Vermont 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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Vermont Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Vermont Charitable Gaming License

Not required



Charitable Gaming licensure is not required on the State level in Vermont.

Vermont does not require nonprofit organizations to hold a state level license or permit in order to host a charitable gaming event, however, organizations must adhere to the relevant state laws when hosting a gaming event. Organizations that conduct gaming activities are typically required to report to the Department of Taxes.

Vermont Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



Charitable Gift Annuity licensure is not required on the State level in Vermont.

No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Organizations described by section 501(c)(3) or section 170(c) of the internal revenue code are exempt from insurance regulation related to charitable gift annuities as long as they meet the qualifying conditions.

Law:

9 V.S.A. § 2517

Vermont Charitable Solicitation Registration

Not required



Charitable Solicitation Registration licensure is not required on the State level in Vermont.

  • Some Vermont counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Vermont Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Commercial Co-venturer licensure is not required on the State level in Vermont.

Vermont 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.

Vermont Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Vermont.

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

(8) "Paid fundraiser" means a person who, for financial consideration, solicits contributions from persons in this State, either directly or through employees, agents, or those with whom the paid fundraiser is in privity. A paid fundraiser does not include:

(A) Any person who, for compensation, plans, manages, advises, or consults in connection with the solicitation of contributions in this State, but does not solicit contributions; except that if the compensation is in whole or in part dependent on the number or value of contributions received, the person shall be considered a paid fundraiser.

(B) Any person who for profit is regularly and primarily engaged in trade or commerce in this State other than in connection with the raising of funds for charitable purposes and who represents to the public that an amount per unit of goods or services purchased by the public will benefit a charitable purpose.

(C) A bona fide officer or employee of a charitable organization.

(D) A person who solicits for an educational institution at which he or she is a bona fide student, unless the person is paid compensation that is in whole or in part dependent upon the number or value of contributions received.

Vermont Paid Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Vermont Office of the Attorney General
Bond Requirements:

$20,000

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

Annually

Contract Filing

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

File a notice of charitable solicitation at least 10 days prior to the start of the performance of the contract.

Financial Reporting

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

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.

Individual Licenses

Vermont Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Vermont Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



Professional Solicitor licensure is not required on the State level in Vermont.

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 Vermont.

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