Virginia 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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Virginia Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Virginia Charitable Gaming Licenses

Game Type:

Bingo, raffles, and pull-tabs.

Agency:Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP)
Organization Age Requirement:

3 years of continuous existence in Virginia.

Age Restrictions:

Instant bingo, pull tab, and seal card game participants must be at least 18 years old.

Prize Limits:

The maximum bingo prize for a single game is $100, and bingo jackpots may not exceed $1,000. Raffle prizes must be valued at $100,000 or less.

Legal Notes:

VA Stat. § 18.2-340.15 et seq.

Initial Registration

Agency:Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP)
Form:

Bingo/Raffle Application

Agency fee:

$200

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Organizations expecting to receive less than $40,000 in bingo or raffle gross receipts may not need a permit.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP)
Form:

Bingo/Raffle Application (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Virginia Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



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.

Virginia Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP)
Legal Notes:

Virginia Code Annotated §57-48 thorugh 57-61.1; Virginia Administrative Code, Title 2, §5-610-10 through 5-610-40. Virginia Solicitation of Contributions Law

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Churches and associations of churches
  • Political parties or political campaign committees
Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Churches and associations of churches
  • Educational organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Membership organizations
  • Civic organizations
  • Appeals for individuals
  • Nonprofits that solicit only through grant proposals
  • Trade associations
  • Organizations that solicit in 5 or fewer contiguous cities and counties
  • No cost health care institutions
  • Regional medical emergency service providers
  • Nonprofit debt counseling agencies
  • Organization that raise less than $5,000 per year in public contributions during prior 3 calendar years and current calendar year and do not use paid solicitors
Form:

Form 100: Virginia Exemption Application for Charitable or Civic Organization

Agency fee:

$10

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Exemptions do not expire as long as the organization continues to qualify under the exemption criteria.

Initial Registration

Form:

URS or Form OCRP-102: Registration Statement for a Charitable Organization

Instructions:

VDACS: Rules Governing the Solicitation of Contributions.

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$100 initial registration fee + $30-325, depending on gross contributions ($10 if exempt)

Due:

Every charitable organization, except as otherwise provided for in the VSOC, which intends to solicit contributions within the Commonwealth, or have funds solicited on its behalf, is required to file an initial registration statement with OCRP, prior to any solicitation.  You must file a registration application or exemption prior to fundraising.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • File the original - copies are not allowed.
  • The CFO and President must sign.
  • Note the list of attachments that first-time registrants must attach to the application.
  • Some Virginia counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form OCRP-102: Registration Statement for a Charitable Organization

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$30-325, depending on gross contributions

Due:

Renewal is due annually 4.5 months after the close of your fiscal year. So if your fiscal calendar ends December 31, then renewal is due by May 15.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • File the original - copies are not allowed.
  • The CFO and President must sign.
  • Attach your annual financial report.

Change of Fiscal Year

Form:

Form OCRP-102: Registration Statement for a Charitable Organization

Agency fee:

Varies

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Indicate change of fiscal year on the form and submit the financial statement reflecting the new fiscal year.

Virginia Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Virginia 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 Virginia, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Virginia Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP)

Initial Registration

Form:

Form 103: Professional Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form 103: Professional Fundraising Counsel Registration (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required

Virginia Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP)
Bond Requirements:

$20,000

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 solicitation notice for each campaign and on the anniversary of the campaign. Also file page one of the notice upon cancellation.

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/food-charitable-solicitation.shtml

Agency fee:

$500

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/food-charitable-solicitation.shtml

Agency fee:

$500

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Individual Licenses

Virginia Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Virginia 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 Virginia.

Initial Registration

Not required



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

Registration Renewal

Not required



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