Tennessee penalizes charity over misleading fundraising

(SOURCE: NSPIRE Outreach Facebook Page)

NASHVILLE (WATE) – A civil penalty of 45,000 dollars has been imposed on a Georgia-based organization for soliciting contribution using false or misleading practices.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett says NSPIRE Outreach, also known as Hope House or House for Domestic Violence, has falsely represented that it works with organizations with which it has no affiliation.

Hargett says the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming has received numerous complaints that the organization requested donations even after requests to be removed from the group’s calling list.

“It’s very important for charitable organizations not to misrepresent themselves when dealing with potential donors,” Hargett said. “They should be who they say they are and deliver the services they promise to deliver.”

Greg Kennard, Executive Director of NSPIRE Outreach
Greg Kennard, Executive Director of NSPIRE Outreach

Gregg Kennard, the executive director of NSPIRE, was notified of the penalty by letter.

If you learn about nonprofit solicitations that seem false or misleading, the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming says you can contact them at (615) 741-2555 or by calling 1-800-861-7393.

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