Texas 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

Texas Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Texas Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Texas Lottery - Charitable Bingo Operations Division
Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old. Minors accompanied by a parent or legal guardian are allowed to play bingo.

Initial Registration

Agency:Texas Lottery - Charitable Bingo Operations Division
Form:

Form ID-1: Application for an Original License to Conduct Bingo

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Agency:Texas Lottery - Charitable Bingo Operations Division
Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Texas Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Texas Department of Insurance
Organization Age Requirement:

3 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement:

$100,000

Disclosure Details:

Charities must disclose that "The charitable gift annuity is not insurance under the laws of this state; not subject to regulation by the department; and not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the department.".

Legal Notes:

TX Stat. Title 2 Subtitle B § 102.001 et seq.

Initial Registration

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Texas charities must provide notice on the day they first enter into a charitable gift annuity agreement. Notices must identify the organization, certify that the organization is a charity and that the annuities issued are qualified charitable gift annuities, and be signed by an officer or director.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Texas Charitable Solicitation Registration

Agency:Texas Secretary of State - Registrations Unit

Automatic Exemption

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Only certain public safety organizations, independent promoters, public safety publications, veterans organizations, and telephone solicitors are required to register. All other charities are automatically exempt.

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/statforms.shtml#NPUF

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • Registration is only required for certain public safety organizations, independent promoters, public safety publications, veterans organizations, and telephone solicitors.
  • Some Texas counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/statforms.shtml#NPUF

Due:

Renewal for telephone solicitation, public safety organizations, independent promotors, and public safety publications is due annually by the registration anniversary date.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Texas Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Texas 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 Texas, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Texas Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



Texas does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration is not required for fundraising counsels in Texas, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Texas Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Texas Secretary of State - Registrations Unit

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/statforms.shtml#TSF

Agency fee:

$200

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/statforms.shtml#TSF

Agency fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Texas Raffle License

Not required



Texas does not issue permits for charitable raffles at the state level, however, charities must follow the relevant state laws when conducting a raffle. Charities can only host 2 raffle events per calendar year.

Texas Temporary Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Texas Lottery - Charitable Bingo Operations Division

Initial Registration

Agency:Texas Lottery - Charitable Bingo Operations Division
Form:

Form ID-20: Original Application for Temporary Bingo Occasions for Non-Licensed Organization

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Not required



Temporary licenses allow for a single bingo event, so there is no need to renew.

More information: Texas Lottery - Charitable Bingo Operations Division

Individual Licenses

Texas Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Texas 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 Texas.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration is not required for individual solicitors in Texas, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



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