New Jersey 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 Jersey Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

New Jersey Bingo, Raffle, and Casino Nights Licenses

Game Type:

Bingo, raffles, and casino nights.

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission
Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Initial Registration

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission
Form:

Initial Affidavit and Application for Biennial Registration

Agency fee:

$100

Notes:

Charities must register as a qualified organization with the commission before applying for local level charitable gaming permits.

Registration Renewal

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission
Form:

Initial Affidavit and Application for Biennial Registration (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Biennially

New Jersey Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance - Division of Insurance
Law:

NJ Rev. Stat. § 17B:17-13.1

Audit Requirements:

Audited financial statements are required with the annual permit renewal.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Special Permit

Agency fee:

$100

Notarize:Required
Notes:

Proof of entity registration and charitable registration are required with the application. Charities must maintain a segregated reserve fund that covers the current value of all outstanding annuity payments plus the greater of $100,000 or 10% of the reserve fund.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Statement

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Within 120 days of the end of the calendar year. Permission may be granted for the filing to be made on a fiscal year basis.

Notes:

An annual statement should be filed even if the organization did not issue annuities.

New Jersey Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Charities Registration Section
Law:

New Jersey Statutes Ann. § 45:17A-18 et seq.

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities taking in less than $10,000 in Gross Contributions if all functions and fund raising activities are done by volunteers.
  • Religious organizations and schools that file their curricula with the Department of Education.
  • Libraries registered by the State Department of Education who meet their prescribed financial reporting requirements.

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$30-$250, depending on gross contributions.

Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • The CFO and another authorized officer must sign. Signatured need not be notarized.
  • Some New Jersey counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$30-$250, depending on gross contributions.

Due:

Renewal is due annually 6 months after the close of your fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, renewal is due June 30.

Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required. Large organizations may need to provide audited financial statements.

Change of Fiscal Year

Filing method:

Online

Notes:

Use the DCA portal and start a renewal registration. You can enter the new fiscal year end month and renew for that year.

New Jersey Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



New Jersey 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 Jersey Fund-Raising Counsel Registration

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Charities Registration Section
Bond Requirements:

$20,000

Notes:

The bond is only required if the fundraising counsel will have custody or access to the charitable organization's money.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form CRI-500PR: Fund-Raising Counsel Renewal Registration

Agency fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Contract Filing

Form:

Form CRI-500A: Contract Filing Form

Agency fee:

$30

Due:

File a contract filing form at least 10 days prior to the start of each solicitation campaign.

New Jersey Paid Fund-Raiser Registration

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Charities Registration Section
Bond Requirements:

$20,000

Contract Filing

Form:

Form CRI-500A: Contract Filing Form

Agency fee:

$30

Due:

File a contract filing form at least 10 days prior to the start of each solicitation campaign.

Individual Licenses

New Jersey Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

New Jersey Solicitor of an Independent Paid Fund Raiser Registration

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Charities Registration Section

Initial Registration

Form:

Form CRI-500S: Solicitor of an Independent Paid Fund Raiser Initial Registration and Renewal Registration

Agency fee:

$15

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form CRI-500S: Solicitor of an Independent Paid Fund Raiser Initial Registration and Renewal Registration (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$15

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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