONAL SOLICITOR
    6  ACTING ON BEHALF OF A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION, SHALL DISCLOSE TO  DONORS
    7  THE ALLOCATION OF DISBURSEMENTS OF THEIR DONATION ON ANY WRITTEN FORM OF
    8  COMMUNICATION  SENT FOLLOWING A DONATION. SUCH INFORMATION SHALL INCLUDE
    9  THE SUM OF MONEY THAT WENT DIRECTLY TOWARD HELPING  WITH  THE  CHARITY'S
   10  CHARITABLE  WORK  AND  THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF THAT DONATION THAT WAS ALLO-
   11  CATED TOWARD OTHER PURPOSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED  TO,  ADMINISTRA-
   12  TIVE EXPENSES.
   13    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD14244-01-4
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