Illinois 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

Illinois Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Illinois Bingo License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Prize Limits: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Limited bingo licenses allow an organization to host 2 bingo events over the course of a calendar year.

Initial Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200 for a regular bingo license or $50 for a limited license.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50 for a limited bingo license or $200 for a regular bingo license.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Organizations must also submit Form RB-32: Expenditure of Funds Earned Through Bingo when renewing.

Illinois Charitable Gaming Licenses

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$400

Registration Renewal

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$400

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Organizations must also submit Form RCG-25: Expenditure of Funds Earned Through Charitable Games when renewing.

Illinois Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Illinois exempts charities from insurance regulation related to charitable gift annuities if they meet the following conditions: "The insurance laws of this State, including this Code, do not apply to any charitable gift annuity, as defined in Section 501(m)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, issued by an organization that is described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, if either (i) an insurer authorized to transact business in this State is directly obligated to the annuitant or (ii) the organization has been in active operation for not less than 20 years before the date the annuity is issued and has an unrestricted fund balance of not less than $2,000,000 on the date the annuity is issued. For purposes of this Section, "Internal Revenue Code" refers to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and corresponding provisions of subsequent federal tax laws.".

Illinois Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau
Law:

760 Illinois Compiled Statutes § 55/1 et seq., Charitable Trust Act and Solicitation for Charity Act

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Fax a letter to the charitable trust bureau requesting exemption.

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

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

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$15

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Include all required attachments
  • President and CFO or another authorized officer must sign. They must be two individuals. Notarization of signatures is not needed.
  • Some Illinois counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$15

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Include all required attachments, including finanical audit if needed.

Change of Fiscal Year

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Send a letter indicating change of fiscal year and then draft AG990-IL (unsigned) and letter requesting extension.

Illinois Commercial Co-Venturer Campaign Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau
Notes:

Entities or individuals holding a property with a value greater than $4,000 for charitable purposes may be required to register.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$15

Financial Reporting

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$15

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Illinois Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100 + $25 for each contract

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100 + $25 for each contract

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting
Annual Financial Report

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$25

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting
Mid-Year Financial Report

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Illinois Professional Fundraising Consultant Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Illinois Pull Tabs and Jar Games License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Limited pull-tab licenses allow an organization to host 2 pull-tab events over the course of a calendar year.

Initial Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$500 for a regular license, $50 for a limited license, and $0 for a special license.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$500 for a regular license, $50 for a limited license, and $0 for a special license.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Illinois Raffle License

Not required



Raffle licenses are issued at the county or municipal level.

Individual Licenses

Illinois Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Illinois Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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