Louisiana 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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Company Licenses

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.

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

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

Louisiana Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



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

Louisiana Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities
Legal Notes:

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

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:

Charities that do not use professional solicitors

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

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

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals and voluntary health organizations
Form:

Charitable Exemption Form

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Notes:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Your submission packet should include:

  • URS multi-state registration
  • A copy of all contracts with professional solicitors
  • A copy of the most recent IRS 990
  • A copy of the IRS Determination Letter
  • A copy of the Bylaws
  • A copy of the Articles of Incorporation
  • List of other states in which your organization is registered
  • $25 state fee
Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$25

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • Make sure to include all required attachments
  • 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.

Registration Renewal

Form:

URS multi-state registration

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the date of initial registration.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • Make sure to include all required attachments, including IRS Form 990
  • Include signatures as required in the URS form instructions

Louisiana Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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.

Initial Registration

Not required



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

Registration Renewal

Not required



Louisiana Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



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.

Initial Registration

Not required



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

Registration Renewal

Not required



Louisiana License Exemption

Agency:Louisiana Office of Charitable Gaming
Notes:

See this page for examples of organizations eligible for exemption.

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.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Louisiana Office of Charitable Gaming
Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Louisiana Professional Fundraiser Registration

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

$25,000

Contract Filing Requirements:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

https://www.ag.state.la.us/Article.aspx/292?catId=0

Agency fee:

$150

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

https://www.ag.state.la.us/Article.aspx/292?catId=0

Agency fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by October 1.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Individual Licenses

Louisiana Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

Initial Registration

Not required



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

Registration Renewal

Not required



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