Louisiana 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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Louisiana Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Louisiana Charitable Gaming License

Game Type:

Bingo, raffles, and keno.

Agency:Louisiana Office of Charitable Gaming
Organization Age Requirement:

2 years of continuous existence in Louisiana.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Louisiana Office of Charitable Gaming
Form:

Form OCG2000: Application to Conduct Charitable Gaming

Agency Fee:

$75

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Louisiana Office of Charitable Gaming
Form:

Form OCG2000: Application to Conduct Charitable Gaming (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Louisiana Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



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

No filing is required. Louisiana exempts 501(c)(3) organizations from insurance regulations related to charitable gift annuities.

Law:

LA Rev. Stat. § 22:951(D)

Louisiana Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities
Law:

Louisiana Revised Statutes Ann. §§ 51:1901-1902; Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 16, Part III, §515

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:4/10/20

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:

Charities that do not use professional solicitors or fundraising counsels

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Charities that do not use professional fundraisers or fundraising counsels are automatically exempt from registration.

Fact Checked:8/28/19

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Religious Institutions that include ecclesiastical or denominational organizations, churches, or established physical places for worship in this state at which nonprofit religious services and activities are regularly conducted and carried on and shall also include those bona fide religious groups which do not maintain specific places of worship
  • Religious institutions that include such separate groups or corporations which from an integral part of those institutions which are exempt from federal income tax as exempt organizations under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or of a corresponding section of any subsequently enacted Federal Revenue Act, and which are not primarily supported by funds solicited outside its own membership or congregation
  • Religious institutions that include such institutions soliciting contributions for construction and maintenance of a house of worship or clergyman's residence
  • Educational institutions recognized and/or approved by the State Department of Education or the appropriate state educational board, of the appropriate accrediting agency
  • Any hospital organized under the laws of this state, or any voluntary health organization organized under the laws of this state and/or under federal laws
Form:

Charitable Exemption Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Law:

16 LAC Pt. III §515

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Notes:

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

Fact Checked:1/8/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Initial Charitable Registration Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Notarize:Required
Notes:
  • Include signatures as required in the URS form instructions
  • Some Louisiana counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • If filing the URS, appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in Louisiana.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • If filing the URS, appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in Louisiana.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
  • If you will foreign qualify in Louisiana, obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state to submit during the foreign qualification process. The certificate cannot be more than 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division.
  2. Submit an Initial Charitable Registration Form and all required attachments to the Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in Louisiana. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division.
  3. Submit an Initial Charitable Registration Form and all required attachments to the Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities.
Required Attachments:

  • Articles of incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS determination letter
  • List of officers and directors
  • Professional fundraising contracts
  • List of other states where registered to solicit
Fact Checked:4/14/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Charitable Registration Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the date of initial registration.

Notarize:Required
Required Attachments:

  • List of officers and directors
  • Professional fundraising contracts
Fact Checked:2/4/20

Cancellation

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

To close out your registration, send a signed letter indicating the organization is no longer required to maintain an active registration (does not use professional solicitors) in Louisiana.

Fact Checked:7/14/20

Louisiana Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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

Louisiana 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.

Louisiana Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



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

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

Louisiana License Exemption

Agency:Louisiana Office of Charitable Gaming
Notes:

See this page for examples of organizations eligible for exemption.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Louisiana Office of Charitable Gaming
Form:

Form OCG208: Application Exempt Status

Agency Fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

See this page for examples of organizations eligible for exemption.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Louisiana Office of Charitable Gaming
Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Louisiana Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities
Bond Requirements:

$25,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Solicitor Registration Form

Agency Fee:

$150

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/12/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Solicitor Registration Form (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the anniversary date of initial registration.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/12/19

Contract Filing

Form:

Notice of Commencement of Solicitation

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File a notice of commencement of solicitation at least 10 days prior to the start of the performance of the contract.

Fact Checked:8/1/19

Individual Licenses

Louisiana Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Louisiana Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



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

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 Louisiana.

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