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New Concepts Fund Inc.'s Citizen Initiative Petition Certified by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley

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copy of petition text below:

 

 

SUMMARY OF NO. 11 – 08

 

                This proposed law would extend the state’s law regulating sales solicitations by telephone to apply to calls made on behalf of charitable organizations by professional solicitors and commercial co-venturers, which are for-profit organizers of events or sales to benefit charitable organizations. Professional solicitors and commercial co-venturers  calling on behalf of charitable organizations would be prohibited from: (1) calling residents listed on the do-not-call list maintained by the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation; (2) calling other residents between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.; (3) sending unsolicited faxes; (4) using prerecorded messages; and (5) blocking use of caller ID services or devices.  The proposed law would not apply to calls made by a charitable  organization’s members, employees, or volunteers, if no professional solicitor or commercial co-venturer is involved.

            The proposed law would require professional solicitors or commercial co-venturers calling on behalf of charitable organizations to disclose, within the first minute of a call and before arranging for payment, (1) that the purpose of the call is to solicit funds; (2) the correct name of the telemarketing company or subcontractor that employs the telemarketer; and (3) the correct name of the charitable organization for which contributions are being solicited.  Also, any telephone solicitor calling to encourage the purchase or rental of, or investment in, property, goods or services, would be required, if employed by a subcontractor, to disclose the correct name of the subcontractor within the first minute of the call and before arranging for payment.

            At some point during the solicitation, the professional solicitor or commercial co-venturer would also be required to disclose (1) that the solicitation is being conducted by a paid fundraiser; and (2) a description how the requested contributions will be used for charitable purposes; and either (3) the name, address and telephone number of the charitable organization or (4) if there is no charitable organization, then the name, address and telephone number of the professional solicitor or commercial co-venturer.

            The proposed law would require the professional solicitor or commercial co-venturer to disclose, upon request, the guaranteed minimum percentage of the gross receipts from fundraising that will be utilized exclusively for the charitable purposes described in the solicitation.

            The proposed law would take effect on January 1, 2013, and states that if any of its parts were declared invalid, the other parts would stay in effect.

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The Share Group, Inc. announced on December 20, 2010 that their Newton, Massachusetts call center has been closed.  According to Share's CFO, Robert Teasdale, the call center, located at 73 Chapel St., Newton MA was not generating enough income to justify its fixed costs such as its lease obligations.  This announcement follows the recent resignation of Share's president, Dennis McCarthy, on December 10, 2010.

 

The impact on Share's workers with the sudden loss of their income may best be seen in the life of one telephone solicitor, a 17-year employee at Share Group, Inc.  At the age of 83 and just five days before Christmas, Therese Garabedian found out that she had lost her job at the Share Group, Inc. when she received a brief phone call from Robyn Glazier, Senior Vice President.  Therese was told by Ms. Glazier she would receive one week's pay for the week ending on December 25 and then she is on her own.

 

 

 

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