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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Alabama Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Alabama Charitable Gaming License

Not required



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

Disclosure Details:

The commission administrative code requires the use of diclosures for certain exempt transactions.

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.

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$60

Due:

Annually

Alabama Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Law:

Alabama Code § 13A-9-71 et seq.

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
  • Most educational organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Civic organizations
  • Appeals for individuals that raise $10,000 or less
Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

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

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.

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.

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.

Alabama Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Notes:

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

Contract Filing Requirements:

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.

Contract Filing Requirements:

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.

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Fundraiser or Commercial Co-Venturer Registration Statement

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

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

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by September 30.

Alabama Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Contract Filing Requirements:

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.

Contract Filing Requirements:

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.

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

September 30 of each year.

Alabama Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Contract Filing Requirements:

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.

Contract Filing Requirements:

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.

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.ago.state.al.us/Page-Consumer-Protection-Consumer-Fundraisers

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

September 30 of each year.

Individual Licenses

Alabama Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Alabama Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.ago.state.al.us/Page-Consumer-Protection-Consumer-Fundraisers

Agency fee:

$25

Due:

September 30 of each year.

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