N.Y. Attorney General sues NYCharities.org for missing funds
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Attorney General Tish James is suing NYCharities.org, an online fundraising platform, for failing to distribute more than $750,000 in contributions to charities throughout New York.
The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court Friday, follows an investigation conducted by the Attorney General's Charities Bureau, which received more than 125 complaints from New York State charities. The complaints allege that those charities, which had entrusted NYCharities.org to collect contributions on their behalf, have not received those contributions since May 2019. The claims of unpaid contributions range from $200 to more than $100,000.
"I will not allow greed to profit off of the generosity of New Yorkers without a fight," James said. "Leaving New York charitable donors uncertain if their donations will ever make it to their intended cause is unacceptable. My office is committed to maintaining the integrity of New York's charitable sector and protecting those who contribute to it."
The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction freezing NYCharities.org's bank accounts, an accounting of all funds collected on behalf of New York charities, and appointment of a receiver to oversee payment of these funds to the charities in which they belong. The Attorney General is also seeking to bar NYCharities.org permanently from conducting any activity in New York.