State Department takes disciplinary action against charities

The Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) filed four disciplinary actions against charities, professional attorneys, and professional fundraising counsel during the month of January 2022.

The January 2022 sanctions, all of which are listed on the Department’s 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, PO Box 101055, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Secretary Chapman noted that these organizations cannot solicit donations or conduct fundraising activities until they comply with the law on the solicitation of funds for charitable purposes.

The office maintains a comprehensive list of charities, professional attorneys, and professional fundraising advice that have been subject to sanctions or remedies. This list contains the most up-to-date information on any specific disciplinary action. Each entry includes the name of the charity, professional attorney, or professional fundraising attorney, address, penalty imposed, a brief description of the reason for the disciplinary or corrective action, and the effective date.

Charities can register or renew registration online or by mail. A list of exclusions and exemptions from registration can be found on the ministry’s website.

Anyone who suspects unethical activity by a charity can file a complaint online. Violations of the Charitable Solicitation Law may result in disciplinary action, including civil penalties and suspension or revocation of registration.