New York 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 York Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

New York Bingo License

Game Type:

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

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement:

1 year of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old. Minors accompanied by a parent or legal guardian are allowed to play bingo.

Initial Registration

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Form:

Form BC-2: Application for Bingo License

Agency fee:

$18.75 per bingo event.

Notes:

Forms are provided by the Gaming Commission but are filed with the municipality where the gaming events will take place.

Registration Renewal

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Form:

Form BC-2: Application for Bingo License (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$18.75 per bingo event.

Due:

Licenses expire annually by the date of issuance.

New York Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:New York Department of Financial Services
Law:

NY ISC § 1110

Organization Age Requirement:

10 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Initial Registration

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

In order to apply for a charitable gift annuity permit, a charity must have tax exempt status and adopt a board resolution pertaining to annuities and naming the segregated trust. The application process includes submitting proof of tax exemption, financial reports showing segregation of assets, and other documents. New York also offers exemptions from the permit requirement for charities whose reserve fund requirement is less than $1,000,000.

Registration Renewal

Form:

There is no renewal form.

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by March 1.

New York Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau
Law:

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:

  • Article 7-A of the Executive Law (Article 7-A) requires registration of charitable and other nonprofit organizations that solicit contributions from New York State (including residents, foundations, corporations, government agencies and other entities).
  • EPTL: Section 8-1.4 of the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (EPTL) requires registration of charitable organizations that are incorporated, are formed or otherwise conduct activity in New York State.

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities that receive less than $25,000 in contributions and do not use a professional fundraiser
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • PTAs
  • Membership organizations
  • Appeals for individuals
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and diganostic/treatment centers
  • Volunteer firefighter or volunteer ambulance service organizations
  • Historical societies
Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$0

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$25, payable to "NYS Department of Law"  ($0 if exempt)

Notes:
  • File initial registration or exemption.
  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • The president and CFO / treasurer must sign.
  • Some New York counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form CHAR 500: Annual Filing for Charitable Organizations

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$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:

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:
  • 7A filers are registered to solicit in New York under Article 7-A of the New York Executive Law.
  • EPTL filers are registered under the New York Estates, Powers, and Trusts Law because they hold assets or conduct activities for charitable purposes in New York.
  • Dual filers are registered under both 7A and the EPTL.

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days

Notes:

Email Charbur.CharBur@ag.ny.gov to update fiscal year.

New York Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



New York 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 York Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau

Registration Renewal

Form:

CHAR 014: Fundraising Counsel Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$800

Due:

Annually

Contract Filing

Form:

CHAR 016A: Professional Fund Raiser/Fund Raising Counsel

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

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

New York Games of Chance License

Game Type:

Casino nights, raffles (with net profits over $30k per year), and bell jar.

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Initial Registration

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Form:

Form GC-2 Application for Games of Chance License

Agency fee:

$25 per gaming license period.

Notes:

Forms are provided by the Gaming Commission but are filed with the municipality where the gaming events will take place.

Registration Renewal

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Form:

Form GC-2 Application for Games of Chance License (Renewal)

Due:

Annually by December 31.

New York Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Initial Registration

Form:

CHAR 013: Professional Fund Raiser Registration Statement

Agency fee:

$800

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

https://www.charitiesnys.com/fund_raising_professionals_new.html

Agency fee:

$800

Due:

Annually

Contract Filing

Form:

CHAR 016A: Professional Fund Raiser/Fund Raising Counsel

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

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

Financial Reporting

Form:

CHAR 037: Professional Fundraising Interim/Closing Statement

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Within 90 days after a campaign has ended and within 15 months after the start of contract commencement for campaigns lasting more than a year and annually thereafter.

New York Raffle License

Game Type:

Raffles

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement:

3 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Notes:

Charities that hold raffles but fail to raise more than $20,000 over the course of a year, and never raise more than $5,000 during a single raffle event may be exempt from registration. Forms are provided by the Gaming Commission but are filed with the municipality where the gaming events will take place.

Initial Registration

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Form:

Form GCVS-1 Verified Statement for Raffle Ticket Operations

Agency fee:

$25 per gaming license period.

Registration Renewal

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Form:

Form GCVS-1 Verified Statement for Raffle Ticket Operations (Renewal)

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Individual Licenses

New York Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

New York Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau

Initial Registration

Form:

CHAR 012: Professional Solicitor Registration Statement

Agency fee:

$80

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

https://www.charitiesnys.com/professional_solicitors_new.html

Agency fee:

$80

Due:

Annually

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