Rankin County Charity Ordered to Stop Soliciting Donations in Mississippi
Jackson, Miss.—An unregistered Pearl, Mississippi charity continues to solicit donations in Mississippi, despite a Cease and Desist Order by the Secretary of State’s Office ordering it to stop. State law requires any charity soliciting funds in the State of Mississippi to register or file an exemption with the Secretary of State’s Office.
“Just because a charity provides a service to Mississippians does not exclude it from registering with the State,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “If you ask for money in Mississippi, State law requires you to be registered with our Office. Too often, groups prey on the good nature of our people. Registering your charity with the State is the law—it provides much needed confidence to our citizens that the funds they donate actually go toward a charitable purpose.”
The Secretary of State’s Office was notified by a concerned citizen that Bit by Bit Equine, run by Stephanie Barnes Wilson of Brandon, was soliciting funds in the State. On four different occasions over several months, Bit by Bit Equine has been contacted by the Secretary of State’s Office informing the charity of the registration requirement. Our Agency also informed Bit by Bit their continued solicitation for donations without registration was in direct violation of State law.
Despite repeated notices, the charity never filed the proper documents to solicit funds in the State and continued to solicit funds in Mississippi, which violates State law. Therefore, the Secretary of State’s Office has imposed a penalty of $1000 against the charity and has ordered them to Cease and Desist soliciting funds in the State of Mississippi.
A copy of the final order may be found here: http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/sec_char/final_orders_and_agreements/charities/Bit%20By%20Bit%20Equine%20Final%20Order.pdf
For more information regarding the registration requirements for a charity in Mississippi, contact the Charities Division of the Secretary of State’s Office at 601-359-1048 or visit our website at www.sos.ms.gov.