charitable solicitation registration

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Over 40 states require some sort of Charitable Registration for nonprofits. Of those states, most provide exemptions for one or more types of charities. However, an exemption may still require an exemption filing in some states, either initially
or on some schedule. Other states allow self-certification of exemption.
When assessing the available exemptions
for any nonprofit organization, several considerations can trigger registration even if an exemption is available:

  • Use of a professional fundraising partner
  • Employing paid staff vs. a volunteer staff
  • Raising funds in excess of a state-established threshold

 

For educational institutions and the foundations that support them, a dozen or so states require registration. That number can be higher if
you engage a professional fundraiser or if your contributions exceed state-specific caps.
As many as 34 states offer exemptions for higher education institutions based on who is doing the fundraising:

  • Is the educational institution raising funds?
  • Is a separate foundation raising funds?
  • Do both raise funds?
  • Is a professional fundraiser involved?
  • Does the Admissions/Student Recruiting team distribute solicitations for funds at college fairs, high school campus visits, etc.?
  • Are you engaged in a capital campaign—now or in the near future?
  • Does the organization raise in excess of $25K annually?

Each nonprofit entity (as evidenced by a unique tax identification number—TIN) that is engaged in fundraising will have a registration requirement that can differ by state.

Capstone’s assessment process sorts out these details.

 

For hospitals and the foundations that support them, a dozen or so states require registration. That number can be higher if you engage a professional fundraiser or if your contributions exceed state-specific caps.
As many as 15 states offer exemptions for hospitals, and it varies based on who is doing the fundraising:

  • Is the hospital raising the funds?
  • Is a separate foundation raising funds?
  • Do both raise funds?
  • Is a professional fundraiser involved?
  • Are you engaged in a capital campaign—now or in the near future?
  • Does the organization raise in excess of $25K annually?
  • How is the Hospital Auxiliary impacting fundraising?

Each nonprofit entity (as evidenced by a unique tax identification number—TIN) that is engaged in fundraising will have a registration requirement that can differ by state.

Capstone’s assessment process sorts out these details.

 

For social and community service organizations, few states offer a direct exemption. However, exploring both the Code adopted by each state, and the requirements outlined for charitable registration, there are situations where various types of organizations may be exempted. Our assessment process is a critical component when making the decision about which states require registration for a specific nonprofit organization. Some specific considerations include:

  • Evaluating the specific mission and individuals served to identify potential exemptions.
  • Is a separate foundation raising funds?
  • Is a professional fundraiser involved?
  • Do you raise in excess of $25K annually?

Capstone assesses your needs and provides you with options for charity registration.

 

Celebrities and professional athletes are world travelers who often request donations while they’re on tour. But where you are when you solicit donations for your foundation matters. Capstone Charity Resources helps you navigate the nuances of multi-state charity registration.

  • Do you request contributions at events in any state outside of your home state?
  • Do you use social media to request funds?
  • Are you requesting donations from professional organizations, e.g. PGA, NFL, etc. ?
  • Do you ask for corporate sponsorships?
  • Do you solicit individual donations in your home state and other states?
  • Is a professional fundraiser involved?
  • Does the foundation raise in excess of $25K annually?

Capstone’s assessment process answers these questions, then, we register your foundation as needed.

 

Community foundations have unique registration requirements that involve special analysis. Here are a few of the questions you should ask about your fundraising activities:

  • Are you soliciting donations at events in your state or other states?
  • Are others fundraising on your behalf in your state or other states?
  • Are you engaged in a capital campaign—now or in the near future?
  • Does the foundation raise in excess of $25K annually?
  • Is a professional fundraiser involved?

Capstone’s assessment process answers these questions. You can then choose the service level you need.

 

In addition to regular fundraising activities, wildlife and environmental nonpro ts may charge admission or sell items with a portion of proceeds donated to the organization or its foundation.
If you also rely on the web and social media to
get the word out, you may need to register your charity in multiple states.

  • Are you asking for donations online on your website or via social media?
  • Do you charge admission or sell items with a portion of proceeds donated to a foundation?
  • Are proceeds from your gift shop donated to the organization?
  • Are you engaged in a capital campaign—now or in the near future?
  • Does the organization raise in excess of $25K annually?
  • Is a professional fundraiser involved?

Capstone assesses your needs and provides you with options for charity registration.

 

Museums that curate and display art, historical or scientific exhibits should take a close look at how and where they raise funds. Even the sale of small items like annual holiday ornaments can trigger registration if the proceeds are donated to the organization. These organizations may also request art, ancient objects and other items as donations, which can affect the need to register.

  • Are you soliciting donations via social media or the web?
  • Do you ask for donations of art, historical items and other items to exhibit?
  • Do you charge admission or sell items with a portion of proceeds donated to a foundation?
  • Are proceeds from your gift shop donated to the organization?
  • Are you engaged in a capital campaign—now or in the near future?
  • Does the organization raise in excess of $25K annually?
  • Is a professional fundraiser involved?
  • Is a separate foundation raising funds?

Capstone helps you answer questions and choose from service options that best t your charity registration needs.

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