Rhode Island 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

Rhode Island Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Rhode Island Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Organization Age Requirement:

2 years of continuous existence in Rhode Island immediately preceeding licensure.

Initial Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Form:

Weekly Bingos Application

Agency fee:

$5

Registration Renewal

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Form:

Weekly Bingos Application (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$5

Due:

Annually by September 1.

Rhode Island Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



Rhode Island statutes do not address charitable gift annuities, but division of insurance rules exempt charitable organizations from disclosure rules that apply to other entities.

Rhode Island Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
Law:

Rhode Island General Laws §7-6-1 and following

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities that received less than $25,000 in contributions during their most recent fiscal year and do not use professional solicitors
  • Educational institutions
  • Appeals for individuals
  • Membership organizations
  • Nonprofit hospitals
  • Religious organizations
  • Certain veterans' organizations
  • Public libraries
  • Historical societies
  • Free public art museums
  • Grange organizations
  • Volunteer fire and rescue organizations
  • Land trusts
Notes:

Charities must register within 30 days if they exceed $25,000 in contributions.

Initial Registration

Form:

Charitable Organizations Application

Filing method:

Online or submitted on CD-Rom or on a USB flash drive (paper filings are not accepted)

Agency fee:

$90 + $3 online filing fee.

Notes:
  • Make check payable to General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island
  • Read the exemptions carefully as there are many limitations to each exemption category.
  • Note the list of attachments that first-time registrants must attach to the application.
  • Some Rhode Island counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Charitable Organizations Application

Filing method:

Online or mail the form on CD-ROM (paper filings are not accepted)

Agency fee:

$90 + $3 online filing fee.

Due:

By the anniversary of initial registration.

Notes:
  • Make check payable to General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island
  • You must attach an annual financial report.

Rhode Island Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Rhode Island Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation

Initial Registration

Form:

Fundraising Counsel Application

Filing method:Flash drive, CD-ROM, or online.

Agency fee:

$240

Registration Renewal

Form:

Fundraising Counsel Application (Renewal)

Filing method:Flash drive, CD-ROM, or online.

Agency fee:

$240

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Rhode Island Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.dbr.state.ri.us/divisions/charitable/

Agency fee:

$240

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.dbr.state.ri.us/divisions/charitable/

Agency fee:

$240

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Rhode Island Raffle License

Game Type:

Raffles

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Law:

RI Stat. § 11-19-31 et seq.

Initial Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Form:

Raffle Application

Agency fee:

$5

Law:

RI Stat. § 11-19-31 et seq.

Notes:

Raffle applications should be submitted to the local police department in the town or city where the raffle will be held.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Raffle licenses are issued for a single event date.

More information: Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit

Rhode Island Senior Citizen's Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Age Restrictions:

Participants must be 55 or older.

Prize Limits:

The maximum aggregate daily prize is $400.

Initial Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Form:

Senior Citizen's Bingo Application

Agency fee:

$5

Registration Renewal

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Agency fee:

$5

Due:

Annually

Rhode Island Special (One-Time) Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit

Initial Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Form:

Special (One-Time) Bingo Application

Agency fee:

$5

Registration Renewal

Not required



Special bingo licenses are issued for a single event and cannot be renewed.

More information: Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit

Individual Licenses

Rhode Island Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Rhode Island Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.dbr.state.ri.us/divisions/charitable/

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by June 30.

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