Nonprofit Fundraising Registration

Virginia Charitable Registration Requirements

Unless exempt, a charitable organization must register with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services before soliciting charitable contributions in Virginia.

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

Initial Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Virginia

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

Virginia Charitable Registration Agency:Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs
Virginia Exempts the Following from Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Less than $5,000 nationwide contributions per year
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Political organizations
  • Appeals for individuals
  • Membership organizations
  • Health Care Institutions
  • Civic organizations
  • Tax-exempt labor unions, labor associations, and labor organizations
  • Tax-exempt trade associations (501(c)(6) organizations)
  • Virginia licensed nonprofit debt counseling agencies, and
  • Virginia agencies on aging.
Virginia Charitable Registration Form:URS or Virginia Registration Statement for a Charitable Organization Form (102)
Virginia Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Remittance Form (If filing URS)
  • Articles of incorporation or formation document
  • Bylaws
  • IRS determination letter
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ, IRS Form 990-PF, or certified audited financial statements
  • Professional fundraiser contracts (includes solicitors and fundraising counsel and consultants)
  • List of current year’s officers, directors, trustees, and principal salaried executive staff (name, title, and address)
  • List of states where registered
  • List of offices, chapters
Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Fee:
$100 for organizations with no prior financial history. All other filers pay a registration fee on a sliding scale based on gross contributions
  • Gross Contributions
  • Fee
  • Less than 25,001
  • $30
  • Between $25,001 and $50,000
  • $50
  • Between $50,001 and $100,000
  • $100
  • Between $100,001 and $500,000
  • $200
  • Between $500,001 and $1 million
  • $250
  • Exceed $1 million
  • $325
Make check payable to the Treasurer of Virginia.
Registered Agent:The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virgina will automatically be deemed to be your nonprofit’s agent for service of process
Virginia Charitable Registration Filing Method:File initial charitable solicitation registration by mail to:
Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
By mail:
P.O. Box 526
Richmond, Virginia 23218
By express delivery:
102 Governor Street, Lower Level
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Law Governing Virginia Charitable Registration:
  • Code of Va., Title 57, Chapter 5 (Solicitation of Contributions Law) §§ 57-48 to 57-69
  • 2 VAC §§ 5-610-10 et seq., Rules Governing the Solicitation of Contributions

Renewal of Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Virginia

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

Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Agency:Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs
Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Due Date:4½ months after fiscal year end date.
Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Form: URS or Virginia Registration Statement for a Charitable Organization Form (102)
Virginia Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration Renewal:
  • Remittance Form (If filing URS)
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ, IRS Form 990-PF, or certified audited financial statements
  • Professional fundraiser contracts (solicitors and fundraising counsel and consultants)
  • List of current officers, directors, trustees, and principal salaried executive staff (name, title, and address). (See Other Requirements above.)
  • List of states where registered
  • List of offices, chapters, branches, and affiliates in Virginia (name, address, and phone number)
  • List of professional solicitors, fundraisers, and fundraising counsel and consultants (name and address).
Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Fee:
  • Gross Contributions
  • Fee
  • Less than 25,001
  • $30
  • Between $25,001 and $50,000
  • $50
  • Between $50,001 and $100,000
  • $100
  • Between $100,001 and $500,000
  • $200
  • Between $500,001 and $1 million
  • $250
  • Exceed $1 million
  • $325
  • Make check payable to the Treasurer of Virginia.
Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Method:File initial charitable solicitation registration by mail to:
Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
By mail:
P.O. Box 526
Richmond, Virginia 23218
By express delivery:
102 Governor Street, Lower Level
Richmond, Virginia 23219

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