Kentucky 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.

Make sure your fundraising activities meet the unique requirements of each jurisdiction where you’re soliciting. Feel free to explore, bookmark, and share!

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Company Licenses

Kentucky Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Kentucky Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



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

No filing is required. Kentucky exempts most charities from insurance regulations related to charitable gift annuities.

Kentucky Charitable Organization License

Game Type:

Bingo, raffles, and pull-tabs.

Agency:Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet - Department of Charitable Gaming
Organization Age Requirement:

1 year of continuous existence in the county they intend to operate games in.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old. Minors accompanied by a parent or legal guardian are allowed to play bingo.

Law:

KY Stat. § 238.500 et seq.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet - Department of Charitable Gaming
Form:

Form CG-1: License Application for Charitable Organization

Agency Fee:

$25

Law:

KY Stat. § 238.500 et seq.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet - Department of Charitable Gaming
Form:

Form CG-1: License Application for Charitable Organization (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Kentucky Charitable Solicitation Registration

Agency:Kentucky Attorney General - Charities
Law:

Kentucky Revised Statutes Ann. §§ 367.650, 367.657 et seq.

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Solicitations by an organization of contributions from its members and their families only, if membership is not included in a solicitation, is not granted upon the basis of contributions alone, and is within the exception of KRS 367.650(3)
  • Solicitations by a religious organization for funds for religious purposes such as maintenance of a house of worship, conduct of services, and propagation of its faith and tenets as distinguished from other charitable and civic purposes employed by nonreligious organizations
  • Solicitations by a publicly-owned or nonprofit privately-endowed educational institution regulated by the Kentucky Board of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education, or an equivalent public authority of the jurisdiction where the institution is located, from the alumni, faculty members, student body of the institution and their families, and from corporations, for the continuance of an established educational program
  • Local solicitations by a student group or parent-teacher association for its campus or group connected activities with the approval of the administration of the educational institution
Law:

KRS § 367.660

Fact Checked:1/8/20

Initial Registration

Form:

There is no prescribed form. File by mail:

  • A copy of the most recent IRS 990 (or URS, if not available)
  • A copy of the IRS Determination Letter
  • A copy of the By-laws
  • A copy of the Articles of Incorporation
Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Charitable organizations must register with the Kentucky Attorney General prior to soliciting. 

Fact Checked:2/21/17

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

If the URS is filed, then registration expires annually on December 31, otherwise it is due annually by 4 months and 15 days after the organization's fiscal year end.

Notes:

Simply file your IRS Form 990 with the Kentucky Attorney General at the same time as you file it with the IRS. If your nonprofit does not file Form 990, either file IRS Form 8868 or the URS each year.

Fact Checked:2/21/17

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

File the new 990 showing a change in fiscal year.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Kentucky Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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

Kentucky 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.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Kentucky Fund-Raising Consultant Registration

Agency:Kentucky Attorney General - Charities
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Fund-Raising Consultant Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$50

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Fund-Raising Consultant Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Kentucky Organization Exemption

Game Type:

Bingo, raffles, and pull-tabs.

Agency:Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet - Department of Charitable Gaming
Notes:

Charities expecting to gross less than $25,000 from gaming activities can use this form to apply for exemption from licensure.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet - Department of Charitable Gaming
Form:

Form CG-Exempt: Form for Organization Grossing Under $25,000

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet - Department of Charitable Gaming
Form:

Form CG-EFR: Exempt Organization Annual Financial Report

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by January 31.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Kentucky Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Kentucky Attorney General - Charities
Bond Requirements:

$25,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Solicitor Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$300

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Solicitor Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Contract Filing

Form:

Professional Solicitor Form 5: Promotion Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File a promotion registration statement at least 14 days prior to the start of the performance of the contract.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:8/1/19

Financial Reporting

Form:

Professional Solicitor Form 6: Professional Solicitor Campaign Financial Report

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

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

Fact Checked:8/5/19

Individual Licenses

Kentucky Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Kentucky Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



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

The criminal history check section of the professional solicitor application applies to individual solicitors, however, no license is issued for individual employees.

More information: Kentucky Attorney General - Charities

Registration Not Required

Not required



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