Charitable Solicitations Registration. “Never heard of it,” you say. Well, you are not alone. As astounding as it may seem, estimates of noncompliance range from 85-95% of charities and nonprofits nationwide. This level of noncompliance has persisted primarily because of 2 reasons: 1) lack of communication between state agencies and 2) grace. But, the times…they are a changin’. It is time to get compliant!
What is it? It is helpful to start by explaining what we’re talking about. 42 states and the District of Columbia require nonprofit organizations that raise or intend to raise financial support from the public to register with that state’s Charitable Solicitations Department. This department is typically run from within the state’s Attorney General’s office, though some originate within the office of the Secretary of State.