Massachusetts 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

Massachusetts Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Massachusetts Bingo License (Single Event)

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Massachusetts State Lottery Commission

Initial Registration

Agency:Massachusetts State Lottery Commission
Agency Fee:

$50

Notes:

Forms are issued by the commission upon request. Charities can only hold one single event bingo license per year.

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Single day licenses are only good for a single bingo session and cannot be renewed.

More information: Massachusetts State Lottery Commission

Massachusetts Bingo License (Weekly)

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Massachusetts State Lottery Commission

Initial Registration

Agency:Massachusetts State Lottery Commission
Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

Forms are issued by the commission upon request. Weekly licenses allow charities to hold a bingo event once a week for a year.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Massachusetts State Lottery Commission
Agency Fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Massachusetts Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

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



No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Massachusetts statutes exempt educational, charitable, benevolent, and religious organizations from life insurance company regulation related to charitable gift annuities.

Massachusetts Charity Registration

Agency:Massachusetts Attorney General - Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division
Law:

Massachusetts General Laws Ch 12, §8e and 8f; Ch 68 §18 through 35

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

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

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

Initial registration fee of $100 plus:

  • $50 Schedule A-2 fee for organizations registering before their initial fiscal year end date, or
  • $35-$2,000 (depending on gross support and revenue) for organizations registering in subsequent fiscal years
Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • As of September 2014, the Short Form PC is no longer being accepted as a registration document.
  • Note the list of attachments that first-time registrants must attach to the application. This includes disclosing contracts with professional fundraisers.
  • The President and another officer or trustee must sign. Signatures need not be notarized.
  • Some Massachusetts 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:

$35-$2,000, depending on gross support and revenue.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Attach a copy of your IRS Form 990
  • Charities raising $200K+ must submit a financial statement

Change of Fiscal Year

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Send a cover letter explaining the change in fiscal year along with the Form PC and a copy of the amended Articles of Incorporation.

Massachusetts Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Agency:Massachusetts Attorney General - Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

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
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Annual financial reports need to be filed for every campaign the co-venturer engages in.

Massachusetts Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Massachusetts Attorney General - Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$400

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$400

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Massachusetts Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Massachusetts Attorney General - Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$1,000

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$1,000

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
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Annual financial reports need to be filed for every charitable campaign the solicitor works on.

Massachusetts Raffle and Casino Night Licenses

Charitable Gaming licensure is not required on the State level in Massachusetts



Raffle and casino night permits are issued at the municipal level.

Individual Licenses

Massachusetts Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Massachusetts Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Professional Solicitor licensure is not required on the State level in Massachusetts



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 Massachusetts.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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