New Hampshire 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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New Hampshire Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

New Hampshire Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:New Hampshire Lottery Commission - Racing and Charitable Gaming Division
Organization Age Requirement:

2 years of continuous existence in New Hampshire immediately preceeding licensure.

Notes:

Bingo licenses can be issued for monthly or annual periods.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:New Hampshire Lottery Commission - Racing and Charitable Gaming Division
Form:

Bingo Application and Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25 per game date.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:New Hampshire Lottery Commission - Racing and Charitable Gaming Division
Form:

Bingo Application and Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25 per game date.

Due:

Licenses expire on the date of the last approved bingo game date.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

New Hampshire Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:New Hampshire Department of Justice- Charitable Trusts Unit
Law:

NH Stat. Title XXXVII § 403-E:1 et seq.

Organization Age Requirement:

3 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement:

$300,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Certification Required by Charitable Organizations That Issue Charitable Gift Annuities

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

New Hampshire charities must provide notice on the day they first enter into a charitable gift annuity agreement. Notices must identify the organization, certify that the organization is a charity and that the annuities issued are limited to qualified charitable gift annuities, and be signed by an officer or director.

Fact Checked:12/4/17

Registration Renewal

Form:

Certification Required by Charitable Organizations That Issue Charitable Gift Annuities

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/17

New Hampshire Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:New Hampshire Department of Justice- Charitable Trusts Unit
Law:

New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated, Title 1, §7:21 through 7:32b

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:4/10/20

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Any religious organization which holds property for charitable or religious purposes or their integrated auxiliaries or conventions or associations of churches
  • Government agencies
  • Colleges and universities funded by or associated with state government
Law:

1 NH Stat § 7:19

Notes:
  • Religious organizations that are exempt from IRS 990 filing requirements are automatically exempted.
  • Organizations that are not automatically exempted may file a Request for Pre-Registration Review to see if their organization qualifies for exemption.
Fact Checked:1/16/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Form NHCT-1: Application for Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Notes:
  • Any nonprofit organization that 1) will be applying to the IRS to be a 501(c)(3) organization and/or 2) will solicit donations or distribute funds in the state of N.H. and/or 3) is formed for any purpose enumerated in RSA 7:21, II is required to register with and report to the Attorney General, Charitable Trusts Unit.
  • The president and treasurer must sign. Signatures need not be notarized.
  • Upon approval, you will receive a Certificate of Registration.
  • Some New Hampshire counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in New Hampshire.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in New Hampshire.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
  • If you will foreign qualify in New Hampshire, obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state to submit during the foreign qualification process. The certificate cannot be more than 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Submit an Application for Registration and all required attachments to the New Hampshire Department of Justice- Charitable Trusts Unit.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in New Hampshire. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  3. Submit an Application for Registration and all required attachments to the New Hampshire Department of Justice- Charitable Trusts Unit.
Required Attachments:

  • Either a copy of the most recent bank statement or IRS form 990
  • Articles of incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS determination letter
  • List of officers and directors
  • Conflict of interest policy
Fact Checked:4/14/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

IRS Form 990 or Form NHCT-2A: Annual Report

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Renewal is due annually 4.5 months after the close of your fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, renewal is due May 15.

Due Date Extension:

Due dates can be extended for 6 months beyond the original due date by submitting an Application for Extension of Time to File Annual Report along with the $75 renewal fee.

Notes:
  • Note the list attachments required. Large organizations may need to provide audited financial statements.
  • The president and treasurer must sign. Signatured need not be notarized.
  • The state does not provide confirmation.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • Audited financials (if applicable)
  • List of officers and directors
Fact Checked:2/4/20

Contract Filing

Form:

Form PFR-8: Notice of Contract

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days.

Due:

A notice of contract must be filed prior to the commencement of every charitable sales promotion.

How to Apply:

The charity must be registered to solicit charitable contributions or otherwise exempt for the contract to be accepted.

Fact Checked:10/9/19

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days

Notes:

Email charitabletrusts2@doj.nh.gov to update fiscal year.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Cancellation

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Registration cancellations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but at a minimum the charity must submit a letter indicating the desire to withdraw and a copy of their final IRS form 990 from their time soliciting in New Hampshire.

Fact Checked:7/14/20

New Hampshire Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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

New Hampshire 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.

Contract Filing

Form:

Form PFR-8: Notice of Contract

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

A notice of contract must be filed prior to the commencement of every charitable sales promotion.

Fact Checked:5/29/20

Contract Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

An amendment filing should be made before the expiration date of a campaign in order to extend the campaign.

Notes:

To report an extension of a campaign or another change to a campaign agreement, submit a cover letter describing the change and include a copy of the amended agreement.

Fact Checked:8/12/20

New Hampshire Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:New Hampshire Department of Justice- Charitable Trusts Unit
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registration of Fund Raising Counsel

Agency Fee:

$150

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal of Fund Raising Counsel

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:7/5/18

Contract Filing

Form:

Notice of Contract

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File a notice of contract or the contract prior to the start of the performance of a contract with a charity.

Fact Checked:8/1/19

New Hampshire Games of Chance License

Game Type:

Various games of chance

Agency:New Hampshire Lottery Commission - Racing and Charitable Gaming Division
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:New Hampshire Lottery Commission - Racing and Charitable Gaming Division
Form:

Games of Chance Application

Agency Fee:

$25 per game date.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:New Hampshire Lottery Commission - Racing and Charitable Gaming Division
Form:

Games of Chance Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$25 per game date.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

New Hampshire Lucky 7 License

Game Type:

Lucky 7

Agency:New Hampshire Lottery Commission - Racing and Charitable Gaming Division
Notes:

Lucky 7 licenses are issued for monthly periods, but organizations can apply for as many as 12 months at a time, so long as the licensing period is within a single calendar year.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:New Hampshire Lottery Commission - Racing and Charitable Gaming Division
Form:

Lucky 7 Application

Agency Fee:

$10 per month.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:New Hampshire Lottery Commission - Racing and Charitable Gaming Division
Form:

Lucky 7 Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$10 per month.

Due:

Due by the end of the month that concludes the licensing period.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

New Hampshire Paid Solicitor Registration

Agency:New Hampshire Department of Justice- Charitable Trusts Unit
Bond Requirements:

$20,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registration/Renewal of Paid Solicitor

Agency Fee:

$500

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Registration/Renewal of Paid Solicitor (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Contract Filing

Form:

Solicitation Notice

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Prior to the commencement of each solicitation campaign, the paid solicitor shall file with the attorney general a completed "solicitation notice'' on forms prescribed by the attorney general.

Fact Checked:8/1/19

Financial Reporting

Form:

Paid Solicitor Joint Financial Report

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

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

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:8/5/19

Individual Licenses

New Hampshire Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

New Hampshire Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



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

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 New Hampshire.

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