New Mexico Fundraising Registration

Charitable Solicitation Registration and Compliance


Charitable solicitation is regulated on the state-level and the requirements vary by state. 41 states require charitable solicitation registration. Asking for donations by phone, mail, in person, and online subject a charity to registration requirements. Fundraising online is generally considered solicitation, including use of a "Donate Now" button on an organization’s website.

In nearly every state, charities are required to register before soliciting donations, regardless of whether funds are actually received. Some states require nonprofits to qualify with the corporations division and appoint a registered agent. In addition, most states require charities to include disclosure statements in their solicitations.

Overview of New Mexico Requirements

New Mexico requires charitable solicitation registration. Charities must register with the New Mexico Attorney General - Charities Unit in order to solicit donations in the state. While not required as a prerequisite for charitable registration, organizations may be required to qualify as a foreign nonprofit corporation with the New Mexico Secretary of State - Corporations Bureau and appoint a registered agent. New Mexico requires charities to include disclosure statements in their solicitations.

Initial Registration

Organizations that have never registered for charitable solicitation in New Mexico will file an initial registration. This section contains an overview of completing an initial charitable solicitation registration.

Agency:New Mexico Attorney General - Charities Unit
Exemptions:

Prior to soliciting, most New Mexico charitable organizations must register. The most common exemptions are:

  1. Religious organizations
  2. Educational institutions
  3. Appeals for named individuals

Check the law for the full list of exemptions and exemption criteria.

Filing method:

Online at NM-COROS

State fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of incorporation.

Law:

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

Notes:
  • Before filing online, it is helpful to collect the list of attachments that must be uploaded. The CFO (or author 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.
URS:No

Renewal Filing

Organizations that have already registered for charitable solicitation in New Mexico are required to renew their registrations to maintain good standing. This section contains an overview of renewing the charitable solicitation registration.

Agency:New Mexico Attorney General - Charities Unit
State fee:

$0

Due:

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

URS:No

Common Questions

Is the URS accepted in New Mexico?
The Unified Registration Statement (URS) is a consolidated multi-state registration form.
For initial filing: No
For renewal filing: No
Does New Mexico requires disclosures?
Disclosure statements are specific language required by the state when communicating with donors.

No.

How does New Mexico treat online fundraising?
Online charitable solicitation can quickly trigger the need to register in states where you ask for or receive donations online.

New Mexico follows the Charleston Principles regarding when your nonprofit needs to register due to online fundraising.

Is foreign qualification required? Not explicitly required as a prerequisite for charitable solicitation registration.
Is maintaining a registered agent required? Required

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