2017 ORS 128.801¹
Definitions for ORS 128.801 to 128.898

As used in ORS 128.801 (Definitions for ORS 128.801 to 128.898) to 128.898 (Short title):

(1) “Charitable purpose” means any purpose to promote the well-being of the public at large, or for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons, including but not limited to educational, literary or scientific purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, or for the benefit of religion, rehabilitation services, public recreation, civic improvement or services which lessen the burdens of government.

(2) “Commercial fund raising solicitation” means the solicitation of funds for nonprofit beneficiaries, whether named or unspecified, through the sale of goods or services, whether the goods or services are delivered to a purchaser or donated to third parties, and where the solicitation is conducted by a commercial fund raising firm or commercial coventurer. If donors receive insubstantial items or other benefits in return for contributions, such a solicitation of funds is not a commercial fund raising solicitation if the items or benefits received are considered premiums and do not affect the deductibility of the contributions for federal income tax purposes. A solicitation is conducted by a commercial fund raising firm or commercial coventurer if the soliciting agents are under the direction and control of a commercial fund raising firm or commercial coventurer; the fact that the solicitors are paid by the beneficiary is of no consequence.

(3) “Commercial coventurer” means any sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or any other legal entity, organized for profit or formed as a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, who is regularly and primarily engaged in trade or commerce in this state other than in conjunction with the raising of funds for nonprofit purposes and who conducts commercial fund raising solicitations on an infrequent basis.

(4) “Commercial fund raising firm” means any sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or any other legal entity, organized for profit or formed as a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, who, for compensation or other consideration regularly conducts commercial fund raising solicitations.

(5) “Professional fund raising firm” means any sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or any other legal entity, organized for profit or as a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, who, for compensation or other consideration, manages or conducts the solicitation of funds, not including commercial fund raising solicitations, on behalf of any nonprofit organization.

(6)(a) “Solicitation” means any oral or written request for a contribution, including the solicitor’s offer or attempt to sell any property, rights, services or other thing, in connection with which:

(A) The name of any nonprofit organization is used as an inducement for making the contribution or consummating the sale; or

(B) Any statement is made which implies that the whole or any part of the contribution or proceeds from the sale will be donated to any nonprofit organization.

(b) “Solicitation” does not include the making of any request or appeal on behalf of a candidate, political committee or measure as defined in ORS 260.005 (Definitions), unless the appeal states or implies that contributions will be used, in whole or in part, for a charitable purpose or includes a representation that a ticket to an event may be donated by a contributor to the solicitors for use by another. [1985 c.729 §3; 1991 c.532 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 128—Trusts; Charitable Activities, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors128.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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