South Carolina 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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South Carolina Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

South Carolina Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:South Carolina Department of Revenue - Bingo Licensing and Enforcement Unit
Organization Age Requirement:

2 years of continuous existence in South Carolina immediately preceeding licensure.

Initial Registration

Agency:South Carolina Department of Revenue - Bingo Licensing and Enforcement Unit
Form:

Form L-2058: Application for Bingo License Nonprofit Organization

Agency fee:

$4,000 for Class AA license, $1,000 for Class B license, $0 for Class C license, $100 for no more than 10 days or $200 for more than 10 days for Class D license, $500 for Class E license, $100 for Class F license.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Not required



Bingo licenses do not need to be renewed unless the submitted information changes.

More information: South Carolina Department of Revenue - Bingo Licensing and Enforcement Unit

South Carolina Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. South Carolina exempts charitable, religious, benevolent, and educational organizations from insurance laws related to charitable gift annuities as long as they have been in existence for at least 5 years. For-profit entities, including nursing homes, are not exempt.

South Carolina Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Public Charities
Legal Notes:

South Carolina Code Annotated §33-56-10 and following

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Religious organizations
  • Political organizations
Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Religious organizations and political candidates and groups are automatically exempt from registration.

Registration to Obtain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Educational institutions
  • Appeals for individuals
  • IRS tax-exempt organizations that raised less than $20,000 in contributions during the calendar year and do not use professional fundraisers
  • Membership organizations
  • Congressionally chartered veterans' organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Charities do not receive more than $7,500 in contributions during the calendar year.
Form:

Application for Registration Exemption

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Exemption Renewal

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Educational institutions
  • Appeals for individuals
  • IRS tax-exempt organizations that raised less than $20,000 in contributions during the calendar year and do not use professional fundraisers
  • Membership organizations
  • Congressionally chartered veterans' organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Charities do not receive more than $7,500 in contributions during the calendar year.
Form:

Application for Registration Exemption (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Annually within 4.5 months after the organization's fiscal year end.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Initial Registration

Form:

Registration Statement for a Charitable Organization

Filing method:

Online or mail.

Agency fee:

$50 + $2 online filing fee.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • You must file either the registration or the exemption.
  • The CEO and CFO must sign.
  • Note the list of attachments that first-time registrants must attach to the application.
  • Late registration forms may result in a fine of up to $2,000 against the charitable organization.
  • Some South Carolina counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal
Annual Registration Statement

Form:

Registration Statement for a Charitable Organization or Application For Registration Exemption

Filing method:

Online or mail.

Agency fee:

$50 + $2 online filing fee.

Due:

Renewal must be filed annually within 4.5 months after the close of your fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, then file by May 15.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Penalties:

Late registration may result in a fine of up to $2,000 against the charitable organization.

Notes:
  • The CEO and CFO must sign.
  • You must file an annual financial report with the Secretary of State. If this has not yet been filed, file it with your renewal.
  • The exemption form must be resubmitted annually.

Registration Renewal
Annual Financial Report

Form:

Annual Financial Report for a Charitable Organization 

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Email charities@sos.sc.gov to update fiscal year.

South Carolina Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Public Charities
Financial Report Requirements:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Registration Application for a Commercial Co-Venturer

Agency fee:

$50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Registration Application for a Commercial Co-Venturer (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

South Carolina Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Public Charities
Contract Filing Requirements:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Registration Application for a Professional Fundraising Counsel

Agency fee:

$50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Registration Application for a Professional Fundraising Counsel (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

South Carolina Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Public Charities
Bond Requirements:

$15,000

Financial Report Requirements:

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

Contract Filing Requirements:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.sos.sc.gov/Professional_Fundraisers_and_Solicitors

Agency fee:

$50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.sos.sc.gov/Professional_Fundraisers_and_Solicitors

Agency fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Individual Licenses

South Carolina Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

South Carolina Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Public Charities

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.sos.sc.gov/Professional_Fundraisers_and_Solicitors

Agency fee:

$50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.sos.sc.gov/Professional_Fundraisers_and_Solicitors

Agency fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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