Fundraising Counsel Registration & Licensing

The following table summarizes registration and licensing requirements for professional fundraising counsel across the United States.

Alabama

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Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division

Initial Application

Fee:

$100

Filing Method:

Online

License Renewal

Fee:

$100

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

September 30 of each year.

Alaska

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Not required

Alaska does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Arizona

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Not required

Arizona does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Arkansas

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Agency

Arkansas Secretary of State - Business and Commercial Services Division (BCS)

California

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Agency

California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts

License Renewal

Colorado

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Agency

Colorado Secretary of State

Initial Application

Fee:

$175

Filing Method:

Online

License Renewal

Fee:

$175

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Connecticut

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Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$120

Form:

Fundraising Counsel Registration Statement (Renewal)

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Delaware

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Not required

Delaware does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

District of Columbia

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Not required

District of Columbia does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Florida

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Consumer Services

Georgia

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Not required

Georgia does not currently have a registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events. Counsel information is generally reported on charity registrations instead.

Hawaii

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Agency

Hawaii Tax and Charities Division

Initial Application

Fee:

$250

Filing Method:

Online

License Renewal

Fee:

$250

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually by July 1.

Idaho

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Not required

Idaho does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Illinois

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Agency

Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau

Indiana

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Agency

Indiana Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$50

Form:

Professiona Fundraiser Consultant Application for Registration (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Due:

Annually by July 1.

Iowa

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Not required

Iowa does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Kansas

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Agency

Kansas Secretary of State

Initial Application

License Renewal

Kentucky

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Agency

Kentucky Attorney General - Charities

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$50

Form:

Fund-Raising Consultant Registration Statement (Renewal)

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Louisiana

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Not required

Louisiana does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Maine

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Not required

Maine does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Maryland

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Agency

Maryland Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division

License Renewal

Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Attorney General - Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$400

Form:

Form 10 (RTF): Registration Statement (Renewal)

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Michigan

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Michigan Attorney General - Charitable Trust Section

Initial Application

Fee:

$0

Form:

Form CTS-07: Application for License of Professional Fundraiser

Filing Method:

Email to ct_email@michigan.gov

License Renewal

Fee:

$0

Form:

Form CTS-07: Application for License of Professional Fundraiser (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Email to ct_email@michigan.gov

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Minnesota

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Minnesota Attorney General - Charities

Initial Application

Fee:

$200

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Registration Statement

Filing Method:

Mail or email to charity.registration@ag.state.mn.us.

License Renewal

Fee:

$200

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Registration Statement (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or email to charity.registration@ag.state.mn.us.

Due:

Annually by April 30.

Mississippi

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Mississippi Secretary of State

Initial Application

Fee:

$250

Filing Method:

Online

License Renewal

Fee:

$250

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Missouri

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Not required

Missouri does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Montana

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Not required

Montana does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Nebraska

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Not required

Nebraska does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Nevada

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Not required

Nevada does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

New Hampshire

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Agency

New Hampshire Department of Justice- Charitable Trusts Unit

License Renewal

New Jersey

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Agency

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Charities Registration Section

License Renewal

New Mexico

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Not required

New Mexico does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

New York

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Agency

New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau

North Carolina

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Agency

North Carolina Secretary of State - Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$200

Form:

Fund-Raising Consultant License Application (Renewal)

Due:

Annually by March 31.

North Dakota

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Agency

North Dakota Secretary of State

License Renewal

Ohio

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Agency

Ohio Attorney General

Initial Application

Fee:

$200

Filing Method:

Online

License Renewal

Fee:

$200

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually by March 31.

Oklahoma

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Agency

Oklahoma Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Section

License Renewal

Fee:

$215

Form:

Application for Registration as a Professional Fundraiser (Renewal)

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Oregon

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Not required

Oregon does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Pennsylvania

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Agency

Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

Rhode Island

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Agency

Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation

Initial Application

Fee:

$240

Form:

Fundraising Counsel Application

Filing Method:Flash drive, CD-ROM, or online.

License Renewal

Fee:

$240

Form:

Fundraising Counsel Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:Flash drive, CD-ROM, or online.

Due:

Annually by June 30.

South Carolina

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South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Public Charities

South Dakota

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Not required

South Dakota does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Tennessee

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Not required

Tennessee no longer requires fundraising counsels to register.

Texas

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Not required

Texas does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Utah

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Agency

Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Consumer Protection

License Renewal

Fee:

$250

Form:

Professional Fund Raising Counsel Permit Application Form (Renewal)

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Vermont

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Not required

Vermont does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Virginia

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Agency

Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP)

License Renewal

Fee:

$100

Form:

Form 103: Professional Fundraising Counsel Registration (Renewal)

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Washington

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Not required

Fundraising counsels are exempt from Washington's registration requirements.

West Virginia

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Agency

West Virginia Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division

Wisconsin

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Agency

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) - Corporation Section

License Renewal

Wyoming

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Not required

Wyoming does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

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