Nonprofit Fundraising Registration

West Virginia Charitable Registration Requirements

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

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

Initial Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in West Virginia

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

West Virginia Charitable Registration Agency: Office of the Secretary of State - Charities Division
West Virginia Exempts the Following from Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Less than $25,000 nationwide contributions per year
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Membership organizations
West Virginia Charitable Registration Form: URS or West Virginia Registration Statement of Charitable Organization
West Virginia Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • URS Supplement (if using URS)
  • Computation of Fund-Raising Percentage Form (if organization files an IRS Form 990-N)
  • IRS determination letter
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ, IRS Form 990-PF, or IRS Form 990-N
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if contributions exceed $500,000; CPA review if contribution are $200,000 to $500,000
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of professional fundraisers, solicitors, and fundraising counsel used for activities in West Virginia (name and address)
  • List of officers, directors, trustees,
West Virginia Charitable Registration Filing Fee: $15 if contributions are less than $1 million, or $50 if contributions are $1 million or more. Make check payable to West Virginia Secretary of State.
Registered Agent: West Virginia does not require a registered agent for charitable solicitation registration
West Virginia Charitable Registration Filing Method: File initial charitable registration application by mail.
Charities Division
Secretary of State
Building 1, Suite 157-K
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
Law Governing West Virginia Charitable Registration: West Virginia Code §§ 29-19-1–29-19-16, Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act

Renewal of Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in West Virginia

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

West Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Agency: Office of the Secretary of State - Charities Division
West Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Due Date: Anniversary date of initial registration
West Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Form: URS or West Virginia Registration Statement of Charitable Organization
West Virginia Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration Renewal:
  • URS Supplement (if using URS)
  • Computation of Fund-Raising Percentage Form (if organization files an IRS Form 990-N)
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ, IRS Form 990-PF, or IRS Form 990-N
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if contributions exceed $500,000; CPA review if contribution are $200,000 to $500,000
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of professional fundraisers, solicitors, and fundraising counsel used for activities in West Virginia (name and address).
  • List of officers, directors, trustees, and principal salaried executive staff (name, title, and address).
West Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Fee: $15 if contributions are less than $1 million, or $50 if contributions are $1 million or more. Make check payable to West Virginia Secretary of State.
West Virginia Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Method: File charitable solicitation renewal by mail to:
Charities Division
Secretary of State
Building 1, Suite 157-K
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305

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