Nonprofit Fundraising Registration

Michigan Charitable Registration Requirements

Unless exempt, charitable organizations must register with the Michigan Attorney General before soliciting charitable contributions in Michigan.

Out-of-state nonprofits that register under the Michigan charitable registration laws are not required to qualify to do business in Michigan. However, engaging in other business activities such as having an office or employees in Michigan may trigger the requirement to register to do business in Michigan.

Initial Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Michigan

The following is a summary of the initial charitable solicitation registration requirements in Michigan:

Michigan Charitable Registration Agency: Michigan Attorney General – Department of Attorney General
Michigan Exempts the Following from Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Less than $25,000 nationwide contributions per year
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Appeals for named individuals
  • Veterans organizations
  • Hospitals
  • PTAs
  • Advocacy groups
  • Private foundations
  • Childcare providers
  • Service clubs
  • Organizations for aged and chronically ill
Michigan Charitable Registration Form: URS or Michigan Initial Solicitation Registration Form
Michigan Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Articles of incorporation or formation document
  • Bylaws
  • IRS determination letter
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ or IRS Form 990-PF
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if contributions exceed $525,000; CPA review required if contributions are $275,000 to $525,000
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of officers and directors (names and addresses)
  • List of professional fundraisers and fundraising counsel (name, address, payments, dates of contract, contract type)
Michigan Charitable Registration Filing Fee: None
Registered Agent: Michigan requires a registered agent for charitable solicitation registration
Michigan Charitable Registration Filing Method: Online registration at http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-164-17337_18095-45040--,00.html or mail Michigan Charitable Registration Documents to:
Charitable Trust Section
Department of Attorney General
525 West Ottawa Street, 1st Fl., Williams Bldg.
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Law Governing Michigan Charitable Registration: MCLA §§ 400.271–400.294, Charitable Organizations and Solicitations Act

Renewal of Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Michigan

A Michigan charitable solicitation registration must be renewed each year. The following is a summary of the charitable solicitation registration renewal requirements in Michigan:

Michigan Charitable Registration Renewal Agency: Michigan Attorney General – Nonprofit Organizations and Public Charities Division
Michigan Charitable Registration Renewal Due Date: 6 months after fiscal year end
Michigan Charitable Registration Renewal Form: URS or Michigan Renewal Solicitation Form
Michigan Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration Renewal:
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ or IRS Form 990-PF
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if contributions exceed $525,000; CPA review
  • required if contributions are $275,000 to $525,000
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of officers and directors (names and addresses)
Michigan Charitable Registration Filing Fee: None
Michigan Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Method: Online or mail Michigan Charitable Registration Renewal Documents to:
Charitable Trust Section
Department of Attorney General
525 West Ottawa Street, 1st Fl., Williams Bldg.
Lansing, Michigan 48933

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