Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section

The Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section protects the public's interest in all property committed to charitable purposes. Among its variety of responsibilities, the Section:

  • Investigates and initiates legal actions against charitable organizations and/or their professional fundraisers to ensure that charitable donations are lawfully raised and expended;
  • Oversees nonprofit corporations generally, including nonprofit mergers, conversions and acquisitions, and may seek to revoke an organization's franchise and articles whenever it misuses, abuses or fails to use its powers and privilege;
  • Reviews the actions of executors and trustees in wills and trusts containing charitable gifts to make certain that the fiduciaries have acted properly and efficiently.

The Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section attorneys are available to conduct public education programs and provide information on charitable solicitations and requirements. The Section has offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Handbook for Charitable Nonprofits
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