Fundraising Counsel Registration

Compliance Solutions for Fundraising Counsel

  • 1-on-1 support from your dedicated Registration Specialist
  • Full-service management of initial registration, ongoing renewals, and campaign filings
  • No upfront payment required-get started today



We Simplify Fundraising Counsel Registration and Campaign Management

Keeping up with fundraising counsel registration requirements across 28 states can be difficult. Don’t waste time navigating state requirements. Labyrinth, Inc. has been the nonprofit sector’s go-to source of fundraising compliance services for over 30 years. Our experts will prepare and submit your fundraising counsel registration applications and manage your campaign filings for you.

Support for Both Sides of the Campaign

Before launching a campaign, the fundraising firm must meet fundraising counsel registration requirements, and nonprofits must follow state charitable registration laws. State registration for fundraising counsel can be complex, but you don't have to go it alone.

For Counsel

Whether this is your first campaign or you’ve advised on development strategies for years, your dedicated Registration Specialist will assess your current status, work with you to determine the appropriate path forward, and complete your filings on your behalf.


For Nonprofits

Charitable registration is a required prerequisite to engaging in campaigns assisted by fundraising counsel. We'll handle the initial fundraising registration if your organization isn’t registered. If it is registered, we’ll manage the renewals going forward and coordinate filings with your fundraising vendor.


Everything You Need to Put Fundraising Counsel Filings on Autopilot

Managed Services

Your dedicated Registration Specialist prepares and files all the following documents on your behalf. We track and manage renewal filings and related deadlines to keep you current.

  • Fundraising Counsel Firm Registrations
  • Contract Submittals
  • Commencement Notices
  • Contract Amendments
  • Contract Extensions


Clients gain access to our network of nonprofit attorneys who can, for a separate fee, advise in drafting contracts.

We also have partners to help you meet state surety bonding requirements quickly and affordably.

Professional Fundraisers vs. Fundraising Counsel: What’s The Difference?

Both types of organizations support the charitable sector but engage with it differently. The table below provides answers to the most common questions we hear.

  Fundraising Counsel Professional Fundraisers
Role in fundraising campaigns Advise and consult on campaigns but generally are not directly involved in executing the campaign Take an active role and are directly involved in executing the campaign
Involvement in soliciting May advise on how the ask is made, but typically do not make it themselves Generally make the direct ask for funds
Custody of funds Generally don’t take control of the funds raised May take custody of the funds raised which are later disbursed to the nonprofit
Alternate names
  • Fund-Raising Counsel
  • Professional Fundraising Counsel
  • Professional Fundraiser
  • Fund-Raising Consultant
  • Professional Fund-Raiser
  • Professional Solicitor
  • Professional Fundraiser
  • Fundraising Firm
Count of states with registration requirements 28 states have registration requirements while additional filing or reporting requirements may exist 42 states have registration requirements while additional filing or reporting requirements may exist
Common services
  • Gala/Fundraising event planning
  • Development consulting
  • Grantwriting consulting
  • Telemarketing
  • Direct mail
  • In-person, strategic development

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

1What filing requirements apply to fundraising counsel?
In addition to general corporate registration requirements, fundraising counsel must generally obtain registrations before launching campaigns in a state. They must first register through the relevant jurisdiction agency, most often the attorney general’s office. The registration applications often required surety bonds. Requirements vary by jurisdiction, but most states require nonprofit client contracts to be submitted.
2What are the consequences of failing to register in a state?
Individuals and firms operating without a registration can be liable for penalty fees and criminal charges.
3Must nonprofits also register?
Yes, nonprofits that raise funds from the public must meet charitable registration requirements. States regulate charitable solicitation, and the requirements vary by jurisdiction. Forty-one jurisdictions currently require nonprofits to register to solicit their residents.

Comprehensive Support for Your Compliance Needs

Gain peace of mind and return to your mission-driven work. Leverage our comprehensive compliance services today.

Raising funds in multiple states?

Rely on us to manage your charity registrations.

Registering to operate in a new state?

Turn to us to manage your foreign qualification project.

Tracking annual report deadlines?

Allow us to track, prepare, and file your annual reports.

