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.

Initial Registration

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form:

Form LG240B: Application to Conduct Excluded Bingo

Agency fee:

$0

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.

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

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Organizations which do not intend to solicit or receive and do not actually receive more than $25,000 in contributions during any fiscal year and do not employ professional fundraisers
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Fraternal, patriotic, social, educational, alumni, professional, trade, or learned society which limits the solicitation of contributions to persons who have the right to vote as a member
  • Appeals for individuals
  • Private foundations
Form:

Charitable Organization - Exemption Form

Filing method:

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

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

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

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.

Registration Renewal

Form:

(URS with supplement) or 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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Initial Registration

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form:

Form LG200A: New Organization License Application

Agency fee:

$350

Registration Renewal

Agency:Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Form:

Form LG200A: New Organization License Application (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$350

Due:

Annually

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

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Registration Statement

Agency fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by April 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Contract Filing

Form:

Professional Fundraiser Solicitation Notice

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

File a solicitation notice before beginning a new campaign.

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

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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