Michigan Fundraising Registration
Charitable solicitation is regulated on the state-level and the requirements vary by state. 41 states require charitable solicitation registration. Asking for donations by phone, mail, in person, and online subject a charity to registration requirements. Fundraising online is generally considered solicitation, including use of a "Donate Now" button on an organization’s website.
In nearly every state, charities are required to register before soliciting donations, regardless of whether funds are actually received. Some states require nonprofits to qualify with the corporations division and appoint a registered agent. In addition, most states require charities to include disclosure statements in their solicitations.
Overview of Michigan Requirements
Michigan requires charitable solicitation registration. Charities must register with the in order to solicit donations in the state. While not required as a prerequisite for charitable registration, organizations may be required to qualify as a foreign nonprofit corporation with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Corporations Division and appoint a registered agent.
About This License
|Agency:||Michigan Attorney General - Charitable Trust Section|
Certain organizations are exempt from fundraising registration; however, you must file a Request for Exemption with evidence of your qualification to obtain approval. Common exemptions include:
Michigan Compiled Laws §400.271 through 400.292
Organizations that have never registered for charitable solicitation in Michigan will file an initial registration. This section contains an overview of completing an initial charitable solicitation registration.
(URS with supplement) or Form CTS-01: Initial Solicitation Registration Form
Out-of-state nonprofits that wish to fundraise MUST also qualify to do business with the Michigan Corporations Division. We can obtain your certificate of authority and serve as your local registered agent.
Mail or e-file.
Organizations that have already registered for charitable solicitation in Michigan are required to renew their registrations to maintain good standing. This section contains an overview of renewing the charitable solicitation registration.
(URS with supplement) or Form CTS-02: Renewal Solicitation Registration Form
Mail or e-file.
Renewal is due annually 7 months after the close of your nonprofit's fiscal year. So if your fiscal calendar ends December 31st, then the renewal is due by July 31st.
|Is the URS accepted
The Unified Registration Statement (URS) is a consolidated multi-state registration form.
For renewal filing: Yes
|Is foreign qualification required?||Not explicitly required as a prerequisite for charitable solicitation registration.|
|Is maintaining a registered agent required?||Required|
Charitable Solicitation Compliance
What does it take to be compliant?
Thursday, March 15th
1:00 - 2:00PM EDT