Dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation
Current Status: FulfilledAs of
"The Foundation has done enormous good works over the years in contributing millions of dollars to countless worthy groups, including supporting veterans, law enforcement officers and children... However, to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President I have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways."
- Trump statement, December 2016
In October 2016, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman directed the Donald J. Trump Foundation to stop taking donations, saying the foundation violated state law requiring charitable organizations that solicit outside donations to register with a state office. A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office said in December 2016 that Trump cannot shutter the foundation while the investigation is ongoing.
After more than two years of court proceedings, an agreement was reached to allow the Foundation to dissolve under judicial supervision, thus meeting the intent of Trump's promise. However, the lifting of the injunction against dissolution of the Foundation was contingent upon a legal challenge against the Foundation being allowed to continue that seeks $2.8 million in restitution, plus penalties, and a ban on Trump and his three eldest children serving on the board of any other New York nonprofit. The lawsuit rests on claims that the President and his children violated campaign finance laws and abused the Foundation's tax-exempt status.