Indiana 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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Indiana Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Indiana Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence in Indiana.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-AB: Annual Bingo License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-AB (R): Annual Bingo Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees are based on adjusted gross income from gaming events. The minimum fee is $50, maxiumum fee is $26,000.

Due:

Annually by the 10th day of the month before the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Indiana Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



Charitable Gift Annuity licensure is not required on the State level in Indiana.

No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Indiana exempts charities from insurance regulation related to charitable gift annuities if they meet the following conditions: "(1) is established under a tranaction that, for federal income tax purposes, is treated: (A) in part as a charitable contribution under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code; and (B) in part as an investment in an annuity contract under Section 72 of the Internal Revenue Code; and (2) meets the requirements for exclusion from the definition of "acquisition indebtedness" under Section 514(c)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code.".

Law:

IC § 27-1-12.4 et seq.

Indiana Charitable Solicitation Registration

Not required



Charitable Solicitation Registration licensure is not required on the State level in Indiana.

More information: Indiana Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division

Indiana Charity Game Night License

Game Type:

Various games of chance

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence in Indiana.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-ACGN: Annual Charity Game Night License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-CGN: Charity Game Night License Application (Single Event)

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-ACGN (R): Annual Charity Game Night Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees are based on adjusted gross income from gaming events. The minimum fee is $50, maxiumum fee is $26,000.

Due:

Annually by the 10th day of the month before the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Indiana Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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

Indiana 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.

Indiana Door Prize License

Game Type:

Door prizes

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence in Indiana.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-ADP: Annual Door Prize License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-DP: Door Prize License Application (Single Event)

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-ADP (R): Annual Door Prize Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees are based on adjusted gross income from gaming events. The minimum fee is $50, maxiumum fee is $26,000.

Due:

Annually by the 10th day of the month before the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Indiana Guessing Game License

Game Type:

Guessing games

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence in Indiana.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-AGG: Annual Guessing Game Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-GG: Guessing Game License Application (Single Event)

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-AGG (R): Annual Guessing Game Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees are based on adjusted gross income from gaming events. The minimum fee is $50, maxiumum fee is $26,000.

Due:

Annually by the 10th day of the month before the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Indiana Organization Qualification

Game Type:

Bingo, raffles, pull tab games, and a variety of other games of chance.

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Notes:

Licensing is a two step process in Indiana. Organizations must first apply to qualify as an organization, then qualifying organizations can apply for gaming licenses.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-QA: Qualification Application

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:1/10/18

"Professional fundraiser consultant" means any person who is hired for a fee to plan, manage, advise, or act as a consultant in connection with soliciting contributions for, or on behalf of, a charitable organization, but who does not actually solicit contributions as a part of the person's services or employ, procure, or engage a compensated person to solicit contributions. The term does not include a charitable organization or a bona fide officer, employee, member, or volunteer of a charitable organization that solicits on its own behalf.

Indiana Professional Fundraiser Consultant Registration

Agency:Indiana Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division
Notes:
  • At the beginning of each solicitation call, a professional fundraiser consultant and a professional solicitor must state all of the following:
    (1) The name of the company for whom the professional fund-raiser consultant or professional solicitor is calling.
    (2) The name of the professional fundraiser consultant or professional solicitor.
    (3) The phone number and address of the location from which the professional fundraiser consultant or professional solicitor is making the telephone call.
    (4) The percentage of the charitable contribution that will be expended for charitable purposes after administrative costs and the costs of making the solicitation have been satisfied.
  • Every professional fundraiser consultant and professional solicitor required to register under this chapter shall keep accurate fiscal records regarding its activities in Indiana. A professional fundraiser consultant or professional solicitor shall retain the records for at least three (3) years after the end of the period of registration to which they relate.
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Professiona Fundraiser Consultant Application for Registration

Instructions:

Mail to: 
Office of the Indiana Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
Attn: Fundraiser Registration
5th Floor - Indiana Government Center South
302 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2770

