Nonprofit Fundraising Registration

Mississippi Charitable Registration Requirements

Unless exempt, charitable organizations must register with the Mississippi Secretary of State before soliciting charitable contributions in Mississippi.

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

Initial Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Mississippi

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

Mississippi Charitable Registration Agency: Mississippi Secretary of State – Charities Division
Mississippi Exempts the Following from Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Less than $25,000 nationwide contributions per year
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Membership organizations
  • Appeals for single individuals
  • Volunteer firefighters
  • Humane societies
  • File Notice of Exemption with the Mississippi Secretary of State
Mississippi Charitable Registration Form: URS or Mississippi Annual Financial Report Form (FS)
Mississippi 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-N
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if contributions exceed $500,000; CPA review if contributions are $250,000 to $500,000
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of officers, directors, trustees, and principal salaried executives (name, title, address, and phone).
  • List of states where registered or exempt
  • List of responsible individuals (name and address of persons charged with custody of records and funds, distribution of funds, check signers, fundraising)
  • List of professional fundraisers, fundraising counsel, and commercial coventurers (name, address, phone, services provided, compensation, dates of contract)
  • List of related-party transactions (names, businesses, and addresses of related parties)
  • List of offices, chapters, branches, and affiliates (name, address, and phone).
Mississippi Charitable Registration Filing Fee: $50. Pay online or e-check made payable to Mississippi Secretary of State.
Registered Agent: The Mississippi Secretary of State is automatically appointed as agent for service of process
Mississippi Charitable Registration Filing Method: Online at https://charities.sos.ms.gov/online/portal/ch/portal.aspx
Law Governing Mississippi Charitable Registration:
  • Mississippi Code Regulation of Charitable Solicitations, §§ 79-11-501–79-11-529
  • Mississippi Charities Act Rules, Title 1, Part 15.

Renewal of Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Mississippi

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

Mississippi Charitable Registration Renewal Agency: Mississippi Secretary of State – Charities Division
Mississippi Charitable Registration Renewal Due Date: 4½ months after fiscal year end
Mississippi Charitable Registration Renewal Form: URS or Mississippi Annual Financial Report Form (FS)
Mississippi Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration Renewal:
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ or IRS Form 990-PF
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ or IRS Form 990-N
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if contributions exceed $500,000; CPA review if contributions are $250,000 to $500,000
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of officers, directors, trustees, and principal salaried executives (name, title, address, and phone).
  • List of states where registered or exempt
  • List of responsible individuals (name and address of persons charged with custody of records and funds, distribution of funds,check signers, fundraising)
  • List of professional fundraisers, fundraising counsel, and commercial coventurers (name, address, phone, services provided, compensation, and dates of contract)
  • List of related-party transactions (names, businesses, and addresses of related parties)
  • List of offices, chapters, branches, and affiliates (name, address, and phone).
Mississippi Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Fee: $50. Pay online or e-check made payable to Mississippi Secretary of State.
Mississippi Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Method: Online at https://charities.sos.ms.gov/online/portal/ch/portal.aspx

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