Connecticut Fundraising Licensing

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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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Connecticut Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Connecticut Bingo, Raffle, and Bazaar Permits

Not required



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

Bingo, bazaar, and raffle permits are now issued only at the municipal level.

Connecticut Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Connecticut Insurance Department
Law:

CT Stat. § 38a-1030 et seq.

Organization Age Requirement:

3 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement:

$300,000

Initial Registration

Notes:

Connecticut charities must provide notice on the day they first enter into a charitable gift annuity agreement. Notices must identify the organization, certify that the organization is a charity and that the annuities issued are qualified charitable gift annuities, and be signed by an officer or director.

Fact Checked:12/4/17

Registration Renewal

Not required



Connecticut Charity Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Law:

Connecticut General Statutes § 21a-190a et seq.

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:4/10/20

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions using curricula that are registered or approved by any state or the United States or that have been accepted by an accrediting body
  • Parent-teacher associations
  • Nonprofit hospitals
  • Government organizations
  • Charities that receive $50,000 or less in contributions annually and do not use paid solicitors
  • Persons who solicit for exempt organizations
Form:

Claim of Exemption from Registration

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

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

Fact Checked:1/16/20

Initial Registration

Form:

URS or Initial Charitable Organization Registration Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$50

Turnaround:

2-3 weeks

Notes:
  • Two authorized representatives must sign. Notarized signatures are not required.
  • Some Connecticut counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • If your charity meets the audit threshold, obtain an audited financial report to submit with your registration application.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • If your charity meets the audit threshold, obtain an audited financial report to submit with your registration application.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
  • If you will foreign qualify in Connecticut, obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state to submit during the foreign qualification process. The certificate cannot be more than 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  2. Submit a Charitable Organization Registration Application and all required attachments to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in Connecticut. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  3. Submit a Charitable Organization Registration Application and all required attachments to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • Audited financials (if applicable)
  • Either IRS determination letter or IRS form 1023
Fact Checked:4/14/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Charitable Organization Renewal Notice.

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Renewal is due annually eleven (11) months after the organization’s fiscal year ends. For example, organizations with December fiscal year-ends are due by November 30.

Due Date Extension:

No extensions are available for charitable registration due dates.

Penalties:

There is a late fee of $25 for each month that passes after the due date. Registrations lapse 65 days after the due date and must then be reinstated.

Notes:
  • Attach IRS Form 990
Required Attachments:

  • Audited financials (if applicable)
Fact Checked:2/4/20

Contract Filing

Filing Method:

Email to dcp.publiccharities@ct.gov

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days

Due:

Every charitable organization which agrees to permit a charitable sales promotion to be conducted in its behalf, shall obtain a written agreement from the commercial coventurer and submit a copy of such agreement to the Department of Consumer Protection not less than ten days prior to the commencement of the charitable sales promotion within this state.

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

Change of Fiscal Year

Notes:

Fiscal year can be changed during the standard renewal process. Submit the last 990 prior to change and include the short year 990 as well.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Cancellation

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Closing a charity registration is optional in Connecticut. The state will accept a letter stating intent to withdraw, but charities can also simply allow their registration to expire.

Fact Checked:7/14/20

Connecticut Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Commercial Co-venturer licensure is not required on the State level in Connecticut.

Connecticut does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for commercial co-venturers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Contract Filing

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Every charitable organization which agrees to permit a charitable sales promotion to be conducted in its behalf, shall obtain a written agreement from the commercial coventurer and submit a copy of such agreement to the Department of Consumer Protection not less than ten days prior to the commencement of the charitable sales promotion within this state.

Fact Checked:5/29/20

Contract Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

An amendment filing should be made before the expiration date of a campaign in order to extend the campaign.

Notes:

To report an extension of a campaign or another change to a campaign agreement, submit a cover letter describing the change and include a copy of the amended agreement.

Fact Checked:8/12/20

Connecticut Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Law:

CT Stat § 21a-190e

Bond Requirements:

$20,000

Fact Checked:7/5/18

Automatic Exemption

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Fundraising counsels that do not collect or have custody of charitable contributions may be exempt from the registration requirement.

Fact Checked:8/21/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Fundraising Counsel Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$120

Notes:

Registration is only required of fundraising counsels that have custody or control of contributions.

Fact Checked:7/5/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Fundraising Counsel Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$120

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Fact Checked:7/5/18

Contract Filing

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Each contract between a charitable organization and a fund-raising counsel shall be in writing and must be filed by the fund-raising counsel with the department at least 15 days prior to the performance by the fund-raising counsel of any material services pursuant to such contract.

Fact Checked:9/11/20

Connecticut Paid Solicitor Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Bond Requirements:

$20,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Paid Solicitor Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$500

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Contract Filing

Form:

Solicitation Notice

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File a solicitation notice at least 20 days prior to the start of the performance of the contract.

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

Financial Reporting

Form:

Campaign Report

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.

Fact Checked:8/5/19

Connecticut Permit to Sell Sealed Tickets

Game Type:

Sealed ticket games

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Notes:

Individual volunteers may also need to apply for a permit before aiding a charity with sealed ticket game activities.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Form:

Application for Permit to Sell Sealed Tickets (Organization)

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Form:

Application for Permit to Sell Sealed Tickets (Organization)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Connecticut Permit to Sell Sealed Tickets Monthly

Game Type:

Sealed ticket games

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Form:

Application for Permit to Sell Sealed Tickets (Organization) Monthly

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Form:

Application for Permit to Sell Sealed Tickets (Organization) Monthly

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Permits expire at the end of the monthly permit period.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Individual Licenses

Connecticut Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Connecticut Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



Professional Solicitor licensure is not required on the State level in Connecticut.

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 Connecticut.

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