North Carolina 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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Company Licenses

North Carolina Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

North Carolina Bingo and Raffle Licenses

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation - Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Prize Limits: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

NC Stat. § 14-309.5 et seq.

Initial Registration

Agency:North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation - Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

Notes:

Exempt organizations may also hold as many as 2 raffle events per year, but no license is required for these.

Registration Renewal

Agency:North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation - Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

North Carolina Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:North Carolina Department of Insurance
Law:

NC Stat. § 58-3-6

Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

North Carolina charities must provide notice within 90 days of when they first enter into a charitable gift annuity agreement. Notices must identify the organization, certify that the organization is a charity and that the annuities issued are qualified charitable gift annuities, and be signed by an officer or director. Charities must also provide their most recent IRS form 990 upon request from the department.

Registration Renewal

Not required



North Carolina Charitable or Sponsor Organization Solicitation License

Agency:North Carolina Secretary of State - Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division
Law:

North Carolina General Statutes §§ 131 F-2 to 131f-8. CSL Statute and Rule Reference

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

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Law:

NC Stat § 131F-3(3)

Registration to Obtain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Renewal to Maintain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0-200, depending on contributions

Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • The CFO / treasurer must sign and it must be notarized.
  • Some North Carolina 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:

$0-200, depending on contributions

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required (including annual financial report).

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Copies of contracts do not need to be submitted, but the disclosure form asks for a variety of contract details.

Change of Fiscal Year

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

Varies

Notes:

Fiscal year can be changed during the standard renewal process.

North Carolina Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



North Carolina 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



North Carolina Fund Raising Consultant Registration

Agency:North Carolina Secretary of State - Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

North Carolina Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:North Carolina Secretary of State - Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

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
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Individual Licenses

North Carolina Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

North Carolina Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



Solicitors who are not employed by a professional fundraising firm but operate independently may be required to register. Employees of professional fundraising firms are generally not required to register as an individual solicitor in North Carolina.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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