For Immediate Release - September 26, 2013

AG’s Office Surveys Charities and Fundraisers That Raised Money After Marathon Bombings

Requesting Information in an Effort to Ensure Transparency and Promote Accountability

BOSTON – In an effort to ensure transparency and public accountability, the Attorney General’s Office has distributed surveys to the many charities and fundraisers that raised money after the Marathon bombings.

“In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, there was an overwhelming outpouring of support for victims, and I commend all of those generous and compassionate efforts,” AG Coakley said. “We are now asking those organizations that raised, solicited, and received charitable donations to supply us with information to account for those donations and their appropriate charitable use.”

The survey will be sent to charitable organizations and fundraisers who were engaged in raising or receiving charitable contributions for the benefit of those impacted by the Marathon bombings. That includes organizations that raised money for One Fund Boston and individuals, small groups of people, and companies that joined with existing emergency response charities and raised millions of dollars in just a few months.

The surveys will ask for information about the amount of money that has been raised, how that money was raised, and how the funds have been used. The AG’s Office will produce a report on the survey responses, which will be available online when completed.

This effort is similar to what other states have done in the wake of other tragedies that have resulted in an outpouring of support and charitable giving.

The AG’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division is responsible for overseeing the use of charitable funds in Massachusetts, including ensuring that charitable organizations are operated consistent with their charitable purposes. The AG’s Office also oversees the solicitation of contributions for charities, whether the solicitation is conducted by the charity itself, by a professional fundraiser, or by a commercial effort that is advertised in conjunction with a charitable giving campaign. The AG’s Office posts thousands of public filings about charities and fundraising activity on its website.  

This survey is a part of AG Coakley’s continued efforts to address the ongoing needs of those impacted by the Marathon Bombings. In August, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), One Fund Boston and Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Victim Services Division launched a Collaborative to offer the services of trained specialists to help victims and their families in identifying and accessing programs available to meet their unique needs.

AG Coakley has also charged three individuals with attempting to defraud One Fund Boston, including a New York woman and a pair of brothers from Boston.

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