Roanoke Del. Sam Rasoul introduces Truth in Donating Act

Rasoul HeadshotDelegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has announced legislation that will protect Virginians from unknowingly donating to organizations posing as charitable groups.

HB 1860, known as the Truth in Donating Act, seeks to clarify what qualifies as a charitable or civic organization.  The legislation would require any person or group operating for profit to clearly portray themselves as such.

“The Truth in Donating Act will help the many generous Virginians who are kind enough to donate money and items to charitable organizations,” said Rasoul.  “They have the right to know where their donations are going.”

Under the act, a statement that reads “Donations made here support a for-profit business, do not qualify as a charitable contribution, and are not tax-deductible” would need to accompany any receptacle used to deposit donations at a for-profit entity.  Any person or organization found not complying would be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.

The measure has bipartisan support in the House and Senate and will be considered as the General Assembly begins its 2015 session today.

The legislation can be viewed and tracked here:

uva basketball team of destiny

Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

augusta free press

Related Content

Shop Google


%d bloggers like this: