South Carolina 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

South Carolina Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

South Carolina Bingo License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:South Carolina Department of Revenue - Bingo Licensing and Enforcement Unit
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:South Carolina Department of Revenue - Bingo Licensing and Enforcement Unit
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.

Renewal Not Required

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
Law:

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

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

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

Registration to Obtain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Law:

SC Code § 33-56-50

Renewal to Maintain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50 + $2 online filing fee.

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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50 + $2 online filing fee.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

South Carolina Professional Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Public Charities
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

South Carolina Professional Fundraising Solicitor Registration

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

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

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

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Individual Licenses

South Carolina Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

South Carolina Individual Professional Solicitor Registration

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

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

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

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