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
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 Commissioner of Insurance or protected by an insurance guaranty association.".

Legal Notes:

GA Code § 33-58-1 et seq.

Initial Registration

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
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.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Georgia Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Georgia Professional Licensing Boards and Securities Division
Legal Notes:

Georgia Code Ann. § 43-17-1 et seq.

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities with less than $25,000 in contributions during the preceding and current calendar years
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational organizations
  • Professional associations
  • Fraternal and social organizations
  • Appeals for individuals
  • Political groups
  • Local affiliates
Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Initial Registration

Form:

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

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$35

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • Carefully ensure you include all required attachments
  • 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.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Charitable Organization Renewal

Filing method:

Mail

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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • Carefully ensure you include all required attachments, including financial statements

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

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

Georgia Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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.

Initial Registration

Not required



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

Registration Renewal

Not required



Georgia Fundraising Counsel Registration

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.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration is not required for fundraising counsels in Georgia, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



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.

Initial Registration

Agency:Georgia Bureau of Investigation - Investigative Division
Form:

Application for New License

Agency fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Agency:Georgia Bureau of Investigation - Investigative Division
Form:

License Renewal

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by October 31.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Georgia Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Georgia Secretary of State
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

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 prior to the commencement of a contract. There is a $15 fee.

Initial Registration

Form:

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

Agency fee:

$250

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

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

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Georgia Raffle License

Not required



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

Individual Licenses

Georgia Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Georgia Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Georgia Secretary of State

Initial Registration

Form:

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

Agency fee:

$50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

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

Agency fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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