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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 2. Agriculture
Agency 5. Department of Agriculture And Consumer Services
Chapter 610. Rules Governing the Solicitation of Contributions

2VAC5-610-80. General provisions.

A. Deceptive names. No charitable or civic organization, professional solicitor, or other person shall solicit contributions using a word, name, symbol or device, or any combination thereof, or identifying itself or its client with a word, name, symbol or device, or any combination thereof, that is likely to cause confusion or to cause mistake or to deceive the public by:

1. Using a name that may cause an entity to be confused with or mistaken for another previously registered or exempt entity; or

2. Using a name that may cause a professional solicitor to be confused with or mistaken for a charitable or civic organization, or mistaken for having the status of a charitable or civic organization.

B. Financial standards. Fiscal records shall be kept in accordance with the standards and practices as specified in § 57-53 of the Code of Virginia or generally accepted accounting principles and reporting practices of the organization's particular field as recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

C. Disclosure by for-profit organizations. Every professional solicitor that solicits contributions for a for-profit organization and every for-profit organization required to issue a written statement for contributions received shall include in the disclosure required by § 57-55.2:1 of the Code of Virginia a statement that the contributors' donations are not tax-deductible on the contributors' income tax returns.

D. Receipt. The department shall deem completed documents to be filed or received (i) on the date received by the department or (ii) if sent by mail, on the date postmarked provided the document is received by the department subsequent to the mailing.

E. Filing on a holiday. When the date for the annual renewal of registration of a charitable organization, professional fund-raising counsel, or professional solicitor falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a state or federal holiday, filing shall be due on the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or a state or federal holiday.

F. Change in information filed. Except as otherwise provided by the Code of Virginia or by this chapter, every registered charitable organization, professional fund-raising counsel, and professional solicitor shall report to the commissioner, in writing, any change in information previously filed with the commissioner within seven days after the change occurs.

Statutory Authority

§ 57-66 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-06-01 § 8, eff. March 14, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2002; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 5, 2015.

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