Public Policy
State Registration for Charitable Solicitation

Current Law

Members often ask CASE whether they are required to register in all states where they conduct charitable solicitations. This question is complicated because

  • not all states have laws that require registration,
  • some states exempt educational institutions from registration or other filing requirements, and
  • some states require institutions to apply for exemption.

The National Association of State Charity Officials, an association of state offices charged with oversight of charitable organizations in the U.S., has compiled a list of state charity offices. The list, updated regularly and available as an RSS feed, links to each office's charitable solicitation registration information.

Since 1997, there has been an effort to create a unified registration process. As of May 2010, the Unified Registration Statement (URS) supports 37 jurisdictions (36 states and the District of Columbia), and requires (and includes) supplemental forms for 13 states. The Unified Registration Statement website shows states that require registration and accept the URS and states that require registration but do not accept the URS.

The site also includes instructions for using the URS, a PDF version to download and contact information for the Multi-State Filer Project that oversees the URS.


CASE Resources

To help CASE members navigate the complex landscape of state charitable solicitation laws in the U.S., CASE commissioned law firm Webster, Chamberlain and Bean to prepare a document outlining the application of these statutes to educational institutions and their institutionally related organizations. The resulting white paper, Application of Charitable Solicitation Registration Statutes to Tax-Exempt Educational Institutions and Related Organizations, will be updated periodically to reflect changes in state charitable solicitation laws. The most recent update was in October 2011.

Download Application of Charitable Solicitation Registration Statutes to Tax-Exempt Educational Institutions and Related Organizations

Updated October 24, 2017