Washington Fundraising Registration

Nonprofit Fundraising Registration

Washington Charitable Registration Requirements

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

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

Initial Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Washington

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

Washington Charitable Registration Agency: Office of the Secretary of State - Charities Program
Washington Exempts the Following from Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • Less than $50,000 nationwide contributions per year
  • Religious organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Appeals for individuals
Washington Charitable Registration Form: Washington Charitable Organization Registration and Renewal
Washington Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration:
  • IRS determination letter
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of officers and directors (name, title, address, and phone)
  • List of states where registered
  • List of professional fundraisers (name, address, and phone)
Washington Charitable Registration Filing Fee: $60. Make check payable to Washington Secretary of State
Registered Agent: The Washington Secretary of State is automatically appointed as the agent for service of process
Washington Charitable Registration Filing Method: File initial charitable solicitation registration by mail to:
Charities Program
Office of the Secretary of State
By mail:
P.O. Box 40234
Olympia, Washington 98504
By express delivery:
801 Capitol Way South
Olympia, Washington 98501
Law Governing Washington Charitable Registration:
  • RCW Chapter 19.09.010‚Äď19.09.560, Charitable Solicitations Act
  • Washington Admin. Code, 434-120.

Renewal of Nonprofit Fundraising Registration in Washington

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

Washington Charitable Registration Renewal Agency: Office of the Secretary of State - Charities Program
Washington Charitable Registration Renewal Due Date: 4¬Ĺ months after fiscal year end
Washington Charitable Registration Renewal Form: Washington Charitable Organization Registration and Renewal
Washington Requires the Following Supporting Documents for Charitable Solicitation Registration Renewal:
  • Professional fundraiser contracts
  • List of officers and directors (name, title, address, and phone)
  • List of states where registered
  • List of professional fundraisers (name, address, and phone).
Washington Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Fee: $40. Make check payable to Washington Secretary of State
Washington Charitable Registration Renewal Filing Method: File initial charitable solicitation registration by mail to:
Charities Program
Office of the Secretary of State
By mail:
P.O. Box 40234
Olympia, Washington 98504
By express delivery:
801 Capitol Way South
Olympia, Washington 98501

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