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New Charity Registration Requirements And Fees

As of January  1, 2005, charities are required to register with the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts within 30 days after receiving assets.

INITIAL REGISTRATION. To register, an organization must submit Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Association or other organizing documents. A $25 initial registration fee is being applied for the first time for charities operating in California. This initial registration fee applies regardless of the charity's gross revenues or assets.

REGISTRATION RENEWAL. All charities registered with the Attorney General's Office must renew their registration annually, pay the registration renewal fee and, if applicable, submit required IRS Form 990 financial reports. Registration renewal fees are a sliding scale based on the charity's gross revenue.

Renewal Fee Charity Revenue
$ 0 Less than $25,000
$ 25 Between $25,000 - $100,000
$ 50 Between $100,000 - $250,000
$ 75 Between $250,000 - $1 million
$ 150 Between $1 million - $10 million
$ 225 Between $10 million - $50 million
$ 300 Greater than $50 million

COMMERCIAL FUNDRAISERS/FUNDRAISING COUNSELS/CO-VENTURERS. The annual registration fee for commercial fundraisers, fundraising counsel, and co-venturers is $350.

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Change in Raffle Reporting Requirements

Please note: A single aggregate report for all raffles held during the reporting year is due on or before October 1st. The Nonprofit Raffle Report (Form CT-NRP-2) must be used by all organizations. Precise record-keeping is required as reports that include estimates of proceeds and expenses will not be accepted for filing. Organizations that host raffles as part of a larger fundraising event must maintain a record of raffle proceeds and expenses separate from all other event monies: only raffle proceeds and expenses on Form CT-NRP-2.

Filing a Complaint

Have a complaint against a charity? Please use our complaint form, pdf. Mail the completed form and any attachments to:

  • Registry of Charitable Trusts
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • P.O. Box 903447
  • Sacramento, CA 94203-4470

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