New Mexico 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 Mexico Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

New Mexico Charitable Gaming Licenses

Game Type:

Bingo, raffles, pull-tabs, and other games of chance.

Agency:New Mexico Gaming Control Board
Organization Age Requirement:

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

Prize Limits:

The aggregate of prizes offered during a session of bingo should not exceed $2,500.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:New Mexico Gaming Control Board
Form:

New Mexico Bingo and Raffle Operator Application

Agency Fee:

$300

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:New Mexico Gaming Control Board
Form:

New Mexico Bingo and Raffle Operator Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Triennially

Fact Checked:1/10/18

New Mexico Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance
Law:

NM Stat. § 59A-1-16.1

Organization Age Requirement:

3 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement:

$300,000

Initial Registration

Notes:

New Mexico 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 qualified charitable gift annuities, and be signed by an officer or director.

Fact Checked:12/4/17

Registration Renewal

Not required



New Mexico Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:New Mexico Attorney General - Charities Unit
Law:

New Mexico Statutes Ann. § 57-22-1 et seq.

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

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions and organizations defined in Section 6-5A-1 NMSA 1978
  • Persons soliciting for an individual or group that has suffered a medical or other catastrophe if the individual or group is identified by name at the time of the solicitation, the purpose for the solicited contribution is clearly stated, and the gross contributions collected, without any deductions for or by the solicitor or any other person, are deposited directly to an account in the name of the individual or group in a local federally insured financial institution established for that sole purpose and solely used for the direct benefit of the named individual or group as beneficiary
Fact Checked:1/16/20

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online at NM-COROS

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

2-3 weeks

Due:

Within 30 days of incorporation.

Notes:
  • The CFO (or another authorized officer) signs online. You will get immediate confirmation of receipt as you file online.
  • Some New Mexico 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 Mexico.
  • If your charity meets the audit threshold, obtain an audited financial report to submit with your registration application.
  • 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 Mexico.
  • If your charity meets the audit threshold, obtain an audited financial report to submit with your registration application.
  • 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 Mexico, obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state to submit during the foreign qualification process. The certificate cannot be more than 30 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the New Mexico Secretary of State - Corporations Bureau.
  2. Create an NM-COROS account and complete the charitable organization registration through the New Mexico Attorney General - Charities Unit.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in New Mexico. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the New Mexico Secretary of State - Corporations Bureau.
  3. Create an NM-COROS account and complete the charitable organization registration through the New Mexico Attorney General - Charities Unit.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • Audited financials (if applicable)
  • Articles of incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS determination letter
  • IRS form 1023 (if established after 1987)
  • List of officers and directors
  • Professional fundraising contracts
Fact Checked:4/14/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online at NM-COROS

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

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

Due Date Extension:

Due dates can be extended for 6 months beyond the original due date by submitting a request for extension through the online portal.

Penalties:

There is a $100 late fee for failing to file on time.

Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • Audited accrual basis financials (if applicable)
  • List of officers and directors
  • Professional fundraising contracts
  • Only if amended: IRS determination letter, articles of incorporation, and bylaws
Fact Checked:2/4/20

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days

Notes:

Email Charity.Registrar@nmag.gov to update fiscal year.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Cancellation

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

To close out your registration, file final reporting documents as requested by the state. Also submit a notarized letter with the following text: "AS OF (DATE), (ORGANIZATION NAME & FEIN ) NO LONGER EXISTS, OPERATES OR SOLICITS IN NEW MEXICO, THEREFORE PLEASE WITHDRAW THEIR REGISTRATION.".

Fact Checked:7/14/20

New Mexico Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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

New Mexico 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.

New Mexico Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in New Mexico.

New Mexico does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

New Mexico Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:New Mexico Attorney General - Charities Unit
Bond Requirements:

$25,000

Initial Registration

Form:

State of New Mexico Professional Fundraiser Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Intended written contract(s) between the professional fundraiser and the charitable organization on whose behalf the professional fundraiser intends to conduct a solicitation campaign, including all copies of solicitation materials, must be submitted with the application.

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.nmag.gov/charity-registration-faq.aspx

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Individual Licenses

New Mexico Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

New Mexico Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



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

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 Mexico.

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