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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.
Make sure your fundraising activities meet the unique requirements of each jurisdiction where
you’re soliciting. Feel free to explore, bookmark, and share!
Minnesota Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses
Minnesota Bingo Exclusion
Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:
Bingo exclusions may apply to organizations that host four or fewer bingo events during a calendar year or conduct a bingo event for up to 12 consecutive days at a county fair, civic celebration, or the state fair.
Exclusions only apply to a single calendar year, so charities must reapply each year.
Minnesota Charitable Gift Annuity Registration
Charitable Gift Annuity licensure is not required on the State level in Minnesota.
No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Minnesota statutes exempt religious, educational, benevolent, fraternal, charitable, social, athletic, and reformatory organizations from security regulation related to charitable gift annuities.
Organizations that did not receive and do not plan to receive total contributions in excess of $25,000 from the public in or out of the State of Minnesota during any accounting year and the organization’s functions and activities are performed wholly by volunteers and the organization does not employ a professional fundraiser (the direct cost of prizes given to the public in connection with charitable gambling may be excluded in determining the total amount of contributions)
Religious societies or organizations that are exempt from filing a federal annual informational return pursuant to Internal Revenue Code, section 6033(a)(3)(A)(i) and (iii) and Internal Revenue Code, section 6033(a)(3)(C)(i)
Educational institutions which are under the general supervision of the commissioner of education, the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, or the University of Minnesota or any educational institution that is accredited by the University of Minnesota or the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, or by any other national or regional accrediting association
Fraternal, patriotic, social, educational, alumni, professional, trade, or learned society organizations which limit the solicitation of contributions to persons who have the right to vote as a member (the term “member” does not include those persons who are granted membership upon making a contribution as the result of a solicitation)
Organizations soliciting solely for a named person and all of the contributions received are transferred to the named person with no restrictions on the person’s expenditure of the contributions and with no deductions whatsoever
Private foundations, as defined in section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, which did not solicit contributions from more than 100 persons during their last accounting year
Charities that are exempt under the $25,000 or less in contribution clause or membership organization clause are not eligible for exemption if they employ a professional fund-raiser to solicit or assist in the solicitation of contributions.
Exemptions do not expire as long as the organization continues to qualify under the exemption criteria.
A professional fundraiser is any person who, for compensation or profit, performs for a charitable organization any service in connection with which contributions are, or will be, solicited. This includes any person who plans, manages, advises, consults, or prepares material for or with respect to the solicitation of contributions.
Solicitor vs. Consultant. Professional fundraisers are treated differently depending on whether they are involved in soliciting contributions or only consult or assist a charity without soliciting. Soliciting professional fundraisers are those who request, either directly or indirectly, a contribution to the charity. The terms “solicit” and “solicitation” are very broadly defined under Minnesota law. They include not only written and verbal requests for contributions, but also advertising for charitable events and the sale of goods or services that benefit a charity (among other things). See Minn. Stat. § 309.50, subd. 10. A consulting professional fundraiser is not involved in soliciting contributions in any manner. A consulting professional fundraiser instead, for example, advises the charity on how to run its own solicitation campaign or prepares materials that the charity will use to solicit on its own.
Minnesota Professional Fundraiser Registration
Minnesota Attorney General - Charities
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:
A $20,000 surety bond is required for entities with custody of or access to contributions.
Initial registrations are not accepted without a copy of a contract the counsel has entered into with a charitable organization.
Documents must be in PDF format and named in an identifying manner (e.g., PFR Registration Statement).
Each contract must:
Be in writing;
Contain information which will enable the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office to identify the services the professional fundraiser is to provide, including whether the professional fundraiser will at any time have access to or custody of contributions; and
The contract must disclose the percentage or a reasonable estimate of the percentage of the total amount solicited from each person which will be received by the charitable organization. • For example, a professional fundraiser and a charitable organization estimate that a solicitation campaign will yield $10,000 in contributions. The charitable organization agrees to pay the professional fundraiser a flat fee of $2,500. In this example, the estimated percentage of funds received by the charitable organization from the campaign is 75%. Unless a charitable organization pays a professional fundraiser nothing, the estimated percentage retained by the charitable organization is unlikely to be 100%.
Before you Apply:
List all other names and addresses under which this Professional Fundraiser has been known or operated or is known or operates
List the name and home address of all organizers, owners, members, partners, or shareholders holding 25% or more of the ownership shares or stock in the registered entity
Names, addresses, and titles of all officers, directors, and key employees
Details about any criminal or civil action involving claims of fraud, conversion, mismanagement of funds, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, or any other claim involving dishonesty
Details about any instances where your right to solicit contributions ever been denied, suspended, limited, revoked, or enjoined by any state or by any court or are there any proceedings requesting such relief
A list of all other states in which you are registered
A list all charitable organizations for which registrant is currently obligated to act as a professional fundraiser.
For each, provide the complete legal name, EIN, and address, and indicate whether the contract is currently on file or attached with the application
A list of all employees, officers, or directors ever been employed by and/or affiliated with any of the organizations identified in your list of charitable organizations within the last five (5) years
A surety bond if you will have custody of or access to either property and/or money from solicitation at any time
A copy of every contract between each charitable organization and the professional fundraiser.
A completed solicitation notice on the appropriate form, if the professional fundraiser or any person the professional fundraiser employs, procures, engages, or solicits contributions in Minnesota
A financial report for previous campaigns in Minnesota if the professional fundraiser previously solicited contributions in Minnesota, unless the report has already been filed.
The financial report should be on the form available at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office’s website
Minnesota Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration
Professional Solicitor licensure is not required on the State level in Minnesota.
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 Minnesota.
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