Texas Fundraising Registration Requirements

Texas State Fundraising Registration

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Texas 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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Texas Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:  Texas Secretary of State - Registrations Unit

Bond Requirements:   Veteran's organizations have a bond requirement of $5,000 if the solicitor solicits in only one county, $10,000 if the solicitor solicits in more than one county but fewer than six counties, or $25,000 if the solicitor solicits in six or more counties.

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:  No

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? No

Automatic Exemption

Agency Fee:  $0

Notes: Only certain public safety organizations, independent promoters, public safety publications, veterans organizations, and telephone solicitors are required to register. All other charities are automatically exempt.

Initial Registration

Form:   Form 3201: Public Safety Organization, Independent Promoter, or Public Safety Publication Registration/Renewal Statement or Form 3501: Veterans Organization Solicitation Registration Statement

Agency Fee:  $150 for veterans organizations and $250 for public safety organizations

Notes:

  • Registration is only required for certain public safety organizations, independent promoters, public safety publications, veterans organizations, and telephone solicitors.
  • Some Texas counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
  • - Before you Apply -

    All 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.

  • - How to Apply -

    Domestic Applicants:

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

    2. Submit a registration form and all required attachments to the Texas Secretary of State - Registrations Unit.


    Foreign Applicants:

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

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

    3. Submit the online form or Charitable Organization Registration Form and all required attachments to apply for registration with the Texas Secretary of State - Consumer Interest Division.


    - Required Attachments -

  • IRS form 990
  • Professional fundraising contracts

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    Labyrinth has taken the stress out of ensuring our organization is current with all state requirements. Their knowledgeable staff are always available to answer questions and provide guidance giving me peace of mind. I can’t say enough about the value they bring to our organization.

    Beth Lyons, Director of Development, Homes for Our Troops


    Texas Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

    Commercial Co-venturer licensure is not required on the State level in Texas.
    Texas 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.


    Texas Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

    Charitable Gift Annuity licensure is not required on the State level in Texas.
    Texas does not distinguish between annuities issued by charitable and for-profit entities.


     
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    Texas Fundraising Counsel Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

    Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in Texas.
    Texas does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.


    Texas Professional Fundraiser Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

    Professional Fundraiser licensure is not required on the State level in Texas.
    Texas does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for professional fundraisers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.




    Texas Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

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


     
    Thank you, you truly are amazing! And frankly we would be lost in all of this if it wasn’t for you.

    Lisa Strand, Operations Coordinator, Life is Good Playmakers



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