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:

10 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Audit Requirements:

Audited financial statements are required with the annual permit renewal.

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:

Annually within 90 days of the charity's fiscal year end.

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, §§ 6-101 to 6-205, 6-401 et seq.

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
    Organizations that do not use a professional solicitor and are one of the following:
  • Religious organization
  • School affiliated with religious organizations
  • Membership organization
  • Charity that only receive funding from for-profit corporations and private foundations
  • Volunteer firefighter or rescue organization
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:

Charities that received less than $25,000 in contributions during their most recent fiscal year

Form:

Exempt Organization Fundraising Notice

Agency fee:

$0

Renewal to Maintain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:

Charities that received less than $25,000 in contributions during their most recent fiscal year

Form:

Exempt Organization Fundraising Notice (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Annually within 8 months after fiscal year end.

Initial Registration

Form:

URS or Form COR-92: Charity Registration

Filing method:

Mail

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:

Maryland Annual Update of Registration. The URS is not accepted.

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$0-300, depending on charitable contributions

Due:

Due annually 6 months after the close of your organization's fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, then renewal is due June 30.

Notes:
  • Make sure to include all required attachments, including annual financial report

Change of Fiscal Year

Form:

Maryland Annual Update of Registration

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

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application to Register as a Fund-Raising Counsel (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$250

Due:

Annually

Contract Filing

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

A Fund-Raising Counsel is required to submit a copy of each fund-raising agreement by the tenth day after the agreement is made or the start of the charitable solicitation, whichever is earlier.

Maryland Professional Solicitor Registration

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

$25,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Application to Register as a Professional Solicitor, Fund-Raising Counsel, or Public Safety Solicitor

Agency fee:

$350

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Contract Filing

Form:

Fund-Raising Notice for Professional Solicitors

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

File a fundraising notice prior to starting a public solicitation campaign.

Financial Reporting

Form:

Accounting Report for Professional Solicitors

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

A final accounting report is required within three months after the end of each fund-raising campaign and must account for all funds received and disbursed during the entire fund-raising campaign.

Maryland Public Safety Solicitor Registration

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

$25,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Application to Register as a Professional Solicitor, Fund-Raising Counsel, or Public Safety Solicitor

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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