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Michigan Fundraising Registration

Charitable Solicitation Registration and Compliance

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 Michigan Attorney General - Charitable Trust Section 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
Exemptions:

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:

  • <$25,000 in contributions in a 12-month period
  • Type of nonprofit:
    • Religious institution
    • Educational institution
    • Veterans organizations
    • Appeals for individuals
    • PTAs
    • Advocacy / lobbying organizations
    • Child-care providers
    • Service clubs
  • An organization solely funded by another organization holding a Michigan charitable solicitation license


Review the law for the full list of exemptions and criteria for exemption.

Law:

Michigan Compiled Laws §400.271 through 400.292

Initial Registration

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.

Form:

Form CTS-01: Initial Solicitation Registration Form

Filing method:

Mail or online.

State fee:

$0

Notes:
  • Note the list of ~8 attachments that first-time registrants must include with the application. Larger organizations must attach financial statements / audit.
  • One principal officer or director must sign. Signatures need not be notarized.
  • Verify that the attorney general's office received the registration form by searching for the organization at www.michigan.gov/AGCharitySearch
  • Following review if your initial registration or exemption, the Attorney General may instruct your organization to complete additional forms.
  • Some Michigan counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Renewal Filing

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.

Form:

Form CTS-02: Renewal Solicitation Registration Form

Filing method:

Mail or online.

State fee:

$0

Due:

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.

Notes:
  • Note the list of ~5 attachments you must include with the application. Larger organiztaions must attach financial statements / audit.

Common Questions

Is the URS accepted in Michigan?
The Unified Registration Statement (URS) is a consolidated multi-state registration form.
For initial filing: Yes
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

Learn about charitable registration in other states:

Fundraising Compliance Guide
Charitable Gaming Compliance
Licensing by state
Charitable Gift Annuity Compliance
Licensing by state
Fundraising Compliance Info by State

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