Colorado 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

Colorado Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Colorado Bingo, Raffle, and Pull-Tab Licenses

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Colorado Secretary of State
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Prize Limits: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

C.R.S. § 24-21-601 et seq.

Initial Registration

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Colorado Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Charities that meet the following conditions are also exempt from insurance business regulation: "(a) Meets the definition and standards contained in section 501 (m)(5) of the federal "Internal Revenue Code of 1986", as amended; (b) Contains on its face the following statement: "This annuity is not issued by an insurance company nor regulated by the Colorado division of insurance and is not protected by any state guaranty fund or protective association." (c) Is issued or guaranteed by an organization that at all times during the three years preceding the date of the issuance of such annuity: (I) Was qualified to receive contributions described in section 170 (c) of the federal "Internal Revenue Code of 1986", as amended; and (II) If required as a condition of such qualification by provisions of the federal "Internal Revenue Code of 1986", as amended, was in receipt of notification from the federal internal revenue service that such organization was so qualified.".

Colorado Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State (Charities)
Law:

Colorado Revised Statutes § 6-16-104

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

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Exempt charities can file an optional exemption claim to have a public record of their exempt status created in the secretary of state's database.

Initial Registration

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

$10

Notes:
  • Any charitable organization that (1) solicits contributions in Colorado, (2) has contributions solicited in Colorado on its behalf, or (3) participates in a charitable sales promotion must register in Colorado.
  • Be prepared to disclose contracts with paid solicitors.
  • Any authorized officer must sign electronically.
  • After approval you will receive a registration number and a printable "certificate of registration".  You can view and print a Certificate of Registration from the summary screen of any registered group.
  • Some Colorado counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$10

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Also file your annual financial report
  • Any authorized officer must sign electronically.
  • After approval you will receive a registration number and a printable "certificate of registration"

Change of Fiscal Year

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Fiscal year can be changed online.

Colorado Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Colorado does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for commercial co-venturers, but there are disclosure requirements when more than 50% of a campaign's proceeds come from within the state.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Colorado Paid Solicitor Registration

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$175

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$175

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$75

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Colorado Professional Fundraising Consultant Registration

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State

Initial Registration

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$175

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$175

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$75

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Individual Licenses

Colorado Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Colorado 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 Colorado.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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