BILL NO A09085
SAME AS No same as
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.
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.
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
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:
This act shall take effect immediately.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
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.