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State Fundraising Registration Services
for Nonprofit Charitable Organizations

Affinity Resources® LLC, provides nonprofit registration, compliance and support services for charitable organizations throughout the United States. Our Business site is

Avoid Staff Headaches
Every state defines registration requirements differently from every other state. 40 states and the District of Columbia have fundraising registration requirements. Other states may require a different form of registration depending on your organization's operations in a state. Affinity's special software enables us to offer 50 state fundraising registration services, including annual filings, at a fraction of the cost to do it in-house or by using your CPA or general counsel.

Efficient and Cost-Effective
For a single annual fee Affinity Resources provides 50 state (and DC) registration services including preparation of all documents, initial filings, annual renewal of registrations and annual reports. If you are not required to file in all states, we provide service for a flat, state-by-state fee. State filing fees and additional expenses are not included.

Every year several state change their laws regarding solicitation by charities. We assure that all filings are up-to-date in meeting those shifting requirements.

For additional details and information about our fees, you may call us toll free at 877-320-2299 or visit Affinity Fundraising Registration.

FREE Preliminary Consultation and Assessment
Affinity Fundraising Registration offers you a free preliminary state-by-state review of your registration and reporting requirements under the law.

Simply visit this link to identify your Charitable Registration Costs. There is no obligation on your part.

Who Must File?
For the most part, any nonprofit organization that solicits charitable gifts in any amount from residents of a state is required to register with that state. There are some exemptions varying from state to state for membership organizations or for those that do not meet certain income levels.


While the definition of a "charitable solicitation" differs in many states, a charitable solicitation generally includes any request of any kind for a charitable contribution. An in-person or telephone or email solicitation is encompassed in the general definition of a charitable solicitation, as well as the distribution of a newsletter or brochure which solicits a gift.

When an organization actively solicits residents of a given state via an Internet website, or should the organization receive contributions from within another state on a repeated and ongoing basis, then the organization must register with that state.

What Is Required?
At this writing there are 10 states that have no statutory regulations in place for 501(c)(3) organizations that solicit private donations in their borders. 3 states have their own forms and requirements. The other states and the District of Columbia use the 3 page Unified Registration Statement (URS) as an alternative to state-specific forms. However, each of those states has a different fee scale and requires a different set of supporting documents, including state-specific forms, to be submitted together with the URS. Required documents may include:

  • A general information form.
  • Financial statement.
  • 990 tax returns.
  • Articles of incorporation.
  • Information about officers and directors.
  • Notarized signatures.
  • By-laws
  • IRS 501(c)(3) determination letters.

Reporting and renewal dates vary from state to state.

Our Services Include:

  • Preparation of all required registration forms for initial and annual renewal filings in all 40 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Delivery to you of a final package of all required registration forms and supporting documents.
  • Requisite followup with registration authorities.
  • Ongoing review of registration requirements to assure that your registration is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Complete confidentiality.


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