Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act requires that certain disclosures be made
in the course of written and verbal solicitations. Consumers should expect and are entitled to
insist upon this information.
solicitors are required to make the following disclosures without any prompting
from the consumer:
- A statement that the person soliciting the charitable contribution by telephone is paid to make the solicitation.
- The name of the telemarketing company that employs the paid solicitor.
- The first name and surname of the paid solicitor.
- The name and telephone number of the charitable organization on whose behalf the paid solicitor is making the contribution.
- A statement that the charitable contribution is not tax-deductible, if that is the case. (This provision also applies to volunteers as defined in 6-16-103(12), C.R.S.)
state and federal laws provide additional protection against unwanted telephone
calls. While it is true that the Colorado No Call Law
contains an exception that allows telephone solicitations by charitable
organizations, the charity must be registered with the Secretary of State for
that exception to apply. In addition, federal regulations require for-profit
telemarketers calling on behalf of charitable organizations to remove those
residents who request it from future solicitations on behalf of that charity.
in mind that most charitable organizations have honest intentions, engage in
perfectly legal professional fundraising campaigns that conform with industry
standards, and provide vital, effective services to our communities, residents
in doubt about a particular solicitor’s representation (pitch), or who have
concerns about the activities of a charitable organization, paid solicitor, or
professional fundraising consultant can lodge a complaint (PDF) with the Secretary of
State. Depending on the nature of the complaint, the Secretary of State may
contact the charitable organization or professional fundraiser directly in
order to achieve compliance with legal filing requirements, or our office may refer the
matter to the Colorado Attorney General or the appropriate District Attorney.