Connecticut 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

Connecticut Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Connecticut Bingo, Raffle, and Bazaar Permits

Not required



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

Disclosure Details:

Charities must disclose that "A qualified charitable gift annuity is not insurance under the laws of this state and is not subject to regulation by the Insurance Commissioner or protected by an insurance guaranty association.".

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.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Connecticut Charity Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Law:

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

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Religious organizations
  • Most educational institutions and PTAs
  • 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.

Initial Registration

Form:

URS or Initial Charitable Organization Registration Application

Filing method:

Mail or online

Agency fee:

$50

Notes:
  • Carefully ensure you include all required attachments.
  • Two authorized representatives must sign. Notarized signatures are not required.
  • The exemption may be submitted by e-mail.
  • Some Connecticut counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

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.

Notes:
  • Attach IRS Form 990

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.

Connecticut Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration is not required for commercial co-venturers in Connecticut, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Connecticut Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Bond Requirements:

$20,000

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.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Fundraising Counsel Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$120

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

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.

Initial Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Form:

Application for Permit to Sell Sealed Tickets (Organization)

Agency fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Form:

Application for Permit to Sell Sealed Tickets (Organization)

Agency fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

Connecticut Permit to Sell Sealed Tickets Monthly

Game Type:

Sealed ticket games

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Initial Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Form:

Application for Permit to Sell Sealed Tickets (Organization) Monthly

Agency fee:

$50

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.

Connecticut Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Bond Requirements:

$20,000

Financial Report Requirements:

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

Contract Filing Requirements:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?q=459952

Agency fee:

$500

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?q=459952

Agency fee:

$500

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Individual Licenses

Connecticut Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration is not required for individual solicitors in Connecticut, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



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