Nonprofit Fundraising Registration

Tennessee Charitable Registration Requirements

Unless exempt, a charitable organization must register with the Tennessee Secretary of State before soliciting charitable contributions in Tennessee.

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

Initial Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Tennessee

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

Tennessee Charitable Registration Agency:Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports, and Gaming
Tennessee Exempts the Following from Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Less than $30,000 nationwide contributions per year
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • volunteer fire departments, rescue squads, local civil defense organizations
  • community fairs, county fairs, district fairs, and division fairs, that have been qualified by the Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture to receive state aid grants
  • political parties, candidates for federal or state office, and political action committees required to file financial information with federal or state election commissions
  • hospitals and nursing homes that are subject to regulation by the Tennessee Department of Health, and
  • Congressionally chartered corporations.
Tennessee Charitable Registration Form:URS or Tennessee Application for Registration of a Charitable Organization (SS-6001)
Tennessee Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Summary of Financial Activities of a Charitable Organization (SS-6002, SS-6704, SS-6058)
  • Articles of incorporation or formation document
  • Bylaws
  • IRS determination letter
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ, IRS Form 990-PF, or IRS Form 990-N if your nonprofit has completed an accounting year
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if revenue exceeds $500,000
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of officers, directors, and trustees (name, title, and address; list salaried officers first)
  • List of professional fundraisers and solicitors, fundraising counsel, and commercial coventurers (name, address, and phone)
  • List of states where registered.
Tennessee Charitable Registration Filing Fee: $50. Make check payable to Tennessee Secretary of State or pay online
Registered Agent: Tennessee does not require a registered agent for charitable solicitation registration
Tennessee Charitable Registration Filing Method:File initial fundraising registration documents online at https://sgssos.tn.gov/Login.aspx or mail to:
Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports, and Gaming
Department of State
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 8th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Law Governing Tennessee Charitable Registration:
  • Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, Tennessee Code Ann. §§ 48-101-501– 48-101-522
  • Regulation of the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes, 1360-03-01– 1360-03-04.

Renewal of Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Tennessee

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

Tennessee Charitable Registration Renewal Agency:Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports, and Gaming
Tennessee Charitable Registration Renewal Due Date:6 months after fiscal year end
Tennessee Charitable Registration Renewal Form: URS or Tennessee Application for Registration of a Charitable Organization (SS-6001)
Tennessee Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration Renewal:
  • Summary of Financial Activities of a Charitable Organization (SS-6002, SS- 6704, SS-6058)
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ, IRS Form 990-PF, or IRS Form 990-N if your nonprofit has completed an accounting year
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if revenue exceeds $500,000
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of officers, directors and trustees (name, title, and address; list salaried officers first)
  • List of professional fundraisers and solicitors, fundraising counsel, and commercial coventurers (name, address, and phone)
  • List of states where registered.
Tennessee Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Fee:
  • Gross Revenue
  • Fee
  • $0 - $48,999
  • $80
  • $49,000 - $99,999
  • $120
  • $100,000 - $249,999
  • $160
  • $250,000 - $499,999
  • $200
  • $500,000 or more
  • $240
    • Make check payable to Secretary of State or pay online
Tennessee Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Method:File fundraising registration renewal documents online at https://sgssos.tn.gov/Login.aspx or mail to:
Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports, and Gaming
Department of State
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 8th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

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