All public charities operate for the benefit of the public they serve. When operating or doing business in Massachusetts, they are required by law both to register with the Attorney General's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division ( M.G.L. c. 12, s. 8E) and to thereafter file annual reports with the Division ( M.G.L. c. 12, s. 8F). Moreover, individuals and organizations seeking charitable solicitations or engaging in fund raising efforts, are required by law to obtain a certificate of solicitation from the Division and to report the results of their efforts to the Division ( M.G.L. c. 68, s. 19 ). These registrations, filings and reports are available to the public and are intended to increase the public's awareness and knowledge of the organizations which serve them and which may seek contributions from them.

While the vast majority of public charities diligently comply with their responsibilities and obligations under these chapters, some charities do not. The failure to register or to submit annual reports pursuant to Chapter 12, or to register and report on charitable solicitations and fund raising activities under Chapter 68, denies the public the very information the law was designed to provide. The Division enforces the registration and reporting provisions of Chapter 12 and Chapter 68 by bringing enforcement actions against those organizations that fail to comply with the registration and reporting requirements of the law; however, with over 20,000 such organizations operating in the Commonwealth, it is impractical to seek judicial enforcement in all cases. In order to supplement its enforcement authority, the Division provides public notice of those public charities which, after notice and an opportunity to come into compliance, remain non-compliant.

Often public charities that cease to comply with the provisions of Chapter 12 have ceased operations. Massachusetts based public charities that wish to windup and close their affairs are required to file a petition for dissolution with the supreme judicial court ( M.G.L. c. 180, s. 11A ) and all public charities (both those based in Massachusetts and those based in other states) should notify the Division if they are no longer active. Public charities that fail to formally dissolve or notify the Division of their inactive status; run the risk of being identified by the Division as operating in non-compliance with the provisions of Chapter 12.

The purpose of the following lists is to provide the public with notice of those public charities that have consistently failed or refused to comply with one or more of the provisions of Chapter 12 or Chapter 68. In some cases, these public charities may still be active, in other cases these charities may no longer be operating but have failed to dissolve or notify the Division that they have ceased operations. Members of the public may wish to consider the charity's non-compliance when dealing with, or contributing to, any charity that appears on either of these lists.

Notice of Non-compliant Public Charities

The public charities listed below have failed to comply with one or more of the provisions of Chapter 12 or Chapter 68 and are believed to still be active in Massachusetts. Members of the public may want to consider a charity's lack of compliance when dealing with, or contributing to, any charity that appears on this list. Any organizations appearing on this list should contact the Division at (617) 727-2200, ext. 2101 to resolve its status.

This list is not all inclusive; failure to appear on this list does not mean that a public charity is in compliance with its registration and reporting requirements. For confirmation of compliance, please contact the Attorney General's Office at (617) 727-2200, ext. 2101.

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Notice of De-activated Public Charities

The public charities listed below have failed to comply with the provisions of Chapters 12 and are believed to no longer be operating in Massachusetts. After repeated attempts to contact these organizations, the Division has deemed them "de-activated." [De-activation is a term used solely for the purposes of the Division; it is not a substitute for statutory dissolution and does not affect or limit the rights or obligations of the public charity or third parties.] Members of the public are encouraged to contact the Division if they have reason to believe that any public charity on this list is still active in the Commonwealth. In addition, members of the public may want to consider a public charity's lack of compliance when dealing with, or contributing to, any charity that appears on this list. Any organizations appearing on this list should contact the Division at (617) 727-2200, ext. 2101, to resolve its status.

This list is not all inclusive; failure to appear on this list does not mean that a public charity is active or in compliance with its registration and reporting obligations. For confirmation of compliance please contact the Attorney General's Office at (617) 727-2200, ext. 2101.

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