"Consistent with the responsibilities to oversee charitable activities and fundraising in Connecticut, we are requesting information about your organization's fundraising and charitable efforts," the letter stated. "In all circumstances, donors need information to help make informed giving decisions and to understand the purposes for which their gifts will be used. This is particularly important - and challenging - when so much money is being raised so quickly."
The questions groups were asked to answer are:
- What is the approximate dollar amount of donations and pledges that your organization has received to date in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy?
- Will these funds be used solely for victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy? If not, approximately what portion will be used for relief for victims and what other purposes, and in what proportions, will funds be used for?
- Approximately how much has your organization spent to date related to the Sandy Hook tragedy?
- What services has your organization provided to those affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy? What populations or class of victims are being served by your organization in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy? What services does it expect to provide in the future?
- Has your organization provided funding to other organizations for purposes related to the Sandy Hook tragedy? If so, which organizations have received those funds and what is the approximate dollar amount provided to them? How does your organization determine the need for funding?
- Has your organization provided, or does it intend to provide, direct financial assistance to individuals, families or businesses for Sandy Hook relief? If so, what is the approximate dollar amount that your organization has provided to date and approximately how much direct financial assistance does it expect to provide in the future? How does your organization determine the need for assistance?
- Does your organization have a plan in place on how to use any surplus funds not spent for purposes related to the Sandy Hook tragedy? If so, please describe that plan.
Last week, The Hartford Courant reported that charities had raised more than $15 million from all over the world since the shooting at Sandy Hook, but no one was keeping track of where the money was going. While the survey sent to charities on Thursday is voluntary, groups were asked to respond by April 12, and informed that the information provided would be made available to the public "shortly thereafter."