Georgia 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

Georgia Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Georgia Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
Law:

GA Code § 33-58-1 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:

Georgia 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



Georgia Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Georgia Professional Licensing Boards and Securities Division
Law:

Georgia Code Ann. § 43-17-5 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:
  • Any charitable organization which does not have any agreement with a paid solicitor and whose total revenue from contributions has been less than $25,000 for both the immediately preceding and current calendar years
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions and those organizations, foundations, associations, corporations, charities, and agencies operated, supervised, or controlled by or in connection with a nonprofit educational institution, provided that those entities qualify for exemption under IRC 501(c)
  • Business, professional, and trade associations and federations which do not solicit members or funds from the general public
  • Fraternal, civic, benevolent, patriotic, and social organizations, when solicitation of contributions is carried on by persons without any form of compensation and which solicitation is confined to their membership
  • Appeals for individuals provided that 100% of proceeds are turned over to the named beneficiary and that if the contributions collected exceed $5,000, the person requesting contributions shall file a written accounting of funds with the Secretary of State
  • Any local or state-wide organization of hunters, fishermen, and target shooters which has been recognized as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) or Section 501(c)(4) of the IRC
  • Any volunteer fire department or rescue service operating in conjunction with a city or county government in this state and which has received less than $25,000 in both the immediately preceding and current calendar years
  • Political parties, candidates for federal or state office, and political action committees required to file financial information with federal or state elections commissions
  • Local community and state-wide organizations affiliated with or acting on behalf of a registered or exempt state-wide or national parent organization by contract or agreement
Fact Checked:1/8/20

Initial Registration

Form:

URS with Control Persons form (page 5 of state form) or Form C-100: Charitable Organization Registration

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$35

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Notes:
  • Notarized signature of an authorized executive officer is required.
  • Some Georgia 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 Georgia, 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 formation documents with the Georgia Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Submit a completed Charitable Organization Registration form and all required attachments to the Georgia Professional Licensing Boards and Securities Division.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in Georgia. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the Georgia Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  3. Submit a completed Charitable Organization Registration form and all required attachments to the Georgia Professional Licensing Boards and Securities Division.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • Either audited financials, reviewed financials, or a financial statement depending on contributions received during the previous fiscal year (If no funds have been received or collected, attach a signed statement to that effect).
  • IRS determination letter
  • List of officers and directors
Fact Checked:4/14/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Charitable Organization Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Your license must be renewed bienially by the registration date. If you registered on January 15, 2016, your registration is due by January 15, 2018.

Due Date Extension:

Due dates can be extended by submitting the renewal form, renewal fee, and a letter that specifies the reason the financial statements cannot be filed and a date when such financial statements will be completed and filed.

Notes:
  • Carefully ensure you include all required attachments, including financial statements
Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • Audited financials (if applicable)
  • Citizenship affidavit
Fact Checked:2/4/20

Contract Filing

Filing Method:

Contracts can be emailed to charities@sos.ga.gov.

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days.

Due:

Charities that contract with a commercial co-venturer for a charitable sales promotion should submit a copy of the contract within 30 days of the contract being signed.

How to Apply:

The charity must be registered to solicit charitable contributions or otherwise exempt for the contract to be accepted.

Fact Checked:10/9/19

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Georgia does not track organization's fiscal years, but attach a cover letter to the renewal explaining the change.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Cancellation

Form:

Charitable Organization Withdrawal Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

To close out your registration, submit the withdrawal of charitable organization form.

Fact Checked:7/14/20

Georgia Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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

Georgia 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.

More information: Georgia Secretary of State

Contract Filing

Form:

Contract

Filing Method:

Contracts can be emailed to charities@sos.ga.gov.

Agency Fee:

$0

Before you Apply:

Charities that contract with a commercial co-venturer for a charitable sales promotion should submit a copy of the contract within 30 days of the contract being signed.

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

Georgia Fundraising Counsel Registration

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.

Georgia License to Operate Non-Profit Bingo Games

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Georgia Bureau of Investigation - Investigative Division
Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Prize Limits:

The maximum bingo prize is $1,500 for a given calendar day and $3,000 for a given calendar week.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Georgia Bureau of Investigation - Investigative Division
Form:

Application for New License

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Georgia Bureau of Investigation - Investigative Division
Form:

License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by October 31.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Georgia Paid Solicitor Registration

Agency:Georgia Secretary of State
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Form S-100: Paid Solicitor Registration

Agency Fee:

$250

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form S-100: Paid Solicitor Registration (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:12/15/16

Contract Filing

Form:

Form S-200: Solicitation Notice

Agency Fee:

$15

Due:

File a solicitation notice prior to the commencement of a contract.

Fact Checked:8/1/19

Financial Reporting

Form:

Form S-300: Financial Report of Campaign

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

Georgia Raffle License

Not required



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

Raffle licenses are issued by county sheriff offices. There is not state level raffle license.

Individual Licenses

Georgia Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Georgia Solicitor Agent Registration

Agency:Georgia Secretary of State

Initial Registration

Form:

Form SA-1: Paid Solicitor Agent Registration

Agency Fee:

$50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/securities/charitable_organization_and_paid_solicitor_forms

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:12/15/16

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