Illinois Fundraising Licensing

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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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Illinois Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Illinois Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence in Illinois.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Prize Limits:

The maximum prize for a single game of bingo is $500. Not more than $2,250 can be awarded in a single day of bingo.

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:

Form RB-3: Application for Bingo License

Agency fee:

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form:

Form RB-3: Application for Bingo License (Renewal)

Agency fee:

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

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

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

Illinois Charitable Gaming Licenses

Game Type:

Various games of chance

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Initial Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form:

Form RCG-1: Application for Charitable Games License

Agency fee:

$400

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form:

Form RCG-1: Application for Charitable Games License (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$400

Due:

Biennially

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
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
Legal Notes:

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

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:

Educational institutions that only solicit contributions from students, alumni, faculty, or trustees.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Fax a letter to the charitable trust bureau requesting exemption.

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:

Religious organizations

Form:

Form CO-3: Religious Exemption Form

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Notes:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Your submission packet should include:

  • Form CO-1: Registration Statement
  • List of all Officers, Directors and/or Trustees including names, mailing addresses, and day time phone numbers
  • IRS Determination Letter, IRS Form 1023 or 1024, or written explanation if not available
  • Copies of all contracts with Professional Fund Raisers, if applicable
  • Form CO-3: Religious Organization Exemption Form, if applicable
  • Articles of Incorporation and all amendments
  • Bylaws
  • Form CO-2 or Form AG990-IL depending on length of existence of the organization
Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$15

Due:

You must register prior to any solicitation or holding of charitable assets.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
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:

Form AG990-IL: Illinois Charitable Organization Supplement

Instructions:

Small nonprofits who raised <$15,000 in contributions during the calendar year do not need to file. In contrast, large nonprofits will need to submit audited finanical statements.

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$15. Late fee is $100.

Due:

Due annually 6 months after the close of your fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, then renewal is due June 30. 

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • Include all required attachments, including finanical audit if needed.

Change of Fiscal Year

Form:

Form AG990-IL: Illinois Charitable Organization Supplement

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

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

Illinois Commercial Co-Venturer 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:

Contact the attorney general for a form.

Agency fee:

$15

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contact the attorney general for a form.

Agency fee:

$15

Due:

Financial reports are due annually within 6 months after the organization's fiscal year end.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Illinois Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau

Initial Registration

Form:

Form PFC-01: Professional FundRaising Consultant Registration Statement

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form PFC-01: Professional FundRaising Consultant Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Biennially by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required

Illinois Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Financial Report Requirements:

File a mid-year report by September 31st and a year-end report by April 1st every year.

Contract Filing Requirements:

A list of contracts is also filed each year during renewal.

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/register_report.html

Agency fee:

$100 + $25 for each contract

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/register_report.html

Agency fee:

$100 + $25 for each contract

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Illinois Pull Tabs and Jar Games License

Game Type:

Pull-tabs

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

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:

Form PT-6: Application for Pull Tabs and Jar Games License

Agency fee:

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form:

Form PT-6: Application for Pull Tabs and Jar Games License (Renewal)

Agency fee:

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

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Illinois Raffle License

Not required



Raffle licenses are issued at the county or municipal level.

Individual Licenses

Illinois Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Illinois Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/register_report.html

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/register_report.html

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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