The Vermont Statutes Online

Title 9: Commerce and Trade

Chapter 63: CONSUMER PROTECTION

Sub-Chapter 02: Charitable Solicitations

9 V.S.A. § 2475. Solicitations



§ 2475. Solicitations

(a) No paid fundraiser shall misrepresent, directly or indirectly, his or her relationship to a charitable organization.

(b) No paid fundraiser or charitable organization shall misrepresent, directly or indirectly, to a contributor or potential contributor any fact relating to the solicitation, including, but not limited to, the percentage of the contribution that will be paid over to the charitable organization or the purpose for which the contribution will be used.

(c) No paid fundraiser shall represent, directly or indirectly, that any part of the contributions received will be given or donated to any charitable organization unless the organization has previously consented in writing to the use of its name.

(d) The provisions of this section shall also apply to any person that a paid fundraiser employs or engages, directly or indirectly, to solicit contributions.

(e) No paid fundraiser shall solicit a contribution from any person in this state without clearly and conspicuously disclosing to the person, both orally, if the paid fundraiser is soliciting in whole or in part by telephone, and in writing, if the paid fundraiser is soliciting in whole or in part by means of writing:

(1) that the solicitor is being paid by the charitable organization on whose behalf the solicitation is being made; and

(2) how the potential contributor may obtain information from the state on the respective percentages of contributions that will be paid to the charitable organization and to the paid fundraiser. (Added 1989, No. 232 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; amended 1997, No. 42, §§ 3, 4; 2003, No. 51, § 3.)