Missouri Attorney General - Charities


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Contact Information

Mailing address:
PO Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: (573) 751-1197

Web: Home
Email: registrations@ago.mo.gov

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Missouri Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Missouri Attorney General - Charities
Law:

Missouri Revised Statutes Title XXVI § 407.450 - § 407.478

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions and their authorized and related foundations
  • Fraternal, benevolent, social, educational, alumni, and historical organizations, and any auxiliaries associated with any of such organizations, when solicitation of contributions is confined to the membership of such organizations or auxiliaries
  • Hospitals and auxiliaries of hospitals, provided all fund-raising activities and solicitations of contributions are carried on by employees of the hospital or members of the auxiliary and not by any professional fund-raiser who is employed as an independent contractor
  • Any solicitation for funds governed by Chapter 130 (campaign finance law)
  • Any organization that has obtained an exemption from the payment of federal income taxes as provided in section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(7) or 501(c)(8) of Title 26, United States Code, as amended, if, in fact, no part of the net earnings of the organization inure to the benefit of any private party or individual associated with such organization
Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$0

Law:

Missouri Revised Statutes Title XXVI §407.456

Original Ink:Not required
Notarization Required?:Not required
Notes:

There is no application form for exemption, but charities should cite the exemption category and submit supporting documents (e.g. articles of incorporation and IRS determination letter) to receive an exemption.

Required Attachments:
  • IRS determination letter
  • Articles of Incorporation

Initial Registration

Form:

Initial Registration Statement

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$15, payable to "Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund"

Turnaround:

1 week

Original Ink:Not required
Notarization Required?:Required
Notes:
  • Even if your nonprofit is exempt, you may wish to have it added to the Attorney General's database. 
  • One authorized signature is required and must be notarized.
  • Some Missouri counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • If you will foreign qualify in Missouri, obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state to submit during the foreign qualification process. The certificate cannot be more than 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Missouri Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Submit an Initial Registration Statement to the Missouri Attorney General - Charities Section.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in Missouri. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the Missouri Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  3. Submit an Initial Registration Statement to the Missouri Attorney General - Charities Section.
Required Attachments:
  • List of officers and directors
  • Articles of Incorporation or Partnership Agreement
  • Name, address, phone number, and interest amount for those owning at least 10% of the organization
  • Name, address, and phone of each governmental agency registered with during the past three years
  • Name, address, and phone of any professional fundraiser who will solicit (if applicable)

Registration Renewal

Form:

Charitable Organization Annual Report Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$15

Due:
  • Annually within 75 days of the end of their fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, renewal is due by March 15.
  • There is no official start to the renewal period, so renewals may be submitted as soon as financials become available for the most recently completed fiscal year.
Due Date Extension:

Missouri does not grant extensions, however, charities that will not have completed financials available by the due date can file the annual report using estimated figures. Write "estimated" on the form and submit the renewal fee and once financials become available file an updated copy of the annual report with the actual figures (no fee required to file updated financials).

Original Ink:Not required
Notarization Required?:Required
Notes:
  • Some organizations are exempt from filing the annual report, including those raising <$10,000 in contributions during the preceding 12-month period.
  • Charities that do not submit a renewal by the required due date must go through the reinstatement process. 
Required Attachments:
  • Name, address, and phone of all professional fundraisers used in the past year
  • Name, address, and phone of all professional fundraisers you plan to use in the upcoming fiscal year

Reinstatement

Form:

Charitable Organization Registration Reinstatement

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$50

Notarization Required?:Required
Penalties:

Charities suspected of violating the Missouri Charitable Organizations and Solicitations Law are subject to an investigation by the Attorney General. Upon application from the Attorney General, the court can issue the following judgments: 

  • civil penalty of up to $1,000/violation
  • temporary restraining orders
  • preliminary injunctions
  • temporary receivers
  • having funds or accounts sequestered 
  • restitution to restore loss suffered by injured parties

Charities that violate an injunction or restitution order face fines of up to $5,000/violation. 

Notes:

Charities that do not submit a renewal by the required due date must go through the reinstatement process. 

Change of Fiscal Year

Filing Method:

Phone or email to registrations@ago.mo.gov

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Organizations can change their fiscal year by calling or sending an email and informing the Attorney General of the change. The Attorney General will make the change on the registration. No additional paperwork is required. 

Cancelation

Filing Method:

Email to registrations@ago.mo.gov

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

A charity can withdraw their registration by sending an email to registrations@ago.mo.gov and informing them that the organization no longer solicits donations in the state of Missouri. All annual reports must reflect the last day that solicitations took place in Missouri before a registration can be cancelled. 

A professional fundraiser is any person or entity who is retained under contract or otherwise compensated by or on behalf of a charitable organization primarily for the purpose of soliciting funds.


Professional fundraiser does not include any bona fide employee of a charitable organization who receives regular compensation and is not primarily employed for the purpose of soliciting funds. § 407.453, RSMo

Missouri Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Missouri Attorney General - Charities

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Initial Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Address and phone of each solicitation location in Missouri
  • Name, address, and phone of each governmental agency registered with during the past 3 years
  • Name, address, phone, and interest amount of those owning at least 10% of organization
  • Name, address, and phone of organizations for which fundraiser solicited in past 5 years
  • Financial institutions, addresses, phones, and account numbers into which funds will be deposited

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarization Required?:Not required

Contract Filing

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Amendment Letter

Agency Fee:

$25

Law:

MO Code Regs. tit. 15 § 60-3.070

Notes:

Contracts must be submitted prior to the commencement of solicitations in the state.

Reinstatement

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Reinstatement Form

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarization Required?:Required
Notes:

Firms that fail to renew their registration within 45 days after their due date must file a reinstatement application to bring their license back to good standing.

Required Attachments:
  • Address and phone of each solicitation location in Missouri
  • Name, address, and phone of each governmental agency registered with during the past 3 years
  • Name, address, phone, and interest amount of those owning at least 10% of organization
  • Name, address, and phone of organizations for which fundraiser solicited in past 5 years
  • Financial institutions, addresses, phones, and account numbers into which funds will be deposited

Missouri Solicitor Registration

Agency:Missouri Attorney General - Charities

Initial Registration

Form:

Solicitor Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarization Required?:Not required

Renewal Not Required

Not required



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