Oregon Fundraising Licensing

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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

Oregon Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Oregon Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



Charitable Gift Annuity licensure is not required on the State level in Oregon.

No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Charities that hold certificates of authority issued prior to 2006 may continue issuing charitable gift annuities if they keep an annual audited financial statement on file.

Law:

O.R.S. § 731.038

Oregon Class A or B Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
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.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
Form:

Class A and B Bingo Application

Agency Fee:

$200 for a Class A license, $100 for a Class B license.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
Form:

Class A and B Bingo Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$200 for a Class A license, $100 for a Class B license.

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Oregon Class A or B Monte Carlo License

Game Type:

Monte Carlo games

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
Organization Age Requirement:

1 year of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
Form:

Class A and B Monte Carlo Application

Agency Fee:

$100 for a Class A license, $40 for a Class B license.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
Form:

Class A and B Monte Carlo Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100 for a Class A license, $40 for a Class B license.

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Oregon Class A or B Raffle License

Game Type:

Raffles

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
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 purchase tickets.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
Form:

Class A and B Raffle Application

Agency Fee:

$100 for a Class A license, $40 for a Class B license.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
Form:

Class A and B Raffle Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100 for a Class A license, $40 for a Class B license.

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Oregon Class C or D Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
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.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
Form:

Class C and D Bingo Application

Agency Fee:

$40 for a Class C license, $20 for a Class D license.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
Form:

Class C and D Bingo Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$40 for a Class C license, $20 for a Class D license.

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Oregon Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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

Oregon 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.

More information: Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section

Oregon Fund-Raising Firm Registration

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section

Initial Registration

Form:

Form PF-10/PF-20: Fundraising Firm Annual Registration

Agency Fee:

$250

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form PF-10/PF-20: Fundraising Firm Annual Registration (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/15/16

Contract Filing

Form:

Form PF-11/PF-21: Fundraising Firm Solicitation Campaign Notice

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

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

Fact Checked:8/5/19

Financial Reporting

Form:

Form PF-12: Fundraising Firm Solicitation Campaign Report

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 90 days after a campaign has ended and on the anniversary of commencement for campaigns lasting more than a year.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:8/5/19

Oregon Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Oregon.

Fundraising counsels are exempt from license requirements provided that the counsel does not have primary responsibility for the fundraising campaign’s production or management, does not have access to contributions or the ability to pay expenses from campaign proceeds, and does not directly engage in solicitations.

Oregon Registration for Charitable Organizations

Agency:Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section
Law:

Oregon Revised Statutes Ann., Vol. 3, § 128.610 et seq. Statutes and Rules Governing Oregon Nonprofits

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

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Churches, houses of worship or similar types of religious organizations
  • Corporations organized in Oregon as a mutual benefit nonprofit
  • Educational institutions which do not hold property in Oregon and limit solicitations to alumni of the institution
Notes:

To obtain an exemption, file a letter describing the reason the organization is eligible for exemption along with supporting documentation.

Fact Checked:1/16/20

Initial Registration

Form:

URS or Form RF-C: Registration for Charitable Organizations

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Notes:
  • Any officer or authorized representative must sign. The signature need not be notarized.
  • Some Oregon 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.
  • 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.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
  • If you will foreign qualify in Oregon, obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state to submit during the foreign qualification process. The certificate cannot be more than 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Oregon Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Submit a Registration for Charitable Organizations form and all required attachments to the Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in Oregon. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the Oregon Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  3. Submit a Registration for Charitable Organizations form and all required attachments to the Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section.
Required Attachments:

  • Articles of incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS determination letter
  • List of officers and directors
  • Professional fundraising contracts
Fact Checked:4/14/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Organizations based in Oregon file Form CT-12. Out-of-state organizations file Form CT-12F.

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$10-200, depending on Oregon revenue and fund balance held in Oregon. Make check payable to "Oregon Department of Justice"

Due:

Due annually 4.5 months after the close or your organization's fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, then the report is due May 15.

Due Date Extension:

Due dates can be extended for 180 days beyond the original due date by submitting a request for extension through the online portal.

Penalties:

Late fees range from $20 to $100 depending on how late the renewal filing is.

Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS form 990
  • Audited financials (if applicable)
  • List of officers and directors
  • Only if amended: IRS determination letter, articles of incorporation, and bylaws
Fact Checked:2/4/20

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days

Notes:

Email charitable@doj.state.or.us to update fiscal year.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Cancellation

Form:

Form CT-12 or Form CT-12F

Notes:

To close out your registration, file the CT-12 form and follow the instructions listed in the Final Report section.

Fact Checked:7/14/20

Individual Licenses

Oregon Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Oregon Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



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

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 Oregon.

Learn about fundraising in other states:

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