January 15, 2018
Source: Howe & Hutton Ltd.
Are you exasperated by pesky calls from fundraisers, despite having signed up for the Do-Not-Call list? Relief may not be on the way. According to the latest newsletter from Howe & Hutton, Ltd., a Chicago law firm that works with many associations, the Northern Illinois U.S. District Court has ruled that charities’ professional fundraisers can solicit funds by phone without violating the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The act’s prohibitions specifically exempt organizations that are recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt and nonprofit. Howe & Hutton points out that this exemption stands even if the fundraising company keeps a large percentage of the revenue it generates.