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Nonprofit Compliance

Who should register

Are you soliciting contributions?

If you present virtually any offer inviting people to get involved with your organization, or your organization accepts contributions from residents regardless of their state, you should register. (Low-revenue organizations have a streamlined process, but still must apply for waivers.)

  • Any tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) (religious, educational, charitable, scientific, etc.)
  • Any tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(4) (advocacy organizations)

What is considered solicitation?

The term solicitation is broadly defined by the IRS to include any conceivable form of requesting gifts.

  • Any verbal request made in-person, by telephone, radio or television or other mass media
  • Any request that is mailed, circulated, posted publicly, advertised or communicated by press, television, internet or other media
  • Any offer or attempt to sell virtually anything, even at fair market value
  • Any appeal to attend or participate in an event of almost any kind

The bad news

The IRS is aggressively targeting non-compliant organizations, and the penalties are significant. Average fines range from $1,000 to $10,000, with a recent record high penalty of $40,000 imposed. Attorney fees can cost between $7,000 and $12,000 (in legal costs, plus state filing fees) to handle your compliance – only to start the expensive process all over again next year when re-registration time comes around. The combination of onerous regulations and costly solutions have created a Nonprofit nightmare.

The good news

We’ve helped nearly 100,000 people navigate the Nonprofit formation process in 5 simple steps, and then helped many of those organizations obtain IRS Tax-Exempt 501(c)3 Status. We will get your charity registered in every state required, establish a Registered Agent in each state that requires it, and take care of all the other matters of concern to state officials and risk-averse donors – so you can focus on your mission! Our automated custom process saves you time and money—less than one-third the typical attorney fees.

$13 per month, per state, keeps you fundraising compliant.

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The Problem

It’s sad, but budget-starved attorneys-general are ramping up aggressive targeting of non-compliant organizations, and the penalties are significant, even for a first offense.

In an effort to reduce charity fundraising fraud, 40 U.S. states have imposed registration requirements on non-profit organizations – the vast majority of which provide immense benefit to society with total integrity.

The registration process varies widely by state, and further depends on factors including annual revenues and method of fundraising. The resulting patchwork of onerous regulations have created a regulatory nightmare.

State regulators have responded to the virtual media frenzy around high-profile charitable fund-raising scandals by ratcheting up penalties and fines (with a record high of $40,000 for a first time violation). Average fines range from $1,000-$10,000.

Perhaps worse, in many states, even a passive website “donate” button can result in your organization being publicly listed as an “offender” online – alongside fundraising scam artists and convicted felons – and the list of penalties goes on.

The result? The very organizations that can least afford the going rate of up to $12,000 in legal fees for registration can find themselves in the crosshairs.

How It Affects You

Most states’ laws are sweeping, so that any tax-exempt organization under 501c3 (religious, educational, charitable, scientific, etc.) or 501c4 (advocacy organizations) must register before soliciting contributions in that state, while the term “solicitation” is also broadly defined to include any conceivable form of requesting gifts:

  • Any verbal request made in-person, by telephone, radio or television or other mass media
  • Any request that is mailed, circulated, posted publicly, advertised or communicated by press, television, internet or other media
  • Any offer or attempt to sell virtually anything, even at fair market value
  • Any appeal to attend or participate an event of almost any kind

What’s more, these rules apply whether or not any funds actually change hands!

If you present virtually any offer to invite people to get involved with your organization and/or your organization accepts contributions from residents regardless of the state they live in, you should register (or low-revenue organizations should request waivers) in thirty-nine states plus Washington, D.C.

There are other details, including: Certain states require the organization to establish a registered agent at a physical location for purposes of service of process; additional information required depending on an organization’s contractual relationship with professional fundraisers or consultants; and in certain states, a possible waiver fmay be obtained depending on organization type and annual revenues.

When pursuing compliance, you have essentially two choices:

  • Spend dozens of hours completing confusing forms in each of the the 40 states requiring registration, likely another 25-40 hours or more communicating with bureaucratic agencies to follow up – and then even more time fixing mistakes on your forms, due to the confusing rules and variables in each state’s process
  • Hire an attorney for $7,000-$12,000 (in legal fees, plus state filing fees) to handle your compliance – only to start the expensive process all over again next year when re-registration time comes around.

The Solution

Our Fundraising Compliance Service will get your charity registered in every state required, establish a Registered Agent in each state that requires it, and take care of all the other matters of concern to state officials and risk-averse donors – so you can focus on your mission!

We have automated the process using custom-designed software, so that you can become compliant – and stay that way – for less than one-third the cost of an attorney. And we offer a 100% money-back guarantee: if your organization does not receive compliance confirmation from every state requiring it within 180 days, we’ll refund your money.

It’s that simple.

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