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Professional Fundraisers Must Be Licensed
Professional Fundraisers for Charitable Organizations
Professional fundraisers for charitable organizations must be licensed under the Solicitations Act.
Before soliciting in Michigan, a professional fundraiser must:
- complete the CTS - 07 Application for License of Professional Fundraiser;
- obtain a $10,000 bond;
- submit the CTS - 08 Uniform Professional Fundraiser Surety Bond form with a power of attorney form properly signed by the surety; and
- submit the CTS - 11 Professional Fundraiser Contract Summary Sheet for every contract with a charitable or religious organization.
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.