Colorado Secretary of State (Charities)


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Contact Information

Physical address:
1700 Broadway
Denver, CO 80290

Phone: 303-894-2200 & press 2
Fax: 303-869-4871

Web: Home Name search
Email: charitable@sos.state.co.us

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the Colorado Secretary of State (Charities) in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other reference data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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Colorado Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State (Charities)
Law:

Colorado Revised Statutes § 6-16-104

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:4/10/20

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities that do not intent to solicit and receive and do not actually receive more than $25,000 in contributions during a fical year
  • Charities that do not receive contributions from more than 10 persons during a fiscal year
  • Religious organizations that are exempt from filing the IRS 990
  • Below college level educational organizations that are affiliated with a church or operated by a religious order
  • Political organizations
  • Appeals for individuals
Notes:

Exempt charities can file an optional exemption claim to have a public record of their exempt status created in the secretary of state's database.

Fact Checked:8/15/19

Initial Registration

Instructions:

Instructions for Registering as a Charitable Organization

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Turnaround:

1 week

Notes:
  • Any charitable organization that (1) solicits contributions in Colorado, (2) has contributions solicited in Colorado on its behalf, or (3) participates in a charitable sales promotion must register in Colorado.
  • Any authorized officer must sign electronically.
  • After approval you will receive a registration number and a printable "certificate of registration".  You can view and print a Certificate of Registration from the summary screen of any registered group.
  • Some Colorado counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Before you Apply:

All Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in Colorado.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Colorado Secretary of State.
  2. Create an efile account and submit an online application with all required attachments to the charities section of the Colorado Secretary of State.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in Colorado. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the Colorado Secretary of State.
  3. Create an efile account and submit an online application with all required attachments to the charities section of the Colorado Secretary of State.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • IRS determination letter
  • List of officers and directors
  • Professional fundraising contracts
Fact Checked:4/14/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Due:

Renewal is due annually by the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of your organization's fiscal year, however, Colorado automatically grants a 3 month extension of this deadline.

Due Date Extension:

Due dates are automatically extended for 3 months after the original due date, but charities needing more time can request an additional 3 months extension by making a request online. For more information and detailed instructions, see this page.

Penalties:

There is a $60 fee for failure to file a renewal.

Notes:
  • Also file your annual financial report
  • Any authorized officer must sign electronically.
  • After approval you will receive a registration number and a printable "certificate of registration"
Required Attachments:

  • List of officers and directors
  • IRS determination letter
Fact Checked:2/4/20

Change of Fiscal Year

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

Immediately online

Notes:

Fiscal year can be changed online.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Cancellation

Form:

Charities Registration Withdrawal

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

To close out your registration, file a withdrawal form with the Secretary of State.

Fact Checked:7/14/20

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