Business Resources

We recommend the following accounting, marketing and legal resources for charities and non-profits:

  • Clifton Larson Allen, offering wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax and consulting.
  • Amperage, advertising agency based in Iowa.
  • The Common Sense Collective, a full service marketing agency based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • The Rubia Group, a nationally registered professional fundraising counsel agency, delivering cause marketing, branding, sponsorship and partnership solutions to clients.
  • Thompson & Associates, offering values-based estate planning.
  • David Bright with Pugh Hagen, a boutique business law firm focused primarily on real estate and commercial business transactions in the Iowa City - Cedar Rapids Corridor and beyond

State-by-State Resource Guide

To better help our clients navigate the ever-changing world of charitable solicitation registration, we've compiled a list of each state's charitable registration guidelines.

State

Link to State Website

Registration Tip

Alabama

What do I need to know about Alabama Charitable Solicitation Registration?

NonProfits and Professional Fundraisers must register in Alabama.

Alaska

Charities soliciting in Alaska must register by September 1 of each year.

Arizona

Arizona repealed laws requiring Charitable Solicitation Registration EXCEPT for Veteran's organizations.

Arkansas

In Arkansas, a foreign corporation filing, as well as charitable solicitation registration, will be required to complete your registration.

California

California registration is complex, requiring multiple submissions to multiple agencies. Some parts can be completed online for a faster response.

Colorado

If our charity accepts donations online, do we need to register in Colorado?

Colorado uses some of the key elements of the Charleston Principles as a guide to fundraising requirements.

Connecticut

How much does it cost to register our charity in Connecticut?

The annual Charitable Solicitation Registration fee in Connecticut is $50.

Delaware

There are currently no statutes requiring non-profits that solicit in Delaware to register.

District of Columbia

Washington, D.C. registration is complex, requiring multiple submissions to multiple agencies. Most parts can be completed online for a faster response.

Florida

Registrations in Florida may be filed online or by paper application. A separate financial report must be filed when renewing your registration in Florida.

Georgia

Georgia charitable solicitation registration requires extensive background checks, including a 10 year employment history and social security numbers for two officers of the non-profit.

Hawaii

What is required to register our nonprofit in Hawaii?

There is no fee for initial registration in Hawaii, but renewal fees are on a sliding scale based on level of contributions.

Idaho

What do I need to know about Idaho Charitable Solicitation Registration?

Neither charities nor professional fundraisers need to register with the State of Idaho.

Illinois

Illinois automatically assumes you have registered in prior years unless an affidavit to the contrary is provided. As a result, late fees in excess of $300 will apply. The annual registration fee is $15.

Indiana

Non-profits are not required to register with the State of Indiana. However, professional fundraising counsel and solicitors are required to register.

Iowa

What do I need to know about Iowa's Charitable Solicitation Registration process?

Non-profits are not required to register with the State of Iowa. However, professional fundraising counsel and solicitors are required to register.

Kansas

While registrations is required in Kansas, if you are soliciting less than 100 individuals (nationally), you are not required to register in Kansas.

Kentucky

If you have not yet filed your IRS-990 Form, you can file the Unified Registration Form (URS) as your Charitable Solicitation Registration in Kentucky.

Louisiana

Nonprofits only need to register with the Louisiana Department of Justice if they are utilizing the services of a professional fundraiser. However, an initial exemption filing is recommended.

Maine

Can nonprofit solicitation registrations be submitted online in Maine?

Charitable solicitation registrations can be filed via paper or online in Maine.

Maryland

Can my nonprofit solicitation registration deadline be extended if necessary in Maryland?

Yes. In fact, in Maryland, an automatic 5 1/2 month extension is granted, giving a charity 11 1/2 months after the fiscal year end to submit the application.

Massachusetts

A state specific registration form is required, along with various other documents to complete the Massachusetts filing.

Michigan

What do I need to know about Michigan Charitable Solicitation Registration?

As part of your initial registration, if your audited financial statements are not ready, you may request a one-time waiver to provide the audit as part of your non-profit solicitation registration submission.

Minnesota

Are there any special requirements for charitable solicitation registration in Minnesota?

