[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Springfield 12-14-1994 as § 5-5 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning set forth:
- CHARITABLE and PHILANTHROPIC
- Patriotic, religious, eleemosynary, benevolent, educational, civic or fraternal associations, societies and the like.
- The giving of alms, food, clothes, money subscriptions, pledges or property of any nature or kind.
- SOLICIT and SOLICITATION
- The request, directly or indirectly, for money, credit, property, financial assistance or other thing of value on the plea or representation that such money, credit, property, financial assistance or other thing of value will be used for a charitable and philanthropic purpose. Solicitation shall be deemed to be complete when made, whether or not the person making the same receives any contribution.
No person or organization shall solicit charitable or philanthropic contributions within the Township without first obtaining a permit authorizing such public solicitations; provided that the provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any established person or organization authorized and not operated for the pecuniary profit of any person if the solicitations by such person or organization are conducted among the members thereof, or if the solicitations are in the form of collections or contributions at the regular assembly or meetings of any such person or organization.
Application for a permit to make a public solicitation of funds by charitable and philanthropic organizations shall be made to the Township Clerk upon forms provided by the Township.
An investigation of the application shall be made by the Chief of Police to determine that the person or organization is bona fide. Upon making such determination, the Chief of Police shall notify the Township Clerk.
Upon authorization of the Township Council, the Clerk shall issue a license for the conduct of activities under this chapter. There shall be no fee for a permit issued hereunder.
The Township Clerk shall keep a current calendar of approved solicitations to be conducted within the Township. The Clerk may propose alternate dates for a solicitation if the requested dates should unfairly conflict with other solicitations being conducted within the Township.
No permit may grant the right to solicit for a period longer than 90 consecutive days.
Any person or organization receiving money from any contributor under a solicitation made pursuant to this chapter shall give to the contributor a written receipt, signed by the solicitor, showing the date and the amount received. This subsection shall not apply to any contribution collected by means of a closed box or receptacle used in the solicitation where the use thereof has been approved by the Township Council, where it is impractical to determine the amount of each contribution.
All solicitations conducted under the authority of this chapter shall take place between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. No solicitations shall be conducted on Sundays. Any person or organization desiring to solicit at hours other than those stated herein shall make special request therefor on their application, and this special request shall be approved or disapproved by the Township Council. If approval is given by the Council for the solicitation to be conducted at other than the hours stated in this chapter, the approval shall be plainly stamped on the permit issued by the Township Clerk.