With some folks having that bad taste in there mouths and others getting sick with ulcers. You might say tensions have been running high. Yes it is an understatement, With bad conduct and the Barry’s reaching out in ways no true professional should, people are not surprisingly unpleased by the either the lack of do diligence, or the amount of time, it has taken the AG to investigate and provide there said findings.
Keeping this real and telling folks to be patient, is not an easy task, as I myself find the amount of time it has taken to be sort of like waiting for the democrat’s to change the world. It just does not seem to be happening.
Please keep in mind, just as it is written. The Attorney General is responsible for prosecuting violations of the law under their jurisdiction. Writing a letter to the Attorney General is a last recourse in most situations. The Attorney General is only likely to respond to questions that are of wide public significance. Large scale consumer fraud or protests over public policy are the most appropriate subjects for such a letter.
One major question. What about charity fraud?
For continued information, please read below article.
I am sure folks had thought, that the paper was done writing about the so called goings on of the Gettysburg clan, but truth told, we were are all in Vegas, bringing in the new year. /2020. We sincerely hope your new year was and is going great so far.
Perhaps, this is why the Barry story continues. Public demands further answers!
I was hopeful to write this article for the new year, but our readers have been demanding more from us, then in the past, so here it is first article of 20/20
Just days ago we saw posts from the said owners or alleged owners of the bash, that being Pam and Steve Barry. The announcement came by A said shock wave.”They stated the Gettysburg store will be ran through a long time friend Mark Nesbit, A ghost author of Gettysburg ghosts. A well respected author.
Our readers who have followed the stories surrounding the Barry’s, have been asking some questions. I know one question, that came to mind with us, was what would a well respected author be doing with somebody like Steven Barry. Or Pam Barry, who has been recently investigated by the attorney generals office?. This is what I explained to many people, whom had voiced some concerns.
Mark Nesbit, does not do much social media any longer, so it is in my opinion that he can be manipulated, easily be taken advantage of by these people, such as moving into his shop. If mark does not do social media, he is completely unaware, that certain paranormal legal issues had arisen from the Barry’s adventures. You must keep in mind, not everything is what it seems.
With the Barry’s allegedly skimming the charity monies into what appears to be there own pockets and next to no money being paid to actual charities, moving out of the one place, they most recently had, the Gettysburg Ghost Exchange.It had made little sense, other then they didn’t have money to pay the rent there.
So where did all the money go then?
Moving into Marks shop made sense. Or so it seems. Perhaps they used all the money to either buy there limo or to live high off the paranormal hog? who knows.
Again the questions that most folks would like answered and I doubt the Barry’s will answer even one of them.
#.1 Where did all the events money go, that they pocketed, you know made almost 100 percent profit from?
#.2 Have the Barry’s even been cleared from all of there supposed tax years. 2017,2018,2019 and what about 2020,as they started taking money for this next year already.
#.3 Has there been any indications, that they will be using said charities again to allegedly endorse there so called events? if so whom this time?
We felt that it was important to share these basic ten steps, written by the P.A attorney generals office, when using or hiring a public fund raiser, Since the Barry’s have done this repeatedly over the last atleast three years.
Truth be told, one should be aware, check out there sources and be vocal, if something doesn’t add up.
Questions to ask before hiring a professional fundraiser
If your nonprofit organization is planning a fundraising campaign, you may be thinking about hiring a professional to do the work. Professional fundraisers conduct the campaign for a fee; often it’s a percentage of the money they collect.
Because the fundraiser will be representing your organization to the public, it’s important that you thoroughly investigate every firm you’re considering hiring. Inappropriate behavior can result in negative publicity, fewer or smaller donations and possible legal action involving you and the fundraiser if the law is violated. To avoid these problems, please review the following information before hiring a professional fundraiser.
Some basic research will go a long way to ensure you are working with a reputable fundraiser. Contact other nonprofit groups in your area for information and referrals — especially colleges, hospitals and cultural organizations. You also may want to contact the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations (Bureau), toll-free within Pennsylvania, at 1-800-732-0999. The Bureau can provide information on fundraising activities conducted by registered paid solicitors on behalf of charitable organizations in Pennsylvania. (You can also contact your local community fund or an association of professional fundraisers in your area. Likewise, the Better Business Bureau should be contacted to inquire if any complaints have been filed against the solicitation firm.)
