Maryland 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

Maryland Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Maryland Bingo and Raffle Licenses

Not required



There is no state level licensing for games of chance in Maryland, however, many Maryland counties license charitable organizations for games of bingo and raffles.

Maryland Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Maryland Insurance Administration
Law:

MD Ins. Code § 16-114

Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Audit Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Maryland requires charities to apply for a permit to receive exemption from state insurance laws. There is no form, but the charity should submit proof that it meets the requirements for exemption. To qualify organizations must have been in existence as a 501(c)(3) for at least 10 years and must maintain a separate fund reserve fund for annuity funds.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

There is no renewal form, but charities should submit the required statements and audit to renew their permit.

Maryland Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Maryland Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division
Law:

Maryland Ann. Code, Business Regulation Article, § 6-401 et seq

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

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

Maryland Ann. Code, Business Regulation Article, § 6-102 and Maryland Ann. Code, Business Regulation Article, § 6-413

Notes:

There is no registration requirement, but charities must submit a letter to the Secretary of State stating their claim of an exemption.

Registration to Obtain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Renewal to Maintain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

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

$0-300, depending on charitable contributions

Notes:
  • Make sure to include all required attachments
  • The nonprofit's president, chairman, or principal office must sign. The signature need not be notarized.
  • Upon approval, you will receive a Certificate of Solicitation.
  • Some Maryland 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:

$0-300, depending on charitable contributions

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Make sure to include all required attachments, including annual financial report

Change of Fiscal Year

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

Varies

Notes:

Fiscal year can be changed during the standard renewal process.

Maryland Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Maryland 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



Maryland Fund-Raising Counsel Registration

Agency:Maryland Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$250

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$250

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Maryland Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Maryland Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Maryland Public Safety Solicitor Registration

Agency:Maryland Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

This application must be submitted by a Public Safety Solicitor for each Public Safety Organization with which the Public Safety Solicitor contracts.

Individual Licenses

Maryland Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Maryland 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 Maryland.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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