Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities


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Contact Information

Mailing address:
1885 N. 3rd Street, 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Phone: 225-326-6414
Fax: 225-326-6499

Web: Home
Email: gitsc@ag.state.la.us

Licenses

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Louisiana Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities
Law:

Louisiana Revised Statutes Ann. §§ 51:1901-1902; Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 16, Part III, §515

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

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:

Charities that do not use professional solicitors or fundraising counsels

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Charities that do not use professional fundraisers or fundraising counsels are automatically exempt from registration.

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Religious Institutions that include ecclesiastical or denominational organizations, churches, or established physical places for worship in this state at which nonprofit religious services and activities are regularly conducted and carried on and shall also include those bona fide religious groups which do not maintain specific places of worship
  • Religious institutions that include such separate groups or corporations which from an integral part of those institutions which are exempt from federal income tax as exempt organizations under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or of a corresponding section of any subsequently enacted Federal Revenue Act, and which are not primarily supported by funds solicited outside its own membership or congregation
  • Religious institutions that include such institutions soliciting contributions for construction and maintenance of a house of worship or clergyman's residence
  • Educational institutions recognized and/or approved by the State Department of Education or the appropriate state educational board, of the appropriate accrediting agency
  • Any hospital organized under the laws of this state, or any voluntary health organization organized under the laws of this state and/or under federal laws
Form:

Charitable Exemption Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Law:

16 LAC Pt. III §515

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Notes:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Initial Charitable Registration Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Notarize:Required
Notes:
  • Include signatures as required in the URS form instructions
  • Some Louisiana 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.
  • If filing the URS, appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in Louisiana.
  • 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.
  • If filing the URS, appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in Louisiana.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
  • If you will foreign qualify in Louisiana, obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state to submit during the foreign qualification process. The certificate cannot be more than 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division.
  2. Submit an Initial Charitable Registration Form and all required attachments to the Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in Louisiana. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division.
  3. Submit an Initial Charitable Registration Form and all required attachments to the Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities.
Required Attachments:

  • Articles of incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS determination letter
  • List of officers and directors
  • Professional fundraising contracts
  • List of other states where registered to solicit

Registration Renewal

Form:

Charitable Registration Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the date of initial registration.

Notarize:Required
Required Attachments:

  • List of officers and directors
  • Professional fundraising contracts

Cancellation

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

To close out your registration, send a signed letter indicating the organization is no longer required to maintain an active registration (does not use professional solicitors) in Louisiana.

A professional solicitor generally is a person or corporation who is paid by a charity to raise money or create a charity’s donation campaign on the charity's behalf. Employees or volunteers of a charity who raise funds for that charity are not professional solicitors.

Louisiana Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities
Bond Requirements:

$25,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Solicitor Registration Form

Agency Fee:

$150

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:
  •  Full name and business address of solicitor (Include city, state, zip and telephone number) and name under which business will operate in Louisiana.  
  • The names and residence addresses of all officers, directors, trustees and executive personnel of the professional solicitor
  •  names and addresses of all persons in charge of any solicitation activity
  • Information about any of its directors, officers, persons with controlling interest in the applicant, employees or agents been convicted within the last 5 years of any felony or of a misdemeanor
    arising from the conduct of a solicitation for any charitable organization or sponsor or a charitable or sponsor purpose; or has the applicant or any of its directors, officers, persons with controlling interest in
    the applicant, employees or agents been enjoined from violating a charitable solicitation law in this or any other state
  •  
Required Attachments:
  • If the professional solicitor has custody or control of contributions made to a charitable organization, the professional solicitor shall file a department-approved bond, at least in the amount of $25,000.00, with the Louisiana State Treasurer. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Solicitor Registration Form (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the anniversary date of initial registration.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required

Contract Filing

Form:

Notice of Commencement of Solicitation

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File a notice of commencement of solicitation at least 10 days prior to the start of the performance of the contract.

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