Iowa 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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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

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Iowa Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Iowa Insurance Division
Organization Age Requirement:

3 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement:

$300,000

Disclosure Details:

Charities must include a disclosure mentioning "that a qualified charitable gift annuity is not insurance under the laws of this state and is not subject to regulation by the commissioner or protected by an insurance guaranty fund or an insurance guaranty association.".

Legal Notes:

IA Code Title 13 § 508F

Initial Registration

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
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.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Iowa Charitable Solicitation Registration

Not required



More information: Iowa Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division

Iowa Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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.

Initial Registration

Not required



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

Registration Renewal

Not required



Iowa Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



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.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration is not required for fundraising counsels in Iowa, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



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

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Iowa Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Iowa Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division

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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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.

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Individual Licenses

Iowa Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Iowa 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 Iowa.

Initial Registration

Not required



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

Registration Renewal

Not required



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