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.

Make sure your fundraising activities meet the unique requirements of each jurisdiction where you’re soliciting. Feel free to explore, bookmark, and share!

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Company Licenses

Rhode Island Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Rhode Island Bingo License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$5

Registration Renewal

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$5

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

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

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$90 + $3 online filing fee.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Rhode Island Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$240

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$240

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Rhode Island Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$240

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$240

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Rhode Island Raffle License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Prize Limits: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$5

Registration Renewal

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

$5

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Rhode Island Special (One-Time) Bingo License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Rhode Island Division of State Police - Charitable Gaming Unit

Initial Registration

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

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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