Iowa 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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Iowa Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Iowa 14-Day Qualified Organization License

Game Type:

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

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - 14-Day Qualified Organization

Agency Fee:

$15

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - 14-Day Qualified Organization (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$15

Due:

14 days after the effective date.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Iowa 180-Day Qualified Organization License

Game Type:

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

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - 180-Day Qualified Organization

Agency Fee:

$75

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - 180-Day Qualified Organization (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

180 days after the effective date.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Iowa 90-Day Qualified Organization License

Game Type:

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

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - 90-Day Qualified Organization

Agency Fee:

$40

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - 90-Day Qualified Organization (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$40

Due:

90 days after the effective date.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Iowa Bingo at a Fair or Festival License

Game Type:

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

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - Bingo at a Fair or Festival

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Iowa Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Iowa Insurance Division
Law:

IA Code Title 13 § 508F

Organization Age Requirement:

3 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement:

$300,000

Initial Registration

Notes:

Iowa 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, include an IRS letter of determination, and be signed by an officer or director.

Fact Checked:12/4/17

Registration Renewal

Not required



Iowa Charitable Solicitation Registration

Not required



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

More information: Iowa Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division

Iowa Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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

Iowa 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.

Iowa Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Iowa.

Iowa does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Iowa One-Year Qualified Organization License

Game Type:

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

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - One-Year Qualified Organization

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - One-Year Qualified Organization (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Iowa Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Iowa Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Registration Form

Agency Fee:

$10

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/for-businesses/professional-fundraisers-and-charity-information--registration/professional-fundraisers/

Agency Fee:

$10

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Contract Filing

Form:

Charitable Organization Disclosure Printable Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:8/14/20

Iowa Two-Year Qualified Organization License

Game Type:

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

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - Two-Year Qualified Organization

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals - Social and Charitable Gambling Unit
Form:

Charitable Gambling License Application - Two-Year Qualified Organization (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Individual Licenses

Iowa Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Iowa Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



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

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 Iowa.

Learn about fundraising in other states:

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