Certain federal rules on charitable solicitations apply to charities and are enforced by the Telemarketing Sales Rule.
See the e-CFR for any updates.
(d) Prohibited deceptive acts or practices in the solicitation of charitable contributions. It is a fraudulent charitable solicitation, a deceptive telemarketing act or practice, and a violation of this Rule for any telemarketer soliciting charitable contributions to misrepresent, directly or by implication, any of the following material information:
(1) The nature, purpose, or mission of any entity on behalf of which a charitable contribution is being requested;
(2) That any charitable contribution is tax deductible in whole or in part;
(3) The purpose for which any charitable contribution will be used;
(4) The percentage or amount of any charitable contribution that will go to a charitable organization or to any particular charitable program;
(5) Any material aspect of a prize promotion including, but not limited to: the odds of being able to receive a prize; the nature or value of a prize; or that a charitable contribution is required to win a prize or to participate in a prize promotion; or
(6) A charitable organization’s or telemarketer’s affiliation with, or endorsement or sponsorship by, any person or government entity.