Minnesota 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

Minnesota Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Minnesota Bingo Exclusion

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Notes:

Bingo exclusions may apply to organizations that host four or fewer bingo events during a calendar year or conduct a bingo event for up to 12 consecutive days at a county fair, civic celebration, or the state fair.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form:

Form LG240B: Application to Conduct Excluded Bingo

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form:

Form LG240B: Application to Conduct Excluded Bingo

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually

Notes:

Exclusions only apply to a single calendar year, so charities must reapply each year.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Minnesota Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



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

No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Minnesota statutes exempt religious, educational, benevolent, fraternal, charitable, social, athletic, and reformatory organizations from security regulation related to charitable gift annuities.

Minnesota Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Minnesota Attorney General - Charities
Law:

Minnesota Statutes Annotated §309.50; 309.515; 309.52; 309.53. A Guide to Minnesota's Charities Laws

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:1/16/19

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Organizations that did not receive and do not plan to receive total contributions in excess of $25,000
    from the public in or out of the State of Minnesota during any accounting year and the organization’s
    functions and activities are performed wholly by volunteers and the organization does not employ a
    professional fundraiser (the direct cost of prizes given to the public in connection with charitable
    gambling may be excluded in determining the total amount of contributions)
  • Religious societies or organizations that are exempt from filing a federal annual informational return pursuant to Internal Revenue Code, section 6033(a)(3)(A)(i) and (iii) and Internal Revenue Code, section 6033(a)(3)(C)(i)
  • Educational institutions which are under the general supervision of the commissioner of education, the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, or the University of Minnesota or any educational institution that is accredited by the University of Minnesota or the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, or by any other national or regional accrediting association
  • Fraternal, patriotic, social, educational, alumni, professional, trade, or learned society organizations which limit the solicitation of contributions to persons who have the right to vote as a member (the term “member” does not include those persons who are granted membership upon making a contribution as the result of a solicitation)
  • Organizations soliciting solely for a named person and all of the contributions received are transferred to the named person with no restrictions on the person’s expenditure of the contributions and with no deductions whatsoever
  • Private foundations, as defined in section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, which did not solicit contributions from more than 100 persons during their last accounting year
Form:

Charitable Organization - Exemption Form

Filing Method:

Mail or email to charity.registration@ag.state.mn.us.

Agency Fee:

$0

Law:

Minn. Stat. § 309.515

Notes:

Exemptions do not expire as long as the organization continues to qualify under the exemption criteria.

Fact Checked:1/16/20

Initial Registration

Form:

(URS with supplement) or Charitable Organization Initial Registration & Annual Report Form

Instructions:

File initial registration or exemption.  See Initial Registration Instructions and Information for Charitable Organizations and Trusts.

Filing Method:

Mail or email.

Agency Fee:

$25

Notes:
  • Note the list attachments required. Larger organiztaions may need to attach an audited financial statement.
  • Before signing, the board must adopt a resolution approving and certifying the contents of the application. Two officers must sign the application. Signatures need not be notarized.
  • Some Minnesota counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Fact Checked:2/22/17

Registration Renewal

Form:

Charitable Organization Initial Registration & Annual Report Form

Filing Method:

Mail or email.

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Renewal is due annually 6.5 months after the close of your nonprofit's fiscal year. So if your fiscal calendar ends December 31, then the renewal is due July 15.

Penalties:

There is a $50 late fee.

Notes:
  • Note the list attachments required, including a financial statement and IRS Form 990. Larger organiztaions may need to attach an audited financial statement.
Fact Checked:2/22/17

Change of Fiscal Year

Notes:

Fiscal year can be changed during the standard renewal process.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Minnesota Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Commercial Co-venturer licensure is not required on the State level in Minnesota.

Minnesota 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



Minnesota Exempt Permit

Game Type:

Bingo, raffles, pull-tabs, and other games of chance.

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Notes:

Exemptions may apply to charities that host 5 or fewer charitable gaming events in a calendar year and give away prizes totaling less than $50,000 over the course of the year.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form:

Form LG220: Application for Exempt Permit

Agency Fee:

$100 if filed at least 30 days before the event, otherwise $150.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form:

Form LG220: Application for Exempt Permit

Agency Fee:

$100 if filed at least 30 days before the event, otherwise $150.

Due:

Annually

Notes:

Exemptions only apply to a single calendar year, so charities must reapply each year.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Minnesota Organization License

Game Type:

Bingo, raffles, pull-tabs, and other games of chance.

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Notes:

Organizations expecting to receive less than $100,000 in gross annual receipts may request a waiver of license fees after the first year of licensure.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form:

Form LG200A: New Organization License Application

Agency Fee:

$350

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form:

Form LG200A: New Organization License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$350

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Minnesota Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Minnesota Attorney General - Charities
Bond Requirements:

$20,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$200

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by April 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:12/15/16

Contract Filing

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Solicitation Notice

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File a solicitation notice before beginning a new campaign.

Fact Checked:8/1/19

Financial Reporting

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Solicitation Campaign Financial Report

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 90 days after a campaign has ended and within 90 days after the anniversary of commencement for campaigns lasting more than a year.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:8/5/19

Individual Licenses

Minnesota Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Minnesota Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



Professional Solicitor licensure is not required on the State level in Minnesota.

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 Minnesota.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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