In 1943, New Hampshire became the first state in the nation to create a Charitable Trusts Unit. The Charitable Trusts Unit is part of the Office of the Attorney General. The mission of the Charitable Trusts Unit is to protect the public's interest in the property and assets committed to charitable purposes in the State through effective registration, education, and enforcement.
The statute creating the Charitable Trusts Unit (RSA 7:19) provides the Attorney General's Office with all the common law and statutory authority to enforce charitable trust laws. The laws governing charitable trusts in New Hampshire are complex and the Director of Charitable Trusts is responsible for the supervision and enforcement of charitable trusts and charitable solicitations. The Director is a necessary party to all judicial proceedings that affect the purposes of a charitable organization, whether in Probate Court or Superior Court.
In terms of statutory mandates, the principal functions of the Charitable Trusts Unit include:
Contact information for the Charitable Trusts Unit:
Charitable Trusts Unit
Office of the Attorney General
33 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301
Telephone: (603) 271-3591
New Hampshire Department of Justice | 33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301