Mass. AG surveys charities that raised money after marathon attack

By Bryan Cohen | Sep 27, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Thursday that her office will distribute surveys to the charities and fundraisers that raised money after the Boston Marathon bombings to ensure transparency and accountability.

The survey will be sent to fundraisers and charitable organizations that engaged in raising or receiving charitable contributions to help entities impacted by the marathon bombings. The organizations include those that raised money for One Fund Boston, individuals, companies joining with existing emergency response charities and small groups of people. In total, the fundraisers and organizations raised millions of dollars in a few months.

"In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, there was an overwhelming outpouring of support for victims, and I commend all of those generous and compassionate efforts," Coakley said. "We are now asking those organizations that raised, solicited, and received charitable donations to supply us with information to account for those donations and their appropriate charitable use."

The surveys will request information about the amount of money raised, how the money was raised and how the funds were used. After compiling the results, Coakley's office will create a report on the survey responses that will be available online.

Other states have created similar reports in the wake of tragedies that prompted support and charitable giving.

Coakley's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division oversees the use of charitable funds in Massachusetts, including making sure that charities are in compliance with their charitable purposes.

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