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Legislature passes bill to help separate the good, from the bad and the ugly when it comes to charitable groups

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This morning the Senate voted to give generous Oregonians more protections against phony charities. House Bill 2060A, which also was passed by the Senate, allows the Attorney General to disqualify a charitable organization from certain tax benefits if the organization does not spend at least 30 percent of its annual expenses on program services.

“Charities that abuse the trust of benevolent Oregonians shouldn’t be subsidized by taxpayer money,” said Senator Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene). “We are fortunate in Oregon to have many charities that truly serve people in need. We should make it easier for people not to be fooled by the few bad actors who mislead their donors.”

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Organizations that the Attorney General disqualifies under HB 2060A must disclose to donors that they do not meet the minimum standards for a charitable group. Disqualified organizations would also no longer be eligible to receive tax deductible donations or claim a property tax exemption.

“This bill provides donors with a way to ensure charities make good on their intention to help people in need,” said Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland). “We’re working hard this session to make sure tax credits and deductions serve their intended purpose so that we can fund vital services.”
House Bill 2060A will now go to Governor John A. Kitzhaber for his signature.

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