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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 5, 2019 11:50 AM
From: Representative Andrew Lewis
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsor Memo-Consolidation of Title 10 (Charities Code)

In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend Title 10 (Charities) by consolidating the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act and the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act.

Chapter 13 of Title 10 encompasses the provisions relating to the solicitation of funds for charitable purposes. The chapter requires the proper registration of charitable organizations, professional fundraisers and professional solicitors. It protects the residents of Pennsylvania by requiring full public disclosure of the identity of persons who solicit contributions from the public, the purposes for which the contributions are solicited, and the manner in which the contributions are actually used.

Chapter 23 of Title 10 incorporates the provisions relating to institutions of purely public charity. The purpose of the chapter is to eliminate any inconsistent application of eligibility standards for charitable tax exemptions, reduce confusion and confrontation among traditionally tax-exempt institutions and political subdivisions, and by providing standards to be applied uniformly in all proceedings throughout Pennsylvania, ensure that charitable and public funds are not unnecessarily diverted from the public good to litigate eligibility for tax-exempt status.

In order to effectuate the consolidation of these provisions in Title 10, the legislation repeals the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act (1990 Act 202) and the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act (1997 Act 55). While the underlying statutes for these provisions will be repealed in favor of the new consolidated provisions, no substantive changes in law are intended.

I believe the consolidation of these laws into Title 10 will provide the citizens of this Commonwealth with a more transparent and streamlined rule of law. I respectfully ask for your consideration to co-sponsor this bill and join me in this initiative.

Introduced as HB1222