PA Dept. of State Announces Disciplinary Actions Against Charitable Organizations

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HARRISBURG, PA — On Thursday, Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman announced the Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) filed four disciplinary actions against charitable organizations, professional solicitors, and professional fundraising counsel during the month of January 2022.

The January 2022 sanctions, all of which are listed on the Department website, included two cease-and-desist orders to the following organizations:

  • Coatesville Cultural Society, Inc., 327 East King Street, Malvern, PA 19355
  • ·Doors Open Pittsburgh, Inc., 4981 McKnight Road, P.O. Box 101055, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Secretary Chapman noted 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 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 brief description of the basis for the disciplinary or corrective measure and the effective date.

Charitable organizations can register or renew a registration either online or by mail. A list of registration exclusions and exemptions can be found on the department’s website.

Anyone who suspects unethical activity by a charitable organization can file a complaint online. 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.

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