Solutions to Manage Fundraising Counsel Filings

  • 1-on-1 support from your dedicated Registration Specialist
  • Full-service management of initial registration, ongoing renewals, and campaign filings
  • No upfront payment required-get started today


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Check out our complete library of testimonials to learn more about how we support nonprofit organizations just like yours.

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I really appreciate the efficiency and the fact that I don’t have to think about it…I just forward everything to [my Registration Specialist], and she takes care of it.
 ~ Erin Riley Strong – FRESH EYES DIGITAL
Stetson University
One of the best vendor decisions we’ve ever made. I don’t know why we ever wrestled with all our state compliance filings in house. Labyrinth took all of the pain out of the process, and at a price point that made the decision obvious.
Amirah inc
Labyrinth made obtaining licenses for our out of state satellite office a breeze! Their customer service is top notch! They always respond to my requests within a day if not sooner. I sleep well at night knowing that Labyrinth is in our corner! They take the guess work out of state licensing! Don’t bother looking for another company! Let Labyrinth navigate the web of confusion for you!
~ Cheri Crider – AMIRAH INC.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
We’ve used Labyrinth for over seven years now and I have found their work and customer service to be great. Never had a single problem with all our state charity registrations over the years. We’ve been moving work being done by other companies to Labyrinth (like corporate registrations) to Labyrinth because we trust their work. Highly recommended!
~ David L ~ NAMI
Jewish Voice For Peace
Great experience working with Labyrinth for business and charitable registrations.
~ Elizabeth Ingenthron – A JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE, INC.
Children Incorporated
Labyrinth is incredible! They have been managing our state registrations for about five years, and it has made our work so much easier. They save us time and effort, and they always come through for us. Highly recommended!
~ Ron Carter – CHILDREN, INC.
Nation Rowing Foundation
Amazingly proactive and throughly professional, and competent. Nice people, too!
Asia Frontier Outreach
The expertise, timeliness, and responsiveness of the Labyrinth team is excellent. They have been a lifesaver to our organization.
Vision Synergy
State registrations for charity compliance? No, thank you! I DO NOT want to understand it. THANK YOU Labyrinth, you are worth every penny & all whom I’ve worked with have been great.
~ Diana Mansour – VISIONSYNERGY
Grey2K USA Worldwide
We trust the professionals at Labyrinth with all our registration and reporting needs!
~ Christine Dorchak – GREY2K USA WORLDWIDE, INC.
JBI International
I have been very happy with Labyrinth. They are always on top of everything and have helped me tremendously with all my state registration filings.
Africa New Life
We are a growing nonprofit organization with donors in all 50 States. Labyrinth has allowed us to comply with the myriad rules and regulations in every State. We do not have the time, nor the expertise, to handle this on our own. Labyrinth has made it so easy for us to get into compliance!
University of Vermont Foundation
The staff at Labyrinth are very good at their jobs. They stay on top of the filings and provide a complete turn key service. I recommend using Labyrinth.
B'Nai B'rith
My organization operates in nearly every state. Yet, like many non-profits, we are thinly staffed for admin and other back-office operations. We do not have the capacity to stay on top of every state’s charitable registration laws and/or filing requirements. Labyrinth does that for us and does it at a very reasonable rate. I would highly recommend Labyrinth for any non-profit that has multiple state charitable registration filings.
National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals
Labyrinth made the entire process of filing for state authorizations to solicit an easy and very smoothly delivered process. After we supplied the necessary information to them, very little time was required on our end other than filing the forms in our shared drive! Definitely recommend this company!
~ Deb Cullinan – NAPO, INC.
Zamir Choral Foundation
Very helpful in navigating charitable registrations for non-profits. They are also very knowledgeable about other aspects of non-profits and are always ready to help. A wonderful organization.
~ Marilyn Gurtman-Oppenheimer – ZAMIR CHORAL FOUNDATION
Na Keiki O Emalia Emalia's Children Helping Children Heal
Labyrinth has been a godsend for us! Highly recommend them–they do a great job of keeping us compliant with required states across the US and have GREAT staff/customer service.
~ Brooke Brown – NA KEIKI O EMALIA
USA Basketball
I’ve had great experiences with Labyrinth across two organizations, I definitely recommend their services!
~ Killjan Anderson – USA BASKETBALL