Washington 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

Washington Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Washington Charitable Gaming Licenses

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Washington State Gambling Commission
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:Washington State Gambling Commission
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

See fee schedule.

Notes:

Washington allows charities to conduct a number of gaming activities for charitable purposes.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Washington State Gambling Commission
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

See fee schedule.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Washington Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Law:

RCW § 48.38.010 through RCW § 48.38.075 and WAC § 284-38

Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Audit Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$25

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Approved organization must establish a separate reserve fund that follows the standards of RCW § 48.74.030.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$25 + $5 per annuity issued during the previous calendar year.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

In addition to filing the annual report, charities must also submit a public inspection copy of their IRS form 990 within 15 days of its filing with the IRS.

Washington Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Washington Secretary of State - Charities Program
Law:

Washington Revised Code Annotated §19.09.020 and following; Washington Administrative Code §434-120-100 through 434-120-175

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

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

RCW 19.09.020 and RCW 19.09.081

Notes:

Exempt organizations can elect to file an Optional Registration for Charitable Organization application with the secretary of state.

Initial Registration

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

$60 + optional $50 expedite fee for 2-3 business day processing. ($0 if exempt)

Notes:
  • The URS is no longer accepted as of September 12, 2014.
  • Note the list of attachments that first-time registrants must attach to the application. This includes disclosing contracts with professional fundraisers.
  • Some Washington 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:

$40 + optional $50 expedite fee for 2-3 business day processing

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • The late fee is assessed by the received date, not the postmarked date. The state accepts overnight/express mail at a different mailing address.
  • Attach your annual financial report.
  • The URS is no longer accepted as of September 12, 2014.

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$20

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Change of Fiscal Year

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

$0 by mail or $20 online.

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Washington Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Washington 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



Washington Commercial Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Washington Secretary of State - Charities Program
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$300

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$225

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

Washington Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



Fundraising counsels are exempt from Washington's registration requirements.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

Washington Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Washington 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 Washington.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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