West Virginia 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

West Virginia Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

West Virginia Charitable Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:West Virginia State Tax Department
Organization Age Requirement:

2 years of continuous existence in West Virginia immediately preceeding licensure.

Age Restrictions:

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

Prize Limits:

Except for super bingo licenses, the average total prize value of a single bingo event is limited to $10,000.

Initial Registration

Agency:West Virginia State Tax Department
Form:

Form BGO-1: Application for Bingo License

Agency fee:

Varies by license type: $500 for annual license, $50 for annual senior license, $100 for limited license, $500 for state fair license, and $5,000 for super license.

Registration Renewal

Agency:West Virginia State Tax Department
Form:

Form BGO-1: Application for Bingo License (Renewal)

Agency fee:

Varies by license type: $500 for annual license, $50 for annual senior license, $100 for limited license, $500 for state fair license, and $5,000 for super license.

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

West Virginia Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner
Law:

WV Code § 33-13B-1 et seq.

Organization Age Requirement:

3 years of continuous existence immediately preceeding licensure.

Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement:

$300,000

Initial Registration

Notes:

West Virginia 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



West Virginia Charitable Raffle License

Game Type:

Raffles

Agency:West Virginia State Tax Department

Initial Registration

Agency:West Virginia State Tax Department
Form:

Form RAF-1: Application for Raffle License

Agency fee:

Varies by license type: $500 for annual license, $50 for limited license, and $500 for state fair license.

Registration Renewal

Agency:West Virginia State Tax Department
Form:

Form RAF-1: Application for Raffle License (Renewal)

Agency fee:

Varies by license type: $500 for annual license, $50 for limited license, and $500 for state fair license.

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

West Virginia Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



West 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.

Registration Not Required

Not required



West Virginia Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:West Virginia Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Initial Registration

Form:

Form CHF: Registration Statement of Fund-Raising Counsel

Agency fee:

$100

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form CHF: Registration Statement of Fund-Raising Counsel (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Annually

Notarize:Required

West Virginia Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:West Virginia Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

West Virginia Registration of Charitable Organization

Agency:West Virginia Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division
Law:

West Virginia Code §29-19-1 through 29-19-6

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Accredited educational institutions
  • Appeals for individuals
  • Nonprofit hospitals and nursing homes
  • Membership organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Special fund-raising events for a registered charity
  • Charities which raise less than $25,000 per year and do not employ a professional fundraiser

Initial Registration

Form:

Registration of Charitable Organization

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$15-50, depending on the type of organization  ($0 if exempt)

Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments that first-time registrants must attach to the application. This includes disclosing contracts with professional fundraisers.
  • The CFO and another authorized officer. Signatures must be notarized.
  • Some West Virginia counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Registration of Charitable Organization

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$15-50, depending on the type of organization

Due:

Renewal is due annually by the anniverary of your initial registration.

Notes:
  • Remember to attach the annual financial report.
  • The CFO and and another authorized officer. Signatures must be notarized.

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days

Notes:

Email the state to inform them of the change.

Individual Licenses

West Virginia Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

West 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 West Virginia.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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