Maryland Fundraising Registration

Nonprofit Fundraising Registration

Maryland Charitable Registration Requirements

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

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

Initial Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Maryland

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

Maryland Charitable Registration Agency: Maryland Secretary of State – Charitable Organization Division
Maryland Exempts the Following from Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Less than $25,000 nationwide contributions per year
  • Religious organizations
  • Membership organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Appeals for single individuals
  • Public safety organizations
Maryland Charitable Registration Form: URS or Maryland Registration Statement for Charitable Organizations (COR-92)
Maryland Requires the Following Supporting Documents for
  • Articles of incorporation or formation document
  • Bylaws
Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • IRS determination letter
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ, or Form COF-85 in lieu of IRS Form 990 if IRS Form 990-N filed
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if contributions exceed $750,000; CPA review if contributions are $300,000 to $750,000
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of officers, directors, and principal salaried executive officers.
  • List of responsible individuals (name and address); includes those with custody of, and control over distribution of, contributions.
Maryland Charitable Registration Filing Fee:
  • Charitable Contributions
  • Fee
  • Less than $25,000 (see note below)
  • $0
  • At least $25,000 but less than $50,001
  • $50
  • At least $50,001 but less than $75,001
  • $75
  • At least $75,001 but less than $100,001
  • $100
  • At least $100,001 but less than $500,001
  • $200
  • $500,001 and above
  • $300
Make check payable to Maryland Secretary of State
Registered Agent: Maryland does not require a registered agent for charitable solicitation registration
Maryland Charitable Registration Filing Method: Mail Maryland Charitable Registration Documents to:
Charitable Organization Division
Office of the Secretary of State
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401
Law Governing Maryland Charitable Registration:
  • Maryland Solicitations Act, Maryland Annotated Code, Business Regulation Article, §§ 6-101–6-701

Renewal of Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Maryland

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

Maryland Charitable Registration Renewal Agency: Maryland Secretary of State – Charitable Organization Division
Maryland Charitable Registration Renewal Due Date: 6 months after fiscal year end
Maryland Charitable Registration Renewal Form: Maryland Annual Update of Registration
Maryland Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration Renewal:
  • Articles of incorporation or formation document
  • Bylaws
  • IRS determination letter
  • IRS Form 990, IRS Form 990-EZ, or Form COF-85 in lieu of IRS Form 990 if IRS Form 990-N filed
  • Audited financial statements by an independent CPA if contributions exceed $750,000; CPA review if contributions are $300,000 to $750,000
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of officers, directors, and principal salaried executive officers.
  • List of responsible individuals (name and address); includes those with custody of, and control over distribution of, contributions.
Maryland Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Fee:
  • Charitable Contributions
  • Fee
  • Less than $25,000 (see note below)
  • $0
  • At least $25,000 but less than $50,001
  • $50
  • At least $50,001 but less than $75,001
  • $75
  • At least $75,001 but less than $100,001
  • $100
  • At least $100,001 but less than $500,001
  • $200
  • $500,001 and above
  • $300
Maryland Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Method: Mail Maryland Charitable Registration Renewal Documents to:
Charitable Organization Division
Office of the Secretary of State
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

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