Maine 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.

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

Maine Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Maine Beano/Bingo Registration

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$15 if the organization wants to register for a single week, $60 if the organization wants to register for a single month, or $700 to register for the calendar year.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$15 if the organization wants to renew for a single week, $60 if the organization wants to renew for a single month, or $700 to renew for the calendar year.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Maine Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Maine exempts charities from following insurance regulations regarding charitable gift annuities if the following conditions are met: "A. The organization is a nonprofit organization that is either: (1) An organization to which the Maine Nonprofit Corporation Act applies; or (2) Organized under the laws of a jurisdiction within the United States and qualified as a foreign corporation pursuant to Title 13-B, chapter 12. B. The organization qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3) or a successor provision. C. The organization: (1) Has been operating continuously for 5 or more years; (2) Is a parent or subsidiary of a qualified organization; or (3) Is the successor to an organization that meets the requirements of paragraphs A and B and both organizations together have operated continuously for 5 or more years.".

Maine Charitable Organization License

Agency:Maine Office of Professional and Occupation Regulation
Law:

Maine Revised Statutes Ann., Title 9, Ch. 385, §§ 5001-5018

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$20

Notes:
  • Make sure to include all required attachments
  • Check the website for the status of your license. PENDING means it is under review. ACTIVE means your organization is authorized to solicit.
  • Some Maine counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$20

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Make sure to include all required attachments
  • Late applications filed December 1 - March 1 must include a $50 late fee. After March 1st, applicants must file a new initial application.

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Email Tammy Reed at tammy.reed@maine.gov to update fiscal year.

Maine Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Maine 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



Maine Cribbage Tournament Registration

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit

Initial Registration

Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$15 if the organization wants to register for a single week, $60 if the organization wants to register for a single month, or $700 to register for the calendar year.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit
Agency Fee:

$15 if the organization wants to register for a single week, $60 if the organization wants to register for a single month, or $700 to register for the calendar year.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Maine Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



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

Registration Not Required

Not required



Maine Games of Chance License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit
Notes:

Charities must also obtain approval from the relevant municipal body for this license.

Initial Registration

Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

Fees vary by type of games offered and duration of license. See the form for details.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit
Agency Fee:

Fees vary by type of games offered and duration of license. See the form for details.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Maine Games of Chance Registration

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit

Initial Registration

Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$15 if the organization wants to register for a single week, $60 if the organization wants to register for a single month, or $700 to register for the calendar year.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Maine Department of Public Safety - Gambling Control Unit
Agency Fee:

$15 if the organization wants to register for a single week, $60 if the organization wants to register for a single month, or $700 to register for the calendar year.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Maine Professional Solicitor License

Agency:Maine Office of Professional and Occupation Regulation
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$250

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$250

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Individual Licenses

Maine Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Maine 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 Maine.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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