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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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