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Charitable nonprofits frequently think they need to register to solicit donations in all 50 states. I’ve got some good news for you – fortunately not all states require this.

The number of states that do require charitable solicitation registration varies in some circumstances, usually depending on the type of organization, and sometimes you’ll find conflicting information when searching for the exact states where this is required.

Let’s clarify which states require charitable solicitation registration for most charities, along with a few notable exceptions.

States That Require Charitable Solicitation Registration and Renewal

Approximately 40 states have enacted charitable solicitation statutes. Although specifics vary, state statutes usually require organizations to register with the state before they solicit the state's residents for contributions. In most states, certain organizations are specifically excluded or exempt from the registration requirements. Although most states exempt similar types of organizations, specific exemptions vary from state to state.

For example, in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act requires charities to register before they solicit contributions in the state. Bona fide religious institutions and organizations of law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and other persons who protect the public safety are excluded from the state's requirements if they meet certain criteria. In addition, educational institutions, hospitals, veteran's organizations, volunteer firemen organizations, ambulance associations, rescue squad associations, public nonprofit library associations, senior citizens centers, nursing homes, and parent teacher associations are exempt if they meet certain criteria. Finally, organizations receiving annual contributions of $25,000 or less are exempt from the Pennsylvania registration requirements as long as they don't compensate anyone to conduct solicitations.

For more information see Emerson, State Charitable Solicitation Statues

Visit your state website to find information on state registration requirements for charities, taxation, information for employers, and more.

States That Do NOT Require Charitable Solicitation Registration

There are 9 states that do not require charitable registration for nonprofits:

  • Delaware 
  • Iowa 
  • Idaho 
  • Indiana 
  • Montana
  • Nebraska 
  • South Dakota 
  • Vermont 
  • Wyoming

There are a few states that only require registration if a nonprofit is engaged in specific activities or seeks assistance from professional fundraisers.

Charitable Registration is NOT Qualification to Do Business

Keep in mind that registering to solicit in a state is not the same as filing for a business license or qualifying to transact business in a state. With few exceptions, this is not required when a charity’s only nexus or connection with a state is fundraising via phone, email, direct mail or online.

To sum it up as neatly as possible, if a 501(c)(3) charity soliciting nationwide is not a law enforcement, public safety or veterans organization, does not use the services of a professional solicitor and is not otherwise in an exempt category, that nonprofit would be required to register in 37 states and D.C. – and file a one-time exemption in Missouri.

Not sure how to handle the registrations in those 37 states? The good news is that you don't have to go it alone. Put our expertise to work for you.

This content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered, or relied upon, as legal advice.

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