Telemarketing rules for charities

crop anonymous person showing donation box

Certain federal rules on charitable solicitations apply to charities and are enforced by the Telemarketing Sales Rule.

Title 16 Chapter I Subchapter C Part 310 § 310.3  

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.

[75 FR 48516, Aug. 10, 2010, as amended at 80 FR 77558, Dec. 14, 2015]

You might also enjoy

Foundry Legal is a law practice.  We primarily focus on data privacy, emerging technology companies and social impact organizations, and capital formation through private securities offerings and strategic investments/acquisitions. 

Occasionally we will find an issue that really, really goes against something we stand for and when that happens we won’t hestitate to get involved.  

The firm serves clients across a range of industries, including new agriculture, financial institutions, aerospace, and professional services.  We are in Denver, Colorado.  Other stuff about us

Other Thoughts on Things


Blockchain and Fintech

At the intersection of governance, data security, payments and financial services, and securities regulation lies the blockchain industry. Luckily for our clients, these topics are


Privacy and Data Security

As the regulation of how businesses use, store, and transmit data becomes more complex, companies and executives must navigate between state-specific and industry-level privacy and

commercial contracts

Founder Disputes & Business Divorces

One of the most overlooked and under-appreciated aspect of starting a business with other people is the human relationship. Like in any partnership, there is