2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 202. Regulation of professional employer organizations and the solicitation of funds for a charitable purpose.
202.11 Definitions.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 202.11 (2017)

202.11 Definitions. In this subchapter:

(1) “Charitable organization" means any of the following:

(a) An organization that is described in section 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code and that is exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) of the internal revenue code.

(b) A person who is or purports to be established for a charitable purpose.

(2) “Charitable purpose" means any of the following:

(a) A purpose described in section 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code.

(b) A benevolent, educational, philanthropic, humane, scientific, patriotic, social welfare or advocacy, public health, environmental conservation, civic, or other eleemosynary objective.

(3) “Charitable sales promotion" means an advertising or sales campaign that is conducted by a person who is regularly and primarily engaged in trade or commerce for profit other than in connection with soliciting and that represents that the purchase or use of goods or services offered will benefit, in whole or in part, a charitable organization or charitable purpose.

(4) “Commercial coventurer" means a person who is regularly and primarily engaged in trade or commerce for profit other than in connection with soliciting and who conducts a charitable sales promotion.

(5) “Contribution" means a grant or pledge of money, credit, property, or other thing of any kind or value, except food, used clothing, or used household goods, to a charitable organization or for a charitable purpose. “Contribution" does not include income from any of the following:

(a) Bingo or raffles conducted under ch. 563.

(b) A government grant.

(c) A bona fide fee, due, or assessment paid by a member of a charitable organization, except that, if initial membership in a charitable organization is conferred solely as consideration for making a grant or pledge of money to the charitable organization in response to a solicitation, that grant or pledge of money is a contribution.

(5m) “Department" means the department of financial institutions.

(6) “Fund-raising counsel" means a person who, for compensation, plans, manages, advises, consults, or prepares material for, or with respect to, solicitation in this state for a charitable organization, but who does not solicit in this state or employ, engage, or provide any person who is paid to solicit in this state. “Fund-raising counsel" does not include any of the following:

(a) An attorney, investment counselor, or employee of a financial institution who, in the normal course of his or her work as an attorney, investment counselor, or employee of a financial institution, advises a person to make a contribution.

(b) A bona fide employee, volunteer, or salaried officer of a charitable organization.

(7) “Professional fund-raiser" means a person who, for compensation, solicits in this state or employs, engages, or provides, directly or indirectly, another person who is paid to solicit in this state. “Professional fund-raiser" does not include any of the following:

(a) An attorney, investment counselor, or employee of a financial institution who, in the normal course of his or her work as an attorney, investment counselor, or employee of a financial institution, advises a person to make a charitable contribution.

(b) A bona fide employee, volunteer, wholly owned subsidiary, or salaried officer of a charitable organization.

(c) An employee of a temporary help agency who is placed with a charitable organization.

(d) A bona fide employee of a professional fund-raiser that is registered under this chapter.

(8) “Solicit" means to request, directly or indirectly, a contribution and to state or imply that the contribution will be used for a charitable purpose or will benefit a charitable organization.

(9) “Solicitation" means the act or practice of soliciting, whether or not the person soliciting receives any contribution. “Solicitation" includes any of the following methods of requesting or securing a contribution:

(a) An oral or written request.

(b) An announcement to the news media or by radio, television, telephone, telegraph, or other transmission of images or information concerning a request for a contribution by or for a charitable organization or for a charitable purpose.

(c) The distribution or posting of a handbill, written advertisement, or other publication that directly or by implication seeks a contribution.

(d) The sale of, or offer or attempt to sell, a membership or an advertisement, advertising space, book, card, tag, coupon, device, magazine, merchandise, subscription, flower, ticket, candy, cookie, or other tangible item in connection with any of the following:

1. A request for financial support for a charitable organization or charitable purpose.

2. The use of or reference to the name of a charitable organization as a reason for making a purchase.

3. A statement that all or a part of the proceeds from the sale will be used for a charitable purpose or will benefit a charitable organization.

(10) “Unpaid solicitor" means a person who solicits in this state and who is not a professional fund-raiser and is not a bona fide employee of a professional fund-raiser that is registered under this chapter.

History: 1991 a. 278, 315; 1999 a. 9; 2013 a. 20 ss. 1990, 2189 to 2208; Stats. 2013 s. 202.11; 2015 a. 163.

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