Ongoing Charity Registration Requirements

You may already know that your charity or nonprofit has to register in any state where you’ll be seeking donations. For those groups who use social media to raise funds, this can mean meeting the requirements of almost forty states before you ever embark on a fundraising project. While that is certainly a paperwork nightmare, what you may not know is that registering once simply isn’t good enough. In most cases, there are ongoing registration requirements with which you must comply.

Once and Done?

Filling out the paperwork to register your charity is a nightmare. Just deciding whether you’re required to register and which states you should register in is rough enough. After you’re done, though, you’re not truly done. Instead, you have to look at renewal guidelines on a state by state basis. While most states and the District of Columbia require you to renew your registration on an annual basis, not all of them do. Some of them —  Arizona, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming — don’t require registration at all. Some of them require renewal separately from annual financial reporting. Learning exactly what to expect can be difficult.

Is Renewal Hard?

Some states have managed to streamline the process a bit so that you can renew without a hassle using much of the same information you submitted initially. Unfortunately, like every other aspect of charity registration, that’s not always the case. There are states that require you to complete the same level of paperwork you did the first time during the course of renewal.

Is There an Easier Way?

Absolutely!! We can help!! Whether you’re registering the first time or trying to get your organization renewed to meet ongoing requirements, we make it easier than ever to make sure your group is complying with the standards in all applicable states, which is a must if you plan to raise funds in more than one state. To learn more, get started now.

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