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

License Renewal

Fee:

$100

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

September 30 of each year.

Alaska

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Not Required

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Alaska

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Arizona

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)

License Renewal

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Delaware

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in District of Columbia

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Georgia

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Idaho

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Iowa

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Louisiana

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Maine

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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Agency

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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Not Required

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Michigan

Michigan no longer requires fundraising counsels to register.

Minnesota

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Agency

Minnesota Attorney General - Charities

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$200

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Registration Statement (Renewal)

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Missouri

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Montana

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Nebraska

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Nevada

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in New Mexico

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

Initial Application

License Name:Professional Fundraiser RegistrationFee:

$100

Form:

Form SFN 11303: Professional Fundraiser Application

License Renewal

License Name:Professional Fundraiser Registration RenewalFee:

$100

Form:

Form SFN 11303: Professional Fundraiser Application (Renewal)

Due:

Annually by August 31.

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Oregon

Fundraising counsels are exempt from license requirements provided that the counsel does not have primary responsibility for the fundraising campaign’s production or management, does not have access to contributions or the ability to pay expenses from campaign proceeds, and does not directly engage in solicitations.

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in South Dakota

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Tennessee

Tennessee no longer requires fundraising counsels to register.

Texas

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Not Required

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Texas

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

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Vermont

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 Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Washington

Fundraising counsels are exempt from Washington's registration requirements.

West Virginia

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Agency

West Virginia Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division

Initial Application

License Renewal

Fee:

$100

Form:

Form CHF: Registration Statement of Fund-Raising Counsel (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Due:

Annually

Wisconsin

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Agency

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) - Corporation Section

License Renewal

Wyoming

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Not Required

Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Wyoming

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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