State will NOT pursue mandatory donor designation for non-profits

Updated August 18, 2011

Great news!  The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has informed us that it will not pursue its donor designation Pre-Proposal #2011-001 as a formal regulation.  This proposal would have required covered organizations to provide a mechanism for donors to designate the specific programs to which they wish to direct gifts, and would have required organizations to inform donors that if they did not designate their gifts, the charity could use them for other purposes including fund raising and administration.

The Center for Non-Profits, along with numerous New Jersey and national organizations, submitted public comments to express concern about the pre-proposal.  We thank everyone who took the time to provide input to the Center or to submit comments to the Division.  Your strong responses clearly made the difference!

The Division may issue a formal notification in a forthcoming edition of the New Jersey Register. It has asked us to help spread the word about its decision in the meantime.

If you have questions or comments, feel free to e-mail Linda Czipo at the Center at lczipo @ (remove the spaces in the email address before sending).