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 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.

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.

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.

North Dakota Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

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.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:Email to the department
Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Audited financial statements are due annually within 15 days of their preparation.

Notes:

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

North Dakota Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:North Dakota Secretary of State
Law:

North Dakota Century Code, Ch. 50-22

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Educational institutions
  • Political organizations
  • Appeals for individuals
  • Religious organizations

Initial Registration

Form:

URS and/or Form SFN 11300: Charitable Organization Registration Statement

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

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

Notes:
  • If your out-of-state corporation is not yet registered, you must attach a Certificate of Authority to qualify your entity in North Dakota.
  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • 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.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form SFN 11302: Charitable Organization Annual Report

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$10

Due:

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

Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required.

Change of Fiscal Year

Form:

Form SFN 11302: Charitable Organization Annual Report

Agency fee:

$10

Notes:

File a normal renewal form along with a note explaining the fiscal year change.

North Dakota Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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.

Registration Not Required

Not required



North Dakota Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:North Dakota Secretary of State

Initial Registration

Form:

Form SFN 11303: Professional Fundraiser Application

Agency fee:

$100

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form SFN 11303: Professional Fundraiser Application (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by August 31.

Notarize:Required

North Dakota Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:North Dakota Secretary of State
Bond Requirements:

$20,000

Initial Registration

Form:

http://sos.nd.gov/professional-fundraisers

Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://sos.nd.gov/professional-fundraisers

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by August 31.

Individual Licenses

North Dakota Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

North Dakota 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 Dakota.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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