Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau


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Illinois Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau
Law:

225 ILCS 460/2 and 760 ILCS 55/5

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:6/17/21

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • The University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University,Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State Normal University, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, all educational institutions that are recognized by the State Board of Education or that are accredited by a regional accrediting association or by an organization affiliated with the National Commission on Accrediting, any foundation having an established identity with any of the aforementioned educational institutions, any other educational institution confining its solicitation of contributions to its student body, alumni, faculty and trustees, and their families
  • Fraternal, patriotic, social, educational, alumni organizations and historical societies when solicitation of contributions is confined to their membership
  • Persons requesting any contributions for the relief or benefit of any individual if the contributions collected are turned over to the named beneficiary, first deducting reasonable expenses for costs of banquets, or social gatherings, if any, provided all fund raising functions are carried on by persons who are unpaid, directly or indirectly, for such services
  • Any bona fide union, bona fide political organization or bona fide political action committee, which does not solicit funds for a charitable purpose
  • Any charitable organization receiving an allocation from an incorporated community chest or united fund provided certain conditions are met
  • A bona fide organization of volunteer firemen, or a bona fide auxiliary or affiliate of such organization, provided all its fund raising activities are carried on by members of such an organization or an affiliate thereof and such members receive nocompensation, directly or indirectly
  • Any charitable organization operating a nursery for infants awaiting adoption providing that all its fund raising activities are carried on by members of such an organization or an affiliate thereof and such members receive no compensation, directly or indirectly
  • Any corporation established by the Federal Congress that is required by federal law to submit annual reports of its activities to Congress
  • Any boys' club which is affiliated with the Boys' Club of America provided, however, that such an affiliate properly files the reports required by the Boys' Club of America and that the Boys' Club of America files with the Government of the United States the reports required by its federal charter
  • Any veterans organization chartered or incorporated under federal law and any veterans organization which is affiliated with, and recognized in the bylaws of, a congressionally chartered or incorporated veterans organization
  • Any parent-teacher organization that is controlled by teachers and parents of children attending a particular public or private school for which the organization is named and solicits contributions for the benefit of that particular school provided that certain conditions are met
Notes:

Fax a letter to the charitable trust bureau requesting exemption.

Fact Checked:1/8/20

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:

Religious organizations

Form:

Form CO-3: Religious Exemption Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Notarize:Required
Notes:

Exemptions do not expire as long as the organization continues to qualify under the exemption criteria.

Fact Checked:8/15/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Form CO-1: Registration Statement

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$15

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Notes:
  • President and CFO or another authorized officer must sign. They must be two individuals. Notarization of signatures is not needed.
  • Some Illinois 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.
  • Appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in Illinois.
  • If your charity meets the audit threshold, obtain an audited financial report to submit with your registration application.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.

Foreign 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 Illinois.
  • Obtain certified copies of your articles of incorporation (including amendments) to file during the foreign qualification process. These documents must be dated within 90 days of the date of application for foreign qualification.
  • If your charity meets the audit threshold, obtain an audited financial report to submit with your registration application.
  • 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 Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department.
  2. Submit a Registration Statement and all required attachments to the Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department (The foreign qualification requirement may be waived by sending a letter to the department notifying them that the charity is not required to register with the Secretary of State).
  2. Submit a Registration Statement and all required attachments to the Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • Audited financials (if applicable)
  • Articles of incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS determination letter
  • List of officers and directors
  • Professional fundraising contracts
  • A signed statement indicating no funds were solicited or held in Illinois at any time prior to registration
  • Certificate of authority to do business in Illinois
Fact Checked:4/14/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form AG990-IL: Illinois Charitable Organization Supplement

Instructions:

Small nonprofits who raised <$15,000 in contributions during the calendar year do not need to file. In contrast, large nonprofits will need to submit audited finanical statements.

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$15

Due:

Due annually 6 months after the close of your fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, then renewal is due June 30. 

Due Date Extension:

Due dates can be extended for 60 days beyond the original due date by sending a letter including the name, CO number, and EIN number of the charity to the attorney general's office. If more time is needed, a second extension of an additional 2.5 months is available. When applying for a second extensions, charities must submit an unsigned AG990IL with "draft" written at the top, a letter requesting extension, preliminary income statement and balance sheet, IRS Form 8868, and the $15 renewal fee.

Original Ink:Not required
Penalties:

There is a late fee of $100.