Would they solicit by phone, mail, door-to-door or a combination of approaches?
Would they solicit only money, or would they also sell products or tickets to events?
What portion of the cost would actually come back to your organization? Beware of companies that promise something for nothing or “easy money.”
Would subcontractors be used for any part of the campaign?
How would the fundraiser make sure its telephone solicitors follow the approved scripts?
Be clear that while the fundraiser would conduct the campaign, you would maintain overall control and expect the fundraiser to provide periodic financial reports.
Ask to see financial data from other campaigns to get a picture of their success rate.
Is the solicitor registered or bonded? In Pennsylvania, professional fundraisers conducting charitable solicitations are required to register with the Bureau and maintain a $25,000 bond.
Ask for bids. A reasonable bid is determined by considering all the factors involved — the time and type of labor involved, the nature and duration of the relationship between fundraiser and client, and the ability and experience of the fundraising firm.
Negotiating the Fundraising Contract:
Once you’ve selected a fundraiser, work out the details of the written campaign contract. This protects you as well as the fundraiser. The contract should:
include the legal names and addresses of all parties to the contract;
describe the services to be provided and the financial responsibilities of each party;
address the use of subcontractors;
enumerate the compensation to be paid to the solicitor — a flat fee and/or a percentage of the money collected;
require that the fundraiser use only material reviewed and approved by your organization when contacting the public, especially telemarketing scripts and printed materials mailed to donors;
make sure solicitation materials comply with Pennsylvania laws — Pennsylvania requires that professional solicitors conducting charitable solicitations make certain disclosures,
including that a telephone solicitation is being conducted by a professional fundraiser — descriptions of your organization, what it does and how the funds solicited will be used
should be accurate, as should representations about the tax deductibility of a donation;
specify the contract period, including the closing and settlement dates;
outline cancellation criteria for both parties; and
require the fundraiser to provide detailed reporting of results throughout the campaign and at its end, including penalty provisions should the fundraiser violate any provisions of the contract or state regulations, make sure that all donor checks are made out to your organization, not the solicitor — do not allow the solicitor to endorse checks — and review sales and other financial records on a regular basis, perhaps weekly.
It is important to specify ownership of donor lists in te contract. Typically, these lists belong to the nonprofit. If you retain ownership and decide to offer your lists for rental or exchange, consider the privacy of your donors. You may want to offer donors the opportunity to opt off lists you furnish to outside mailers and phone solicitors.
Monitoring the Fundraising Campaign:
Even though you’ve hired a professional fundraiser to conduct a campaign, you are responsible for the actions taken on your behalf. Therefore, regular supervision of the firm throughout the campaign is a must.
If you’re conducting a telemarketing campaign, insist that the fundraiser institute a system for training and monitoring solicitors to make sure they are following the authorized script. One method is to call back donors at random to verify the conversation. Another method is to conduct random unannounced inspections of the phone rooms to monitor the activities of the solicitors. Provide the telemarketer with answers for commonly asked questions about your organization and a telephone number and address where a representative of the organization can be contacted to answer questions and receive complaints.
You also should closely track complaints from the public. If a problem develops, review the area that’s causing confusion or concern and discuss ways to resolve the issue with the fundraiser.
During the campaign, keep tabs on the flow of money. Make sure you receive copies of original invoices as received, paid receipts as paid, bank statements, checks and deposit slips. Monitor all expenses to be sure they are reasonable and ordinary. Immediately question any expenses that appear excessive or for which there is lack of documentation. Your organization will be held responsible to account for all funds raised by the solicitation.
Several private nonprofit organizations promote standards in philanthropy to evaluate the performance of public-service groups. These standards include guidelines about the use of professional fundraisers. For more information, contact:
National Charities Information Bureau
19 Union Square West, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003-3395
Philanthropic Advisory Service Council of Better Business Bureaus
4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22203-1838