The Charitable Organizations and Solicitations Act, MCL 400.271 et seq., requires an organization to register if it solicits or receives contributions in Michigan. The Solicitations Act also requires licensing and bonding for professional fundraisers before soliciting, planning, or carrying out a solicitation campaign in Michigan for a charitable organization.
The Solicitations Act exempts some organizations from registration. For exemption details, see MCL 400.283. For example, the Solicitations Act exempts organizations that raise funds exclusively using volunteers and receive less than $25,000 a year. Other exemptions include certain educational institutions, certain hospitals, and unpaid solicitations for the benefit of individuals. If you believe your organization is exempt, confirm this with the Charitable Trust Section by submitting the CTS - 03 Request for Exemption.
If registering for the first time, submit the CTS - 01 Initial Solicitation Form and all requested attachments:
Out-of-state corporations must submit copies of their articles of incorporation and all amendments and bylaws; copies must show that they were filed with the appropriate state agency. Michigan corporations must submit bylaws, if any;
Unincorporated entities should submit constitutions, bylaws, or other organizing documents;
Organizations with tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should provide a copy of the IRS determination letter; (For more on obtaining tax exempt status, see the IRS website.)
Organizations that have had any financial activity should provide a recent financial accounting.
Alternatively, organizations that solicit in more than one state may file the Unified Registration Statement (URS) that is accepted by many states. When filing the URS, ensure appropriate responses to state-specific requirements, such as Michigan's resident agent requirement.
The charitable solicitation registration must be renewed annually. Each registration includes its expiration date, which is seven (7) months after the end of the organization's fiscal year. To renew, the organization should submit a CTS - 02 Renewal Solicitation Form at least thirty (30) days prior to the expiration date, along with required attachments.