Notes:
  • Include all required attachments, including finanical audit if needed.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • Audited financials (if applicable)
  • Professional fundraising contracts
Fact Checked:2/4/20

Change of Fiscal Year

Form:

Form AG990-IL: Illinois Charitable Organization Supplement

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Send a letter indicating change of fiscal year and then draft AG990-IL (unsigned) and letter requesting extension.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Cancellation

Form:

AG990-IL Charitable Organization Annual Report

Agency Fee:

$15

Notes:

To close out your registration, file a final annual report with "FINAL" written across the top and original signatures. Organizations must also provide a letter indicating that they wish to withdraw and proof of dissolution or withdrawal from the Secretary of State.

Fact Checked:7/14/20

Illinois Commercial Co-Venturer Campaign Registration

Not required



Commercial Co-venturer licensure is not required on the State level in Illinois.

CCVs are not licensed in Illinois, but they must meet contract filing and financial reporting requirements.

More information: Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau

Contract Filing

Form:

CO-1: Registration Statement and CO-2: Financial Information Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$15

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Due:

Contracts must be filed before fundraising activity begins.

Notes:

For a CCV to partner with a charity, the charity must be registered to solicit charitable contributions or be otherwise exempt from registration.

Contract Amendment

Agency Fee:

$15

Due:

An amendment filing should be made before the expiration date of a campaign in order to extend the campaign.

Notes:

To report an extension of a campaign or another change to a campaign agreement, submit a cover letter describing the change and include a copy of the amended agreement.

Fact Checked:8/12/20

Financial Reporting

Form:

AG990-IL Charitable Organization Annual Report

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$15

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Due:

Within 6 months after the end of the campaign.

Illinois Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Fact Checked:8/7/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Form PFR-01: Professional Fund-Raiser Registration Statement

Instructions:

Instructions

Mail to: 
Office of the Attorney General
Charitable Trust Bureau
100 West Randolph Street, 11th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 814-2595

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100 + $25 for each contract

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:
  • Names of chief management personnel 
Required Attachments:
  • "Professional Fund Raiser (PFR) List of Charities & Contracts" (Form PFR-06)
  • A copy of all contracts listed on Form PFR-06 along with the $25.00 Filing Fee for Each Contract. Check or Money Order payable to the "Illinois Charity Bureau Fund" attached to Form PFR-06.
  • "Professional Fund Raisers Bond" (Form CS-6)  Note: this form must be filed by all Professional Fund Raisers that have access to or control of funds raised.
  • "Professional Solicitor Registration Statement" (Form PS-01) Note: this form must be filed for each Solicitor employed by the PFR.
  • Partnership Agreement or Articles of Incorporation of Professional Fund Raiser.
  • Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Illinois. This must be filed by out-of-state corporations only.
  • A list of all business locations used for fundraising. (Attach a schedule indicating the street address, city, state).
  • A list of all principal parties, officers, directors, executive personnel, and owners of ten percent or more of the capital stock. (Attac a schedule for each person as needed indicating their name, street address, title, and percent of interest). 
  • Copies of all FundRaising Contracts with Charities including Amendments, and Extensions.
Fact Checked:10/4/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/register_report.html

Agency Fee:

$100 + $25 for each contract

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Fact Checked:10/4/19

Contract Filing

Form:

Form PFR-06: Professional Fund-Raiser List of Charities and Contracts

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 10 days of the date of execution of each new contract.

Fact Checked:10/4/19

Financial Reporting
Annual Financial Report

Form:

Form PFR-02: Professional Fund-Raiser Annual Financial Report

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by April 30.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:10/4/19

Financial Reporting
Mid-Year Financial Report

Form:

Form PFR-02: Professional Fund-Raiser Annual Financial Report

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by September 30.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:10/4/19

Illinois Professional Fundraising Consultant Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau
Law:

225 ILCS 460/6.5

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Form PFC-01: Professional Fundraising Consultant Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form PFC-01: Professional Fundraising Consultant Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Biennially by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Contract Filing

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Copies of all fundraising contracts must be submitted to Charitable Trust Bureau upon registration. Changes to the registration application, including new contract agreements, must be filed within 10 days of the changes.

Fact Checked:9/11/20

Amendment

Form:

PFC-01 Professional Fundraising Consultant Registration Statement (Amendment)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

If any of the information in the submitted registration statement changes, the Charitable Trust Bureau must be notified in writing within ten (10) days of the changes.

Fact Checked:9/11/20

Illinois Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau
Fact Checked:8/7/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Form PS-01: Professional Solicitor Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/register_report.html

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Fact Checked:12/15/16

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