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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Company Licenses

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.

Initial Registration

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

Bingo Application and Renewal Form

Agency fee:

$25 per game date.

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.

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.

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

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:

Religious organizations

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.

Initial Registration

Form:

URS or Form NHCT-1: Application for Registration

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$25

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.
  • Note the list attachments required. If filing the URS, attach your conflict of interest policy.
  • 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.

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.

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.

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days

Notes:

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

New Hampshire Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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.

Registration Not Required

Not required



New Hampshire Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:New Hampshire Department of Justice- Charitable Trusts Unit

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registration of Fund Raising Counsel

Agency fee:

$150

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal of Fund Raising Counsel

Agency fee:

$150

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required

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.

New Hampshire Games of Chance License

Game Type:

Various games of chance

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

Initial Registration

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

Games of Chance Application

Agency fee:

$25 per game date.

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.

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.

Initial Registration

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

Lucky 7 Application

Agency fee:

$10 per month.

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.

New Hampshire Paid Solicitor Registration

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

$20,000

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Registration/Renewal of Paid Solicitor (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$500

Due:

Annually

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.

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

Individual Licenses

New Hampshire Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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