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:

Bingo, raffles, and pull-tabs.

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of existence in Colorado.

Prize Limits:

The maximum prize for progressive bingo or raffles is $15,000, and the maximum prize for progressive pull tabs is $5,000.

Law:

C.R.S. § 24-21-601 et seq.

Initial Registration

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State
Form:

Application for a Bingo-Raffle License

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State
Form:

Application for a Bingo-Raffle License (Renewal)

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

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

Automatic Exemption

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
  • Charities that do not receive contributions from more than 10 persons during a fiscal year
  • Religious organizations that are exempt from filing the IRS 990
  • Political organizations
  • Appeals for individuals
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:

Instructions for Registering as a Charitable Organization

Filing method:

Online

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:

Online

Agency fee:

$10

Due:

Renewal is due annually by the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of your organization's fiscal year, however, Colorado automatically grants a 3 month extension of this deadline.

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:

Online

Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround:

Immediately online

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:

$15,000 surety bond

Registration Renewal

Form:

https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/charities/charitableHome.html

Agency fee:

$175

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Contract Filing

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$75

Due:

File a solicitation notice at least 15 days prior to the start of the performance of the contract.

Financial Reporting

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Within 90 days after a campaign has ended and on the anniversary of commencement for campaigns lasting more than a year.

Colorado Professional Fundraising Consultant Registration

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$175

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$175

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Contract Filing

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$75

Due:

File a solicitation notice at least 15 days prior to the start of the performance of the contract.

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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