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.

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

Minnesota Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Minnesota Bingo Exclusion

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.

Initial Registration

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Registration Renewal

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

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

Minnesota Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.

Registration Renewal

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

$25

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Note the list attachments required, including a financial statement and IRS Form 990. Larger organiztaions may need to attach an audited financial statement.

Change of Fiscal Year

Notes:

Fiscal year can be changed during the standard renewal process.

Minnesota Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.

Initial Registration

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

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

Registration Renewal

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

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

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

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

Minnesota Organization License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.

Initial Registration

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Registration Renewal

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Minnesota Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Minnesota Attorney General - Charities
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: 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

Individual Licenses

Minnesota Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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