What is a charitable solicitation?

Why are charities required to register?
States require registration in order to disclose pertinent information regarding a charitable organization so its citizens are protected and properly informed. Complying with the state charitable solicitations filing requirements may be the most effective method of providing accountability, because the factual and financial information required by the registering states is readily available to the general public - your current and potential constituency.

When should a charity register?

Who has to register?

Do all states require registration for a charitable organization?

Is an Internet web site or email which solicits charitable gifts a charitable solicitation?

Are any charities exempt from registration?

What is a professional solicitor or professional fundraiser?

Are there any disclosure statements required by the charitable organization conducting solicitations?

How does a state become aware of noncompliance?

What penalties may apply for noncompliance?