Does my charity need to file?
If your charity solicits contributions, then most likely you need to register to solicit contributions. This is true whether you solicit contributions through direct mail, email, the internet, phone solicitation, grants, direct contact, etc. Most charities that solicit nationwide need to register in about 39 states. However some types of organizations are exempt from registration in some or all states.
Organizations that receive minimal contributions are typically exempt from filing an a handful of states, though some states view the solicitation itself as requiring registration, whether or not funds were raised. Schools, universities, and alumni organization are exempt from registering in about half of the states that require registration and only need to register in about 10 states. Hospitals are exempt in a dozen states and only need to register in about 19 states. Membership organizations that only solicit from their members only need to register in a dozen states. Churches that are not required to file a 990, are exempt and do not need to register to solicit contributions. Churches that do file a 990, will need to register in about 13 states. 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(19) organizations are exempt in a few states, but still need to register in 35 states, whereas 501(c)(3) organizations typically need to register in around 37 states.
You can contact us to see if your organization needs to register to solicit contributions. If you use our registrations services, then we can request exemptions for you in states where you are entitled to an exemption and for most states we do not charge for that service, but offer it at no charge when we do your other state registrations.
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To find out how we can help you become and stay registered call 844-863-0915 or click here to email us.