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:
  • Report the following:
    • (The names and addresses of all officers, employees, and agents who are actively involved in fundraising or related activities.
    • The names and addresses of all persons who own a ten percent (10%) or more interest in the registrant.
    • A description of any other business related to fundraising conducted by the registrant or any person who owns ten percent (10%) or more interest.
    • The name or names under which it intends to solicit contributions.
    • Whether the organization has ever had its registration denied, suspended, revoked, or enjoined by any court or other governmental authority.
    • Names and addresses of all officers, employees, and agents who are actively involved in fundraising or related activities
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professiona Fundraiser Consultant Application for Registration (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by July 1.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Contract Filing

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Consultant Disclosure Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File a disclosure form prior to the start of a campaign.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:8/1/19

Indiana Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Indiana Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division
Fact Checked:8/7/19

Initial Registration

"Professional fundraiser consultant" means any person who is hired for a fee to plan, manage, advise, or act as a consultant in connection with soliciting contributions for, or on behalf of, a charitable organization, but who does not actually solicit contributions as a part of the person's services or employ, procure, or engage a compensated person to solicit contributions. The term does not include a charitable organization, or a bona fide officer, employee, member, or volunteer of a charitable organization, that solicits on its own behalf.


"Professional solicitor" means a person who, for a financial consideration, solicits contributions for, or on behalf of, a charitable organization, either personally or through agents or employees specifically employed for that purpose. The term does not include a charitable organization, or an officer, an employee, a member, or a volunteer of a charitable organization, that solicits on its own behalf.

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Consultant or Solicitor Application for Registration

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:
  • Names, aliases, or assumed names, under which your organization intends to solicit contributions (your d/b/a, if any)
  • Names and addresses of all persons including individuals, organizations, trust foundations, associations, partnerships, limited liability companies, or corporations) who own a 10% or greater interest in the registrant
  • Names, phone numbers, and addresses of all officers, employees, and agents who are actively involved in fundraising or related activities
  • Report whether the organization has ever had its registration denied, suspended, revoked, or enjoined by any court or other governmental authority.
  • Provide a description of any other business related to fundraising conducted by the registrant or any person who owns ten percent (10%) or more interest. 
Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2379.htm

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by July 1.

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Contract Filing

Form:

Professional Solicitor Notice Filing

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File a solicitation notice prior to the start of a solicitation campaign.

Notarize:Required
Notes:

Before acting as a professional fundraiser consultant for a particular charitable organization, the consultant must enter into a written contract with the organization and file this contract with the division. The contract must identify the services that the professional fundraiser consultant is to provide, including whether the professional fundraiser consultant will at any time have custody of contributions.

 Before a professional solicitor engages in a solicitation, the professional solicitor must have a contract which is filed with the division. This contract must specify:

  • The percentage of gross contributions which the charitable organization will receive or the terms upon which a determination can be made as to the amount of the gross revenue from the solicitation campaign that the charitable organization will receive.
  • The amount of gross revenue from the solicitation campaign that the charitable organization will receive must be expressed as a fixed percentage of the gross revenue or expressed as a reasonable estimate of the percentage of the gross revenue.
    • If a reasonable estimate is used, the contract must clearly disclose the assumptions or a formula upon which the estimate is based. If a fixed percentage is used, the percentage must exclude any amount that the charitable organization is to pay as expenses of the solicitation campaign, including the cost of the merchandise or services sold.
  • If requested by the charitable organization, the person who solicits must at the conclusion of a charitable appeal provide to the charitable organization a final accounting of all expenditures The final accounting may not be used in violation of any trade secret laws.
  • The contract must disclose the average percentage of gross contributions collected on behalf of charitable organizations that the charitable organizations received from the professional solicitor for the three (3) years preceding the year in which the contract is formed.
  • The contract also must specify that, at least every ninety (90) days, the professional solicitor shall provide the charitable organization with access to and use of information concerning contributors, including the name, address, and telephone number of each contributor and the date and amount of each contribution.
  • A professional solicitor may not restrict a charitable organization's use of contributor information.
  • Before beginning a solicitation campaign, a professional solicitor must file a solicitation notice with the division. The notice must include the following:
    (1) A copy of the contract described in subsection (d).
    (2) The projected dates when soliciting will begin and end.
    (3) The location and telephone number from where solicitation will be conducted.
    (4) The name and residence address of each person responsible for directing and supervising the conduct of the campaign. However, the division shall not divulge the residence address unless ordered to do so by a court of competent jurisdiction, or in furtherance of the prosecution of a violation under this chapter.
    (5) If the solicitation is one described under section 7(a)(2) of this chapter, the solicitation notice must include a copy of the required written authorization. 
Fact Checked:8/1/19

