North Dakota 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 Dakota Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

North Dakota Certificate of Exemption to Issue Gift Annuities

Agency:North Dakota Insurance Department
Law:

ND Century Code § 26.1-34.1 et seq.

Initial Registration

Form:

Form SFN 17914: Application for Certification of Exemption to Issue Gift Annuities

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarize:Required
Notes:

Charities should submit the application, agent of process attachment, segregated account attachment, statements reflecting financial and other conditions of the organization, proof of tax exemption, and samples of the charitable annuity contracts to apply.

Fact Checked:8/27/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



The certificate of exemption does not expire, but financial statements must be submitted annually.

Financial Reporting

Filing Method:

Email financial statements to colicexam@nd.gov with the subject line of "Gift Annuity Financial Statement".

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Audited (or unaudited if audited are unavailable) financial statements are due annually within 15 days of their preparation.

Fact Checked:8/27/19

North Dakota Charitable Gaming Licenses

Game Type:

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

Agency:North Dakota Attorney General - Gaming Division
Organization Age Requirement:

2 years of continuous existence in North Dakota immediately preceeding licensure.

Age Restrictions:

Bingo participants must be at least 18 years old. Minors accompanied by a parent or legal guardian are allowed to play bingo. Pull-tab, poker, and other games of chance are limited to persons at least 21 years old.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:North Dakota Attorney General - Gaming Division
Form:

Form SFN 53839: State Gaming License Application

Agency Fee:

$150 for each county or city where the charity expects to hold a gaming event.

Notes:

A separate permit application must be filed with the city or county where the gaming event takes place.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:North Dakota Attorney General - Gaming Division
Form:

Form SFN 53838: State Gaming License Reapplication Form

Agency Fee:

$150 for each county or city where the charity expects to hold a gaming event.

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

North Dakota Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:North Dakota Secretary of State
Law:

North Dakota Century Code, Ch. 50-22

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:4/10/20

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • An organization that solicits funds for an institution of higher learning
  • A private or public elementary or secondary school
  • An organization that uses only volunteer unpaid fundraisers and that solicits funds for a political subdivision or other government entity or for a civic or community project in which the contributions received are used solely for the project and none of the contributions inure to the benefit of any individual
  • A charitable organization or person that solicits contributions for any person specified by name at the time of the solicitation if all the contributions received are transferred within a reasonable time after receipt to the person named or that person's parent, guardian, or conservator with no restriction on their expenditure and with no deduction
  • A religious society or organization that is exempt from filing a federal annual information return pursuant to Internal Revenue Code section 6033(a)(2)(A) (i) and (iii) [26 U.S.C. 6033(a)(2)(A)(i) and (iii)] or Internal Revenue Code section 6033(a)(2)(C)(i) [26 U.S.C. 6033(a)(2)(C)(i)]
Law:

NDCC § 50-22-01

Fact Checked:1/16/20

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25. Out-of-state nonprofits will also incur fees to qualify and appoint a registered agent.

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Notes:
  • One officer must sign and it must be notarized.
  • Some North Dakota counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in North Dakota.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in North Dakota.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 6 months old when filing foreign qualification documents.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. Create a FirstStop online account and file entity formation documents through the North Dakota Secretary of State.
  2. After entity approval, file a charitable organization registration using FirstStop.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Create a FirstStop online account and file foreign qualification documents through the North Dakota Secretary of State.
  2. After entity approval, file a charitable organization registration using FirstStop.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • IRS determination letter
  • List of officers and directors
  • Professional fundraising contracts
  • A list of officer and director compensation
Fact Checked:4/14/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Due:

Due annually by September 1. If you file in July/August, you get a waiver until the following September.

Due Date Extension:

Due dates can be extended for 90 days beyond the original due date by submitting an amendment through the online portal.

Required Attachments:

  • List of officers and directors
  • A list of officer and director compensation
Fact Checked:2/4/20

Change of Fiscal Year

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Notes:

Changes to the fiscal year of a charity can be reported through the online portal.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Cancellation

Notes:

To close out your registration, either file a final report with “Final” across the top of front page and submit it with a $10 filing fee (if you haven’t filed the charity annual report for this year yet) or simply send an e-mail requesting the cancellation (if you have already filed a report for this year).

Fact Checked:7/14/20

North Dakota Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Commercial Co-venturer licensure is not required on the State level in North Dakota.

North Dakota 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.

North Dakota Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:North Dakota Secretary of State
Law:

NDCC § 50-22-02.1

Bond Requirements:

$20,000

Initial Registration
Professional Fundraiser Registration

Form:

Form SFN 11303: Professional Fundraiser Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

A copy of all contracts with charitable organizations must be submitted with the application.

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal
Professional Fundraiser Registration Renewal

Form:

Form SFN 11303: Professional Fundraiser Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by August 31.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:12/15/16

Contract Filing

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

After the filing of the Professional Fundraiser Registration, any contracts entered into with any charitable organizations must be submitted to the Secretary of State within 10 days of the execution of those contracts.

Fact Checked:9/11/20

Individual Licenses

North Dakota Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

North Dakota Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



Professional Solicitor licensure is not required on the State level in North Dakota.

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 Dakota.

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