The Charitable Solicitation Licensing Section enforces violations of charitable
solicitation laws found in Chapter 131F of the North Carolina General Statutes.
In performing this duty, the section may act on complaints received from the public,
and also possesses authority to investigate potential violations on its own initiative.
The section shares enforcement authority under Chapter 131F with the North Carolina
Attorney General's Office, which possesses separate and independent authority to
investigate violations of Chapter 131F.
When CSL opens an enforcement-related inquiry, the section typically mails an inquiry
letter to relevant parties seeking further information. After receiving a response,
if any, the section evaluates available evidence and determines if a violation has
in fact occurred. If the section finds a violation, the section will issue an administrative
order making official findings of fact and ordering an appropriate penalty. Penalties
range from issuing official letters of concern or monetary fines up to and including
the suspension or revocation of licensed status for the offending person.
The section's enforcement decisions are subject to rights of appeal pursuant to
the Administrative Procedures Act.
Finalized enforcement findings become a part of the relevant licensed organization's
file maintained by the section. If you have an inquiry concerning the enforcement
The Charitable Solicitation Licensing Section (CSL) transferred
in January, 1999 from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department
of the Secretary of State.
CSL performs three explicit statutory duties:
- We license certain organizations and persons that solicit North Carolina residents
for charitable contributions.
- We investigate violations of the Charitable Solicitations Act, G.S. 131F.
We provide information for consumer and public use concerning charitable solicitations,
solicitation fraud, and related consumer information.