Alabama Fundraising Licensing

Resources for charities, businesses, professional fundraisers, and individuals conducting charitable solicitation activities
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Below, you'll find licensing requirements for a range of fundraising activities. At a glance, you can see requirements, fees, filing instructions, and links to forms for everything from charitable gaming and cause marketing to professional fundraisers and charitable gift annuities.

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Company Licenses

Alabama Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Alabama Charitable Gaming License

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Charitable Gaming licensure is not required on the State level in Alabama.

There is no state level licensing for games of chance in Alabama, however, many Alabama counties license charitable organizations for games of bingo.

Alabama Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Alabama Securities Commission
Law:

AL Code § 8-6-10 and Securities Commission Administrative Code 830-X-6-.10

Initial Registration

Form:

Form U-4: Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer

Agency Fee:

$60 per agent.

Notes:

Individual agents who solicit on behalf of an organization should register using form U-4. The issuing organization must also submit form U-2 and various supporting documents.

Fact Checked:12/4/17

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/17

Alabama Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Law:

Alabama Code § 13A-9-71 et seq.

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:1/16/19

One-Time Exemption Registration

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 and do not use professional fundraisers
  • Educational institutions and their authorized and related foundations
  • Religious organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Fraternal, patriotic, benevolent, social, educational, alumni, health care foundation, historical,
    and civil rights organizations, including fraternities and sororities and any auxiliaries
    associated with any such organizations
  • Civic leagues and civic organizations which solicit contributions solely from their own
    membership
  • Appeals for individuals that raise $10,000 or less
  • Any charitable organization receiving an allocation from an incorporated community chest or
    united fund, provided the chest or fund is complying with this section relating to registration and filing of
    annual reports with the Attorney General, the charitable organization does not actually receive, in addition to an allocation,
    contributions in excess of $25,000 during the fiscal year, and all of the fund raising functions of the charitable organization are carried on by
    persons who are not paid for such services
  • A local post, camp, chapter, or similarly designated element, or a county unit of such elements
    of a bona fide veterans organization, which issues charters to local elements throughout this
    state, or a bona fide organization of volunteer firefighters, ambulance companies, or rescue
    squads, or a bona fide auxiliary or affiliate of such organizations, provided all of its fund
    raising activities are carried on by members of the organization, family members of the
    members of the organization, volunteers, or an affiliate of the organization and the members
    receive no compensation, directly or indirectly
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

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

Fact Checked:8/15/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Charitable Organization Registration Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25

Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • The CFO and the president / other authorized officer must sign. The signatures must be notarized.
  • Some Alabama counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Fact Checked:1/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Charitable Organization Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Renewal is due annually within 90 days after the close or your organization's fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, then the report is due March 31. 

Notes:
  • On the state form, check the "update" box
  • For most organizations, plan to have your IRS Form 990 available early or filing an extension with the Attorney General.
  • The CFO and the president / other authorized officer must sign. The signatures must be notarized.
  • The organization must also notify the Attorney General throughout the year within 90 days of any change in the information.

  • If you want to discontinue your registration, file Charitable Organization Notice of Non-Renewal.

Fact Checked:1/4/18

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days

Notes:

Email Emily Nichols at enichols@ago.state.al.us to update fiscal year.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Alabama Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Law:

Alabama Code § 13A-9-70(h)

Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Notes:

Organizations cannot begin to fundraise until 15 days after a contract has been filed with the attorney general.

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Fundraiser or Commercial Co-Venturer Registration Statement

Filing Method:

Online is the easiest and fastest way. There is a legacy paper form that requires the applicant to notarize and mail. When filing by paper, state processing takes much longer (on the order of several weeks).

Agency Fee:

$100

Turnaround:

2-3 business days when filing online.

Fact Checked:8/1/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Fundraiser or Commercial Co-Venturer Registration Statement (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Online is the easiest and fastest way. There is a legacy paper form that requires the applicant to notarize and mail. When filing by paper, state processing takes much longer (on the order of several weeks).

Agency Fee:

$100

Turnaround:

1-3 business days.

Due:

Annually by September 30.

Fact Checked:8/1/19

Contract Filing

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

Immediately online

Due:

File a copy of all contracts entered into with charitable organizations within 10 days after the beginning of the contract.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
How to Apply:

The charity must be registered to solicit charitable contributions or otherwise exempt for the contract to be accepted.

Fact Checked:8/1/19

Contract Amendment

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Changes to a filed contract should be made using the online system.

Fact Checked:2/26/20

Financial Reporting

Form:

None. Enter information online.

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

Immediately online.

Due:

CCVs must file a closing statement within 90 days of the termination of a contract with a charitable organization.

Fact Checked:10/9/19

Alabama Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Law:

Alabama Code § 13A-9-70(h)

Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Fundraiser or Commercial Co-Venturer Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:8/1/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

September 30 of each year.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:8/1/19

Contract Filing

Due:

File a copy of all contracts entered into with charitable organizations within 10 days after the beginning of the contract. File a closing statement form within 90 days after the close of charitable organization contracts.

Fact Checked:8/1/19

Individual Licenses

Alabama Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Alabama Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Solicitor Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$25

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

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Solicitor Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

September 30 of each year.

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

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