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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:West Virginia State Tax Department
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Prize Limits: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:West Virginia State Tax Department
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Minimum Unrestricted Cash or Cash Equivalent Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:West Virginia State Tax Department

Initial Registration

Agency:West Virginia State Tax Department
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

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

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

West Virginia Professional Fundraiser Registration

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

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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

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

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

WVC § 29-19-6

Initial Registration

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

$15 if the organization raised less than $1M and $50 if the organization raised more than $1M.

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

$15 if the organization raised less than $1M and $50 if the organization raised more than $1M.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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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