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Updated forms are available for download and are required with any filings received by the Registry on or after January 1, 2022. Significant changes include fee updates for charity, raffle and professional fundraiser applicants and registrants. Before registering, renewing or reporting each year, please always download the latest forms available from the appropriate program page using the menu on the right.
The Attorney General regulates charities and the professional fundraisers who solicit on their behalf. The purpose of this oversight is to protect charitable assets for their intended use and ensure that the charitable donations contributed by Californians are not misapplied and squandered through fraud or other means. The main elements of the Attorney General's regulatory program are:
The Registry Verification Search tool allows a registrant's public filings to be viewed and downloaded from the Registry database. These public filings include a copy of the federal annual informational return (IRS Forms 990, 990-PF, and 990-EZ) initial and renewal registration forms and data (e.g. Forms CT-1, RRF-1), other documents that organizations are required to file with this office, and incoming and outgoing Registry correspondence. For help using our search tool and interpreting the results, please review Registry Verification Search Tips & Filing Status Definitions.
This tool, along with the resources posted on the Resources page and guidance provided on our Donation Tips page, allows donors to become informed about a charity before making a decision to give.
The Attorney General's Office must be given notice of any matter involving a gift to charity, assets held in charitable trust, disposition or gifts of assets to an unnamed charitable beneficiary or property that may escheat to the State of California. For a summary of statutes that require notice to the Attorney General, please refer to the Notice Requirements. You may provide notice in these matters using the Probate & Ex Parte Notices contact form.