Financial Reporting

Form:

Professional Solicitor Campaign Financial Report

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 90 days after a campaign has ended and within 90 days after the anniversary of commencement for campaigns lasting more than a year.

Notarize:Required
Notes:

At least every ninety (90) days, a professional solicitor shall provide each charitable organization on whose behalf the professional solicitor is acting with access to and use of information concerning contributors, including the name, address, and telephone number of each contributor and the date and amount of each contribution. A professional solicitor may not restrict a charitable organization's use of information provided under this subsection. 

Not later than ninety (90) days after a solicitation campaign has ended and not later than ninety (90) days after the anniversary of the commencement of a solicitation campaign lasting more than one (1) year, a professional solicitor shall submit the following information concerning the campaign to the division:

  • The total gross amount of money raised by the professional solicitor and the charitable organization from donors.
  • The total amount of money paid to or retained by the professional solicitor
  • The total amount of money, not including the amount identified under subdivision paid by the charitable organization as expenses as part of the solicitation campaign.
  • The total amount of money paid to or retained by the charitable organization after the amounts identified under subdivision (2) and (3) are deducted.

The division may deny or revoke the registration of a professional solicitor who fails to comply.

The charitable organization on whose behalf the professional solicitor is acting must certify that the information filed under subsections (e) and (f) is true and complete to the best of its knowledge.
(h) At the beginning of each solicitation call, a professional fundraiser consultant and a professional solicitor must state all of the following:

  • The name of the company for whom the professional fund-raiser consultant or professional solicitor is calling.
  • The name of the professional fundraiser consultant or professional solicitor.
  • The phone number and address of the location from which the professional fundraiser consultant or professional solicitor is making the telephone call.
  • The percentage of the charitable contribution that will be expended for charitable purposes after administrative costs and the costs of making the solicitation have been satisfied.

 

Fact Checked:8/5/19

Indiana Pull Tab License

Game Type:

Pull-tabs

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence in Indiana.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-APT: Annual Pull Tab License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-APT (R): Annual Pull Tab Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees are based on adjusted gross income from gaming events. The minimum fee is $50, maxiumum fee is $26,000.

Due:

Annually by the 10th day of the month before the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Indiana Raffle License

Game Type:

Raffles

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence in Indiana.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-AR: Annual Raffle License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-RAF: Raffle License Application (Single Event)

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-AR (R): Annual Raffle Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees are based on adjusted gross income from gaming events. The minimum fee is $50, maxiumum fee is $26,000.

Due:

Annually by the 10th day of the month before the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Indiana Special Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence in Indiana.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-SB: Special Bingo License Application (Single Event)

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Indiana Water Race License

Game Type:

Water races

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence in Indiana.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-AWR: Annual Water Race Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-WR: Water Race License Application (Single Event)

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Indiana Gaming Commission
Form:

Form CG-AWR (R): Annual Water Race Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

Renewal fees are based on adjusted gross income from gaming events. The minimum fee is $50, maxiumum fee is $26,000.

Due:

Annually by the 10th day of the month before the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Individual Licenses

Indiana Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Indiana Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



Professional Solicitor licensure is not required on the State level in Indiana.

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 Indiana.

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