Rutledge Reminds Charitable Organizations of Reporting Deadline
May 12, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today reminded charitable organizations, paid solicitors and fundraising counsel of the applicable reporting requirement and the approaching May 15 deadline.
“In order to protect Arkansans, Arkansas law requires charitable organizations that solicit donations from citizens to register with my office and file annual financial reports,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These filings are publically available so that charities soliciting donations can be properly verified by those wanting to donate to ensure that the money will be used for its intended purpose. I encourage all Arkansans who are considering donating to a worthy charity to do their research beforehand.”
Arkansas Code Annotated § 4-28-401 through 416 sets out the registration and reporting requirements for charitable organizations, paid solicitors and fundraising counsel. Instructions are provided to assist organizations in complying with applicable statutory provisions but they do not replace such provisions. These instructions should not be construed as or relied upon as legal advice.
Arkansas Code requires each charitable organization subject to the provisions to file annual financial reports with the Attorney General on or before May 15. If a charitable organization maintains its books on other than a calendar-year basis, it may, upon application to the Attorney General, submit its financial reports within six months after the close of its fiscal year.
Arkansans can search the Arkansas Charities Database for more information on charities in Arkansas.
For more information on charities and charity scams, to check the status of a specific nonprofit organization or to look into an organization’s financial reports, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office Public Protection Division at (800) 482-8982 or Charities@ArkansasAG.gov.