State Reaches Settlement with PayPal Charitable Giving Fund, Inc. to Ensure Donors Have Adequate Information When Making Charitable Donations
MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Josh Kaul, together with 22 state law enforcement partners, has reached an agreement with PayPal Charitable Giving Fund, Inc. to ensure donors receive adequate information and disclosures when making charitable contributions through the company’s online fundraising platform.
“Wisconsinites should be able to trust in organizations that facilitate charitable donations,” said Attorney General Kaul. “This agreement will help ensure that people who make charitable contributions through the PayPal Charitable Giving Fund receive the information they should be receiving.”
Charities regulators nationwide joined the effort to investigate PPGF’s fundraising activities, including its disclosures, vetting practices, and treatment of charitable contributions. To address the states’ concerns, PPGF adopted reforms to its disclosures to ensure that donors know:
- that they are contributing to PPGF
- the timeframe in which a selected charity may receive funds from PPGF
- the implication of being an enrolled rather than an unenrolled charity on the PPGF platform.
PPGF also agreed to notify donors when it redirects a donor’s charitable contribution to an organization other than the one selected by the donor. PPGF will provide regulators with future campaign data to ensure the organization is complying with its obligations under the agreement.
As a result of this settlement, online donors will continue to have the information they need to make informed decisions about their charitable contributions.
The states included in the agreement are Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina Secretary of State, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania Texas, and Wisconsin.
Because this settlement resulted in an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance and no civil action will be filed, requirements of 2017 Wisconsin Act 369 do not apply.
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