New York Fundraising Registration
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 York Requirements
New York requires charitable solicitation registration. Charities must register with the New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau 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 York Department of State - Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code and appoint a registered agent.
About This License
|Agency:||New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau|
Prior to soliciting, most New York charitable organizations must register. File Schedule E to obtain approval of an exemption. The most common exemptions are:
Check the law for the full list of exemptions and exemption criteria. If you wish to file for exemption, attach Schedule E to the main Form 410.
New York Executive Law, Article 7a, §§ 171-a to 177, Not-For-Profit Corporation Law § 101 et seq.
Two NY statutes separately require charitable registration:
Organizations that have never registered for charitable solicitation in New York will file an initial registration. This section contains an overview of completing an initial charitable solicitation registration.
$25, payable to "NYS Department of Law" ($0 if exempt)
Organizations that have already registered for charitable solicitation in New York are required to renew their registrations to maintain good standing. This section contains an overview of renewing the charitable solicitation registration.
Mail or online
$25 for 7A organizations ($0 if exempt). $0-$1,500 depending on net worth for EPTL organizations. Dual filers pay 7A and EPTL fees.
Due annually 4.5 months after the close of your fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31st, renewal is due May 15th.
|Is the URS accepted
in New York?
The Unified Registration Statement (URS) is a consolidated multi-state registration form.
For renewal filing: Yes
|Is foreign qualification required?||Not explicitly required as a prerequisite for charitable solicitation registration.|
|Is maintaining a registered agent required?||Not explicitly required as a prerequisite for charitable solicitation registration.|
Learn about charitable registration in other states:
Charitable Solicitation Compliance
What does it take to be compliant?
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