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Charitable Trust

Charitable Trust

The Charitable Trust Section functions for Michigan citizens as a repository of financial and other information about charities they may want to support.

At any one time there are more than 10,000 charities registered with the Attorney General's Charitable Trust Section. Most charities soliciting contributions in Michigan are required to register with the Charitable Trust Section.

One of the goals of the Attorney General is to help educate the public and to assist them in making wise choices about what charities to support.

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Does my organization need to be registered to solicit in Michigan?

Registration is typically required for all 501(c)(3) organizations that solicit or receive contributions in excess of $25,000 per year. However, if an organization pays anyone, whether an employee of the organization or an outside contractor, for fundraising services, the charity needs to be registered even if it solicits or receives less than $25,000.

There are exemptions for some types of organizations. For example, churches, approved Michigan schools, and veterans' organizations chartered by the federal government, are exempt. The first step for a charity in determining whether it needs to register is to fill out the Request for Exemption Form available on the Attorney General's website on the Charitable Trusts page.  The Request for Exemption Form indicates whether additional information or other forms are necessary.

What if my organization is not going to solicit funds, but only receive donations?

Registration will be required if the organization receives over $25,000 in donations because Section 3 of the Charitable Organizations and Solicitations Act includes the receipt of donations.

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How To Submit Forms

Required forms can be submitted to the Charitable Trust Section by Efilingemail, mail or fax (517-241-7074). 

Charitable Trust Section
P.O. Box 30214
Lansing, MI 48909-7714

Address For Overnight Mail:

525 West Ottawa Street
1st Floor Williams Building
Lansing, MI 48933

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Contact Charitable Trust

Hours: 8 a.m. -  5 p.m. ET
(Monday through Friday)

  • Phone: 517-335-7571
  • Fax: 517-241-7074

Questions About Charities: 517-335-7571

Questions About Police or Fire Organizations: 800-769-4515