Washington DC Fundraising Registration Requirements

Washington DC State Fundraising Registration

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Washington DC 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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Washington DC Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:  Washington DC Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division

Law:   Washington DC Code § 13A-9-71

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:  No

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? No

Initial Registration

Form: Charitable Organization Registration Form

Filing Method:   Online

Agency Fee:  $412.50

Turnaround:  2 - 3 weeks

Notes:

  • President and CFO or another authorized officer must sign.
  • Some District of Columbia 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 D.C. Secretary of State.

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


    Foreign Applicants:

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

    2. File foreign qualification documents with the D.C. Secretary of State.

    3. Submit the online form or Charitable Organization Registration Form and all required attachments to apply for registration with the D.C. 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
  • List of other states where the applicant is registered to solicit donations
  • Names and addresses of any professional fundraisers and commercial coventurers who are acting or have agreed to act on behalf of the applicant
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    Registration Renewal

    Filing Method:   Online

    Agency Fee: $412.50

    Due:

  • Renewal is due annually within 90 days after the close or your organization's fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, then the report is due March 31.
  • 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:

  • The CFO and the president / other authorized officer must sign.
  • The organization must also notify the Attorney General throughout the year within 90 days of any change in the information.
  • Required Attachments:

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

    Form: Online

    Agency Fee:  $0

    Notes: To close out your registration, submit a BBL cancellation request form online.


     
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    District of Columbia Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

    Commercial Co-venturer licensure is not required on the State level in District of Columbia.
    District of Columbia 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.


     
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    Beth Lyons, Director of Development, Homes for Our Troops


    District of Columbia Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

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


     
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    District of Columbia Professional Fundraiser Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

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


    District of Columbia Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

    NOT REQUIRED

    Professional Solicitor licensure is not required on the State level in District of Columbia.
    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 District of Columbia.


     
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    Lisa Strand, Operations Coordinator, Life is Good Playmakers



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