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The Charitable Organizations Enforcement bill, introduced by Assemblymember Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) and supported by CalNonprofits, went into effect on January 1st to help crack down on scams masquerading as charities. 

CalNonprofits Engaged: Assemblymember Allen originally intended to cap how much nonprofits can spend on overhead. CalNonprofits collaborated with him to develop a mechanism allowing the state Attorney General’s Office to direct more money generated from charity and professional fundraiser registration fees to investigate delinquent nonprofits and allegations of criminal wrongdoing of suspect groups. 

With nearly 150,000 nonprofit organizations on record in California, the Attorney General’s responsibility of ensuring the integrity of the public’s trust of charitable organizations is monumental.  And while California has some of the most effective and detailed laws regulating the fundraising activities of charitable organizations, the enforcement division of the Office of the Attorney General has been under-resourced to enforce these laws at a scale that matches the size of California’s charitable sector.  While some bad actors may try to erode the public’s confidence in nonprofits, this law takes an important step to preserving it.










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