RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) —Virginia Attorney General Mark
R. Herring announced Nov. 30 that Donorworx Inc., a professional fundraiser,
will settle after allegations of violating the Virginia Solicitation of
Contributions Law (VSOC Law).
VSOC Law governs how contributions can be made by, or on
behalf of, charitable organizations. The law mandates certain registration,
reporting and disclosure requirements. According to Herring’s
office, Donorworx failed to submit necessary reporting requirements for a charitable
organization at the Pentagon Mall in Arlington County before conducting a
face-to-face fundraising campaign. Donorworx will pay $2,500 in civil penalties
and $1,500 in attorney fees.
"The commonwealth's charitable solicitation laws help
give donors confidence that their money will actually help the cause or
organization they care about rather than ending up in someone's pockets," Herring
Herring noted registration and formal contracts help
deter dishonest solicitors and make it easier for consumers to support causes
they care about.
“As you're considering charities
to support this holiday season, make sure to do a little homework so you can
donate with confidence,” Herring said. “If
you're a charitable organization, make sure you understand your
responsibilities to the commonwealth and your donors."