DeLuca introduces bill to ban unscrupulous charities

HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced he will be introducing a bill that would require charities that solicit funds in Pennsylvania maintain minimum standards.


DeLuca outlined the need for stronger regulations for charity expenses at a media event in the state Capitol.


“I care very much about how much money charities are funneling towards research,” DeLuca said. “Unscrupulous organizations seize on the good will of the American people in order to enrich charity owners, managers and corporate fundraisers.


“The intent of this bill is to prevent any charity from soliciting the citizens of this Commonwealth if a minimum of 65 percent of revenue is not dedicated to their programs. It is not my intent to harm non-profits, or keep them from fulfilling their mission.” 


House Bill 1669 will be introduced in the near future. The bill would prohibit charities that do not invest a minimum of 65 percent of revenue to their programs from soliciting in Pennsylvania.


Under the bill, a charitable organization that fails to meet the 65 percent minimum would be prohibited from fundraising in Pennsylvania until the Pennsylvania Department of State verifies that they have reached that threshold.


“Americans, by nature, tend to be very generous and supportive,” DeLuca said. “It is too easy for bad actors to abuse that generosity. We need a law that can guarantee that money donated for a specific group actually serves that group, not fundraising costs or outrageous salaries and expenses for directors.”


DeLuca was joined by state Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne and Ed Neilson, D-Phila.