Wisconsin 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

Wisconsin Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Wisconsin Bingo License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Wisconsin Division of Gaming - Office of Charitable Gaming
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Age Restrictions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Prize Limits: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:Wisconsin Division of Gaming - Office of Charitable Gaming
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$10 fee for each bingo occasion + $5 fee for the designated member.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Wisconsin Division of Gaming - Office of Charitable Gaming
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$10 fee for each bingo occasion + $5 fee for the designated member.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Bingo reports must be filed every 6 months along with the occupational tax payment.

Wisconsin Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities.

Wisconsin Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions - Division of Banking
Law:

Wisconsin Statutes Ch.220; Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter RL 5

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$15

Notes:
  • Note the list of 17 attachments that first-time registrants must attach to the application. This includes disclosing contracts with professional fundraisers.
  • The Preseident and CFO must sign. Signatures must be notarized.
  • Some Wisconsin counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal
Charitable Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$54

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • There are two renewal filings for charitable organizations: charitable registration renewal and charitable organization annual report.
  • This annual renewal is different than the corporate annual financial report filed with DFI.
  • The renewal period closes September 30th. After this date, you must file a new initial registration.
  • You may not file for an extension of the due date.
  • A CPA audit is required for large nonprofits.

Registration Renewal
Charitable Organization Annual Financial Report

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • There are two renewal filings for charitable organizations: charitable registration renewal and charitable organization annual report.

Change of Fiscal Year

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Submit the short year financials during the standard renewal process.

Wisconsin Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Wisconsin 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



Wisconsin Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) - Corporation Section
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Wisconsin Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) - Corporation Section
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50

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

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

A final accounting of each fundraising event should be kept for three years and presented upon request.

Wisconsin Raffle License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Wisconsin Division of Gaming - Office of Charitable Gaming
Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Agency:Wisconsin Division of Gaming - Office of Charitable Gaming
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Agency:Wisconsin Division of Gaming - Office of Charitable Gaming
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$25

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Individual Licenses

Wisconsin Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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