Hawaii 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

Hawaii Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Hawaii Charitable Gaming License

Not required



Hawaii statutes do not currently provide for any charitable gaming activites.

Hawaii Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Insurance Division
Organization Age Requirement:

10 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement:

$200,000

Disclosure Details:

Charities issuing charitable gift annuities must disclose that: "The agreement is not insurance under the laws of the State, is not subject to regulation by the insurance division, and is not protected by any state guaranty fund.".

Legal Notes:

HI Stat. § 431:1-204

Initial Registration

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Hawaii requires charities to apply for a permit to receive exemption from state insurance laws. There is no form, but the charity should submit proof that it meets the requirements for exemption as well as sample annuity agreements. To qualify organizations must be registered with the attorney general and maintain a separated reserve account for annuity funds.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Charities must continue filing renewals with the attorney general, but no separate renewal filings are required for exemption permits.

Hawaii Charity Registration

Agency:Hawaii Tax and Charities Division
Legal Notes:

Hawaii Revised Statutes § 467B-A et seq.

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charitable organizations that normally receive less than $25,000 in contributions annually and do not compensate any professional solicitor or professional fundraising counsel
  • Religious organizations
  • PTAs
  • Educational institutions
  • Nonprofit hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Membership organizations
  • Congressionally chartered organizations that submit financial reports to the Secretary of Defense
Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Exemptions do not expire as long as the organization continues to qualify under the exemption criteria.

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • Two authorized directors of officers must sign online by obtaining their own login IDs.
  • Some Hawaii counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online. Upload your IRS Form 990 electronically or as a pdf and pay the filing fee.

Agency fee:

$10-750, depending on annual gross revenue

Due:

Due annually by the same day as your IRS Form 990; that is, 4.5 months after the close of your fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, then your renewal is due May 15.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Change of Fiscal Year

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Email ATG.Charities@hawaii.gov to update fiscal year. You will then need to file the short year in the efile990.org system.

Hawaii Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Hawaii does not have a traditional registration requirement for commercial co-venturers, but they may need to file a written consent form at least 10 days before a fundraising event.

More information: Hawaii Tax and Charities Division

Initial Registration

Not required



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

Registration Renewal

Not required



Hawaii Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Hawaii Tax and Charities Division
Contract Filing Requirements:

File a notice of entry into contract at least 10 days prior to the start of the performance of the contract.

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$250

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by July 1.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Hawaii Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Hawaii Tax and Charities Division
Bond Requirements:

$25,000

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 notice of entry into contract at least 10 days prior to the start of the performance of the contract.

Initial Registration

Form:

https://ag.ehawaii.gov/fundraiser/#/

Agency fee:

$250

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

https://ag.ehawaii.gov/fundraiser/#/

Agency fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by July 1.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Individual Licenses

Hawaii Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Hawaii 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 Hawaii.

Initial Registration

Not required



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

Registration Renewal

Not required



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