Oregon Fundraising Registration Requirements

Oregon State Fundraising Registration

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Oregon defines requirements for:

•  Charitable Organization Registration

•  Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

•  Professional Fundraiser Registration

•  Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

•  Charitable Gift Annuity Registration


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Oregon Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:  Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section

Law:   Oregon Revised Statutes Ann., Vol. 3, § 128.610 et seq. Statutes and Rules Governing Oregon Nonprofits

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:  No

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? No

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:

  • Churches, houses of worship or similar types of religious organizations
  • Corporations organized in Oregon as a mutual benefit nonprofit
  • Educational institutions which do not hold property in Oregon and limit solicitations to alumni of the institution
  • Notes: To obtain an exemption, file a letter describing the reason the organization is eligible for exemption along with supporting documentation

    Initial Registration

    Form:   Form RF-C: Registration for Charitable Organizations

    Filing Method:   Mail or email to charitable.activities@doj.state.or.us.

    Agency Fee:  $0

    Turnaround:  4-6 weeks

    Notes:

  • Any officer or authorized representative must sign. The signature need not be notarized.
  • Some Oregon counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
  • - Before you Apply -

    Domestic Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.

  • Foreign Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
  • If you will foreign qualify in Oregon, obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state to submit during the foreign qualification process. The certificate cannot be more than 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.

  • - How to Apply -

    Domestic Applicants:

    1. File entity formation documents with the Oregon Secretary of State.

    2. Submit the online form or Charitable Organization Registration Form and all required attachments to apply for registration with the Oregon Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division.


    Foreign Applicants:

    1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in Oregon. If not required, skip to number 3.

    2. File foreign qualification documents with the Oregon Secretary of State.

    3. Submit the online form or Charitable Organization Registration Form and all required attachments to apply for registration with the Oregon Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division.


    - Required Attachments -

  • Articles of incorporation or organization
  • A copy of any agreement of association, instrument of trust, constitution, or other organizational instrument
  • A copy of the bylaws adopted by the applicant
  • Organizational Charter
  • IRS determination letter
  • List of officers and directors including phone numbers and addresses
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    Registration Renewal

    Form:   Organizations based in Oregon file Form CT-12. Out-of-state organizations file Form CT-12F.

    Filing Method:   Mail or Online

    Agency Fee:  $10-200, depending on Oregon revenue and fund balance held in Oregon. Make check payable to "Oregon Department of Justice"

    Due:

  • Annually within 4.5 months after the close or your organization's fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, then the report is due by May 15.
  • There is no official start to the renewal period, so renewals may be submitted as soon as financials become available for the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Due Date Extension:

    Due dates can be extended for 180 days beyond the original due date by submitting a request for extension through the online portal.

    Notes:

  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • Required Attachments:

  • Either IRS form 990 or audited financials
  • Only if amended: IRS determination letter, articles of incorporation, and bylaws
  • Change of Fiscal Year

    Agency Fee:  $0

    Turnaround:   1-2 business days

    Notes: Email charitable@doj.state.or.us to update fiscal year.

    Cancellation

    Form:   Form CT-12 or Form CT-12F

    Notes: To close out your registration, file the CT-12 form and follow the instructions listed in the Final Report section.


     
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    Oregon Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

    Commercial Co-venturer licensure is not required on the State level in Oregon.
    Oregon 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.
    More information: Oregon Department of Justice - Charitable Activities Section


     
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    Oregon Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

    Charitable Gift Annuity licensure is not required on the State level in Oregon.
    No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Charities that hold certificates of authority issued prior to 2006 may continue issuing charitable gift annuities if they keep an annual audited financial statement on file.


     
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    Oregon Fundraising Counsel Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

    Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Oregon.
    Fundraising counsels are exempt from license requirements provided that the counsel does not have primary responsibility for the fundraising campaign’s production or management, does not have access to contributions or the ability to pay expenses from campaign proceeds, and does not directly engage in solicitations.


    Oregon Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

    Professional Solicitor licensure is not required on the State level in Oregon.
    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 Oregon.


     
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