Private foundations that do not solicit contributions from more than 100 people are not required to register.

Mississippi

Mississippi has adopted the Charleston Principles in determining whether online fundraising itself triggers Charitable Solicitation Registration in Mississippi.

Missouri

Are there Charitable Solicitation Registration requirements in Missouri?

Unless your nonprofit uses a professional fundraiser, a 501(c )3 organization does not have to submit a charitable solicitation registration filing in Missouri.

Montana

How do I file a Montana  Charitable Solicitation Registration application?

Montana no longer requires submission of a charitable solicitation registration filing for non-profit organizations.

Nebraska

Are there Charitable Solicitation Registration requirements in Nebraska?

Non-profit organizations are no longer required to submit a Charitable Solicitation registration filing in Nebraska.

Nevada

Your initial charitable solicitation registration may be submitted via mail, email or fax. The same is true for renewals.

New Hampshire

The only charitable solicitation registration exemptions available in New Hampshire are for religious organizations.

New Jersey

What do I need to know about New Jersey Charitable Solicitation Registration?

Effective May 1, 2018, all charitable solicitation registration filings must be submitted online.

New Mexico

Can nonprofit solicitation registrations be submitted online in New Mexico?

Yes, in fact, charitable solicitation registrations in New Mexico are ONLY accepted via an online submission.

New York

Are there any special requirements for charitable solicitation registration in New York?

There is an extensive list of non-profits that may be exempt from charitable solicitation registration in New York. An exemption request form can be submitted with an initial registration for a definitive ruling.

North Carolina

Paper filings, as well as online filings, are accepted for submitting of a non-profit's charitable solicitation registration in North Carolina.

North Dakota

Are there any special requirements for charitable solicitation registration in North Dakota?

In addition to submitting an application for charitable solicitation registration in North Dakota, a non-profit will also need to register as a foreign corporation.  

Ohio

What do I need to know about Ohio Charitable Solicitation Registration?

A sliding fee schedule, based on amount of contributions, is used in calculating the fee structure for registration.

Oklahoma

If your contributions exceed $10,000 the fee is $65.00 to submit a charitable solicitation registration in Oklahoma.

Oregon

Charitable solicitation registrations in Oregon are submitted via mail or email. There is no fee to submit your registration forms. 

Pennsylvania

Are there Charitable Solicitation Registration requirements in Pennsylvania?

Yes, in filing a charitable solicitation registration in Pennsylvania you will need to be aware of requirements for audited financials, several exemptions, as well as sales tax exemption impacts.

Rhode Island

Paper filings are no longer accepted for charitable solicitation registration in Rhode island. Electronic filing is available, as well as submission via US mail on flash drive or CD-ROM.   

South Carolina

The fee for charitable solicitation registration in South Carolina is $50, and can be paid via credit card if you choose to file online.

South Dakota

There is no requirement for a non-profit to submit a charitable solicitation registration in South Dakota. However, professional fundraisers and telephone solicitors must register.

Tennessee

The Charleston Principles are used to determine the impact of online fundraising to the charitable solicitation registration requirements in Tennessee.

Texas

What do I need to know about Texas Charitable Solicitation Registration?

Only three types of non-profits must submit a charitable solicitation registration filing in Texas. They are law enforcement, public safety and veteran's organizations. Each of these have a separate act under Texas law detailing specific requirements.

Utah

The fee for charitable solicitation registration in Utah is $75, and the filing can be expedited for an additional $75.

Vermont

Non-profit organizations are not required to submit a charitable solicitation registration filing in Vermont. However, all professional fundraisers must register.

Virginia

Are there Charitable Solicitation Registration requirements in Virginia?

If a non-profit solicits, or if others solicit on their behalf, they are required to submit a charitable solicitation registration in Virginia.

Washington

What do I need to know about Washington Charitable Solicitation Registration?

If a non-profit has paid employees or professional fundraisers, it must submit a charitable solicitation registration filing in Washington state.

West Virginia

If contributions exceed $1 million, the charitable solicitation registration fee in West Virginia is $50.

Wyoming

Non-profits are not required to submit a charitable solicitation registration filing in Wyoming.