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Registration Forms and Information
 

Registration forms for charitable organizations, professional solicitors and fundraising counsel have been updated to reflect the amended Solicitation Act that went into effect on August 21, 2001.

Registration Forms & Information

Who Must Register?

Charitable Organizations
 
The PA Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 P. S. § 162.1 et seq., requires organizations soliciting charitable contributions from Pennsylvania residents to register with the Bureau by filing a Charitable Organization Registration Statement  unless they are excluded or exempted from the Act.  For additional information on excluded or exempt organizations in Pennsylvania, please refer to the Bureau's Exclusions and Exemptions Chart.
 
Even if an organization is exempt from the registration requirements under The Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 P. S. § 162.1 et seq. if it is located in Pennsylvania it is still required to file an Institutions of Purely Public Charity Registration Statementrequired annually by the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act, 10 P. S. § 371 et seq., unless it meets one of the two exemptions listed below:
  1. Bona fide duly constituted religious institutions and such separate groups or corporations which form an integral part of a religious institution and are exempt from filing an annual IRS 990 Return; or
  2. An institution of purely public charity which receives contributions of less than $25,000 per year provided that the institution's program service revenue does not equal or exceed $5,000,000.

First-time registrants must also submit copies of other official documents such as their incorporation documents, organizational charter and by-laws.

A "solicitation" is any direct or indirect request for a contribution where a representation is made that the contribution will be used for a charitable purpose.  It includes, among other things, oral requests made in person, by telephone, radio, television, or other communication media; written requests; and sales of advertising space, chances, food, magazines, tickets, or other items of value. 

A "contribution" is any promise, grant, or pledge of money, property, or other item in response to a solicitation, including the promise to pay for a performance, event, good or service. 

Professional Solicitors

The Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 P. S. § 162.1 et seq ., requires professional solicitors to register with the Bureau prior to soliciting for charitable organizations in Pennsylvania.  If they do not register, they can be fined up to $1,000 per violation and assessed additional penalties of up to $100 per day. For additional information on the filing requirements for professional solicitors, please visit Registration Information for Professional Solicitors.
 
Professional Fundraising Counsels
 
The Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 P. S. § 162.1 et seq ., requires fundraising counsels to register with the Bureau prior to providing services related to solicitations in Pennsylvania.  If they do not register, they can be fined up to $1,000 per violation and assessed additional penalties of up to $100 per day.  For additional information on the filing requirements for professional fundraising counsels, please visit Registration Information for Fundraising Counsels.
 


Modified Date: 08/06/2011 07:49 AM