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Professional fundraisers for charitable organizations must be licensed under the Solicitations Act.
Before soliciting in Michigan, a professional fundraiser must:
The professional fundraiser license expires each year on June 30. To renew, professional fundraisers should submit an Application before the expiration date, along with a bond continuation certificate.
Professional fundraisers should also note that a CTS - 10 Campaign Financial Statement is due to the Charitable Trust Section ninety (90) days following the end of each campaign; if the campaign is ongoing, the Campaign Financial Statement is due yearly.
This requirement does not apply to professional fundraisers that act solely as consultants.
Individual Solicitors. Individual solicitors that call donors or solicit door-to-door must also register by filing the CTS - 09 Registration of Professional Solicitor form. Registration is required for each individual solicitor.
Police and fire fighter groups that solicit in Michigan are required to register with the Attorney General. Most police and fire fighter groups are not charities.
The Public Safety Solicitation Act, MCL 14.301 et seq., regulates the many police and fire organizations that solicit from the public. Most of these organizations are not charitable organizations and thus are not subject to the Solicitations Act, discussed above. Section 2(d) of the Public Safety Solicitation Act defines a public safety organization. Section 3 specifies the registration requirement, which must occur before any solicitations.
To register, the organization must complete the CTS - 12 Public Safety Organization Registration Form and submit it to the Charitable Trust Section.
The Public Safety Solicitation Act also mandates the registration and bonding of all professional fundraisers soliciting for public safety organizations. Registration of fundraisers is also required before soliciting.
To register, the fundraiser must properly complete and submit a CTS -13 Public Safety Professional Fundraiser Registration Form.
For the first year of solicitations in Michigan the fundraiser must obtain a $25,000 bond which must be submitted on the CTS - 14 Uniform Public Safety Professional Fundraiser Surety Bond (Initial) form, along with a power of attorney form signed by the surety.
After the first year of registration, the amount of the bond will be determined by contributions collected by the fundraiser the previous year as defined in section 4(8) of the Public Safety Solicitation Act.
The Supervision of Trustees for Charitable Purposes Act, MCL 14.251 et seq., mandates that every charitable trust register with the Attorney General. The term "charitable trust" is broadly defined as every person or legal entity that holds property for a charitable purpose.
Most organizations that hold charitable assets in Michigan must be registered with the Charitable Trust Section. Over 13,000 organizations, private foundations and trusts are registered with the Attorney General's office, accounting for billions of dollars of charitable assets. For more information on the law and how it applies to organizations, read How and Why The Michigan Attorney General Supervises Charitable Trusts. This information also helps answer questions for attorneys who assist individuals or groups in forming private or public foundations or charitable organizations.