PA Dept. of State Takes Disciplinary Actions Against Charitable Organizations

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HARRISBURG, PA — Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman announced that the Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) this week filed disciplinary actions against six charitable organizations, professional solicitors and professional fundraising counsel during the month of December 2021.

The  December 2021 sanctions included cease-and-desist orders issued to the following individuals and organizations:

  • Veritas Academy of the Arts, Inc. and William John Grigsby, 4475 Route 46, Smethport, PA 16749
  • National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering, Inc., 1432 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • United Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, Inc., 4 Princess Road, No. 211, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Secretary Chapman noted those individuals and organizations may not solicit donations or conduct fundraising activities until they have come into compliance with the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act.

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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 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 or by calling (717) 787-0700. 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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