California 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.

Make sure your fundraising activities meet the unique requirements of each jurisdiction where you’re soliciting. Feel free to explore, bookmark, and share!

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Company Licenses

California Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

California Bingo License

Not required



Bingo licenses are issued at the county and city level in California.

California Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:California Department of Insurance
Law:

CA Ins Code § 11520 et seq.

Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Audit Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$4,233

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Charities must authorize the creation of the annuity fund by board resolution. In addition, charities need a segregated reserve fund and must follow reserve fund regulations to qualify for issuance of charitable gift annuities.

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$136

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

In addition to annual statements, charities must submit quarterly statements with information on each annuity agreement.

California Charitable Solicitation Registration

Agency:California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts
Law:

California Government Code § 12585; California Code of Regulations, Title 11 § 300

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

If you believe you are exempt, make a request in writing to the California Attorney General's Office prior to soliciting. You will receive an exemption letter in return.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$25

Notes:
  • Your organization must register within 30 days of receiving assets (property, funds, etc) that are held in a trust.
  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • Any authorized or director may sign. Signature need not be notarized.
  • Some California counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0-$300 depending on gross annual revenue.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • Any authorized or director may sign. Signature need not be notarized.

Change of Fiscal Year

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

Varies

Notes:

File the renewal application for the new fiscal year along with a letter stating that the organization has changed their fiscal reporting period.

California Commercial Co-Venturer Annual Registration

Agency:California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts
Notes:

Registration is optional.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

California Commercial Fundraiser Registration

Agency:California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

California Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

California Raffle Registration

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$20

Registration Renewal

Agency:California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$20

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

California Registration Certificate

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Office of the Attorney General - Bureau of Gambling Control
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Registration allows charities to host one game night over the course of a year.

Initial Registration

Agency:California Office of the Attorney General - Bureau of Gambling Control
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Agency:California Office of the Attorney General - Bureau of Gambling Control
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Individual Licenses

California Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

California Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



Solicitors who are not employed by a professional fundraising firm but operate independently may be required to register. Employees of professional fundraising firms are generally not required to register as an individual solicitor in California.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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