Tennessee 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

Tennessee Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Tennessee Charitable Gaming Licenses

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Prize Limits: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

TN Code § 3-17-101 et seq.

Initial Registration

Agency:Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$150 for estimated gross game revenue of $5,000 or less, $300 for gross game revenue between $5,000 and $10,000, $450 for gross game revenue between $10,000 and $20,000, and $600 for gross game revenue greater than $20,000.

Notes:

The law allows charities to hold a single gaming event over the course of a year. The application period runs from July 1st through January 31st.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$150 for estimated gross game revenue of $5,000 or less, $300 for gross game revenue between $5,000 and $10,000, $450 for gross game revenue between $10,000 and $20,000, and $600 for gross game revenue greater than $20,000.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Tennessee Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance
Law:

TN Code § 56-52-101 through TN Code § 56-52-111

Audit Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$675

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Charities must maintain a separate reserve fund that contains either 110% of the reserves required by TN Code § 56-52-104(b) or the total amount of donations for outstanding charitable gift annuities.

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

In addition to renewing the certificate of authority, charities should also submit an annual report within 90 days after the close of their fiscal year.

Tennessee Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming
Law:

Tennessee Code Annotated §48-101-501 and following

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration to Obtain Exemption

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

$0

Notes:

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

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

$50

Notes:
  • The CFO and another officer must sign. Signatures need not be notarized.
  • Note the list of attachments that first-time registrants must attach to the application.
  • Remember to attach the Summary of Financial Activities form. If your nonprofit registers during its first year, it must file a quarterly financial report.
  • Some Tennessee counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

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

$80-240, depending on gross revenue

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • The CFO and another officer must sign. Signatures need not be notarized.
  • Remember to attach the Summary of Financial Activities form

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Send the state a copy of the short IRS 990 once it is available.

Tennessee Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Tennessee 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



Tennessee Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



Tennessee no longer requires fundraising counsels to register.

More information: Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming

Registration Not Required

Not required



Tennessee Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$250

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$250

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
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Individual Licenses

Tennessee Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Tennessee Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



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 Tennessee.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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