New York Fundraising Licensing

Charitable Solication Registration, Charitable Gaming, Charitable Gift Annuities, Commercial Co-Venturer Registration, & Professional Fundraisers

This page provides an overview of fundraising licensing in New York for charities, for-profits, and individuals. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

New York Bingo License

About this 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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

New York Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

About this License

Agency:New York Department of Financial Services
Law:

NY ISC § 1110

Organization Age Requirement:

10 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Legal Notes:

NY ISC § 1110

Initial Registration

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
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 1st.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

New York Charitable Organization Registration

About this License

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.
Legal Notes:

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
Form:

Schedule E: Request for Registration Exemption for Charitable Organizations

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Initial Registration

Form:

Form CHAR410: Registration Statement for Charitable Organizations

Instructions:

Instructions for Forms CHAR410, CHAR410-A, CHAR410-R and Schedule E

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • File initial registration or exemption.
  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • The president and CFO / treasurer must sign. Signatures need not be notarized.
  • Some New York counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form CHAR500: 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 31st, renewal is due May 15th.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

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

New York Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

About this License

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.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration is not required for commercial co-venturers in New York, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



New York Fundraising Counsel Registration

About this License

Agency:New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau
Contract Filing Requirements:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

CHAR 014: Fundraising Counsel Registration Statement

Agency fee:

$800

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

CHAR 014: Fundraising Counsel Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$800

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

New York Games of Chance License

About this 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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
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 31st.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

New York Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

About this License

Agency:New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau

Initial Registration

Form:

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

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

New York Professional Fundraiser Registration

About this License

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

$10,000

Financial Report Requirements:

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.

Contract Filing Requirements:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

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

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

New York Raffle License

About this 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.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Agency:New York State Gaming Commission
Form:

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

Due:

Annually by December 31st.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Learn about fundraising in other states:

Fundraising Compliance Guide
Charitable Gaming Compliance
Licensing by state
Charitable Gift Annuity Compliance
Licensing by state
Fundraising Compliance Info by State
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