Connecticut Fundraising Registration

Nonprofit Fundraising Registration

Connecticut Charitable Registration Requirements

Unless exempt, a charitable organization must register with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection before soliciting charitable contributions in Connecticut.

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

Initial Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Connecticut

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

Connecticut Charitable Registration Agency: Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection – Public Charities Unit
Connecticut Exempts the Following from Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Organizations receiving less than $50,000 annually
  • Religious organizations
  • Parent-teacher associations or educational institutions
  • Hospitals
Submit Connecticut Claim of Exemption Form (CPC-54) to obtain recognition of an exemption in Connecticut
Connecticut Charitable Registration Form: URS or Connecticut Charitable Registration Application
Connecticut Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • IRS determination letter, or filed copy of IRS Form 1023 or 1024 if exempt status pending
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ, or IRS Form 990-PF
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if revenue exceeds $500,000
Connecticut Charitable Registration Filing Fee: $50. Make check payable to Treasurer, State of Connecticut or pay online
Registered Agent: Connecticut does not require a registered agent for charitable solicitation registration.
Connecticut Charitable Registration Filing Method: File online at http://www.ct.gov/DCP/cwp/view.asp?a=1654&q=459952 or mail Connecticut Charitable Registration Documents to:
Department of Consumer Protection
Public Charities Unit
450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 801
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
Law Governing Connecticut Charitable Registration:
  • C.G.S. Chapter 419d, §§ 21a-175–21a-190l, Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act
  • Regulations on Solicitation of Charitable Funds, 21a-190k-1.

Renewal of Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Connecticut

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

Connecticut Charitable Registration Renewal Agency: Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection – Public Charities Unit
Connecticut Charitable Registration Renewal Due Date: 11 months after fiscal year end.
Connecticut Charitable Registration Renewal Form:
  • Connecticut Charitable Organization Renewal Notice or URS
Connecticut 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 revenue exceeds $500,000
Connecticut Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Fee: $50. Make check payable to Treasurer, State of Connecticut or pay online
Connecticut Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Method: File Connecticut Charitable Registration renewal by mail or online at http://www.ct.gov/DCP/cwp/view.asp?a=1654&q=459952 File annual financial report by mail:
Department of Consumer Protection
450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 801
Hartford, Connecticut 06103

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