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

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 202.16 (2017)

202.16 Prohibited acts.

(1) No charitable organization, fund-raising counsel, or professional fund-raiser may, in the conduct of his, her, or its affairs, including the planning, management, or execution of a solicitation or charitable sales promotion, do any of the following:

(a) Use an unfair or deceptive act or practice.

(b) Imply that a contribution is for or on behalf of a charitable organization or use any emblem, device, or printed matter belonging to or associated with a charitable organization without first being authorized in writing to do so by the charitable organization.

(c) Use a name, symbol, or statement so closely related or similar to that used by another charitable organization that the use of the name, symbol, or statement would tend to confuse or mislead a person being solicited.

(d) Represent or lead anyone in any manner to believe that the person on whose behalf a solicitation or charitable sales promotion is being conducted is a charitable organization or that the proceeds of the solicitation or charitable sales promotion will be used for charitable purposes if that is not the fact.

(e) Lead anyone in any manner to believe that another person sponsors, endorses, or approves a solicitation or charitable sales promotion if the other person has not sponsored, endorsed, or approved the solicitation or charitable sales promotion in writing.

(f) Use the fact of registration to lead any person to believe that the registration constitutes an endorsement or approval by the state.

(g) Represent directly or by implication that a charitable organization will receive a fixed or estimated percentage of the total funds collected greater than that established under s. 202.14 (4).

(h) Represent or cause another to represent that contributions are tax-deductible unless they so qualify under the federal Internal Revenue Code.

(i) Represent or cause another to represent that the person has previously approved or agreed to make a contribution when in fact the person has not given this approval or agreement.

(j) Represent or cause another to represent that the person has previously contributed to the same organization or for the same purpose when in fact the person has not so contributed.

(k) Fail to apply contributions in a manner substantially consistent with the solicitation or the purposes expressed in the solicitation.

(L) Represent in any manner that registration constitutes an endorsement or approval by the department or the department of justice.

(2) In deciding whether an act or practice is unfair or deceptive within the meaning of sub. (1) (a), definitions, standards and interpretations relating to unfair or deceptive acts or practices under chs. 421 to 427 apply.

History: 1991 a. 278; 2013 a. 20 s. 2214; Stats. 2013 s. 202.16; 2015 a. 163.

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