Professional Fundraiser Registration

Compliance Solutions for Professional Fundraisers

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

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Professional fundraising firms face some of the strictest and most complex filing requirements in the entire charitable sector. Keeping up with requirements across 42 states can be a real burden.

Whether you’re operating a large telemarketing, direct mail, or strategic development firm or are raising funds for clients as an independent contractor, Labyrinth, Inc. can lighten the load making your operations more efficient and profitable.

Don’t waste time navigating state requirements. As the longest-standing fundraising compliance service provider in the sector, we’ve dealt with thousands of registrations and campaign filings. Our experts will prepare and submit your professional fundraising firm and individual solicitor registration applications, manage contract submittals, and file financial reports for you.

Support for Both Sides of the Campaign

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

 

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For Fundraisers

Whether this is your first campaign or you’ve solicited 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.

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For Nonprofits

Charitable registration is a required prerequisite to engaging a professional fundraiser. 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.

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Everything You Need to Put Professional Fundraiser 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.

  • Professional Fundraising Firm Registrations
  • Individual Solicitor Registrations
  • Contract Submittals
  • Commencement Notices
  • Contract Amendments
  • Contract Extensions
  • Financial Reports
Tools

As with most solicitations, state-mandated disclosure language must be included on materials used in commercial co-venture campaigns. Labyrinth, Inc. can provide the necessary language via our Dynamic Disclosures™ tool.

Resources

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.

 

Support for Individual Solicitors

In addition to firm registrations, fifteen states require individual solicitors to become registered before fundraising. Some organizations, like telemarketing agencies and in-person grassroots fundraisers, employ many individual solicitors, each of which may need to become registered. We manage individual solicitor and firm registration filings for truly comprehensive support.

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.

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

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

1What filing requirements apply to professional fundraisers?
In addition to general corporate registration requirements, professional fundraisers must obtain registrations before launching fundraising 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, contract explanations, and background checks. Requirements vary by jurisdiction, but most states require nonprofit client contracts to be submitted. Additionally, the state may require the fundraiser to provide advance notice of its intent to solicit as early as 30 days before the start of the campaign. And many states expect fundraisers to file financial reports on the success of any campaign within 90 days of a campaign’s end.
2What are the consequences of failing to register in a state?
Individuals and firms soliciting without a registration can be liable for penalty fees and criminal charges.
3How do these requirements impact nonprofits that work with professional fundraisers?
Nonprofits that work with professional fundraisers must generally be registered to solicit funds prior to the start of any campaigns. 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 for Managing Professional Fundraiser Filings

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

 

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Testimonials

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.
 ~ Mark Ernest – STETSON UNIVERSITY
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!
~ Tracy Brown – NATIONAL ROWING FOUNDATION, INC.
Asia Frontier Outreach
The expertise, timeliness, and responsiveness of the Labyrinth team is excellent. They have been a lifesaver to our organization.
~ Lois Riddick – ASIA FRONTIER OUTREACH – USA, INC.
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.
~ Mickey Aboff – JBI INTERNATIONAL
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!
~ Daniel Leischner – AFRICA NEW LIFE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
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.
~ Charles Feeney – UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT FOUNDATION, INC.
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.
~ Jan Bigelow – B’NAI B’RITH YOUTH ORGANIZATION, INC.
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