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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$18.75 per bingo event.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

New York Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:New York Department of Financial Services
Law:

NY ISC § 1110

Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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.
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Law:

NY EXC Article 7-A § 172-a and NY EPT § 8-1.4

Initial Registration

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.
  • Charities that contract with professional fundraisers, fundraising counsels, or commercial co-venturers are not required to submit a separate contract filing, but contract information is reported instead on schedule 4a of the CHAR500 renewal filing. A separate schedule must be prepared for each contract the charity has with one of the above mentioned entities.

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$800

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$800

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

New York Games of Chance License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

New York Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$800

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$800

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

New York Raffle License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$25 per gaming license period.

Registration Renewal

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Individual Licenses

New York Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

New York Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$80

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$80

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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