Wisconsin, other states part of $200K PayPal charity settlement

Josh Kaul Attorney General

MADISON, Wis. — The attorneys general of Wisconsin and multiple other states have reached a $200,000 agreement with PayPal Charitable Giving Fund Inc. to settle complaints over its handling of charitable contributions through the company’s online fundraising platform.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said Tuesday that 22 state law enforcement partners came together to reach the agreement with PPGF. Law enforcement partners from Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin signed the official agreement.

“Wisconsinites should be able to trust in organizations that facilitate charitable donations,” Kaul said. “This agreement will help ensure that people who make charitable contributions through the PayPal Charitable Giving Fund receive the information they should be receiving.”

PayPal’s charitable arm agreed to pay the money to the National Association of Attorneys General to deposit in its charities enforcement and training fund.

The non-profit company also agreed to better inform donors that it sometimes redirects their contributions to other organizations with similar purposes.