Charity & Paid Solicitor
Registration Requirements & Forms

Registration Requirements:

Alaska law requires charitable organizations and paid solicitors to register with the Department of Law prior to soliciting contributions of money or property in Alaska.

To register, a person must file the registration forms required by regulation and pay the appropriate fee. Copies of the registration forms may be downloaded from this web page, or may be requested from the department at the address and phone number listed below. Completed forms should be returned to the following address:

State of Alaska
Department of Law
Attorney General's Office
1031 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

For inquiries or to request a form, contact the Department of Law at the following:

Phone: (907) 269-5200 or (888) 576-2529
Email: LawCharities@alaska.gov

The deadline to register as a charitable organization or paid solicitor is September 1 of each year. To renew a registration, a charitable organization or paid solicitor must file a registration form with the required attachments and pay the appropriate filing fee.

NEW REGISTRATION FORMS!

Charitable organizations and paid solicitors will required to use the new forms available below (revised 4/1/16) to register in 2016. The Department of Law no longer accepts the Unified Registration Statement for charitable organization registration.

NEW! PAY AND FILE ONLINE

Charitable Organizations and paid solicitors can pay registration fees and submit registrations online for the September 1, 2106 registration deadline.

Alaska does not charge late fees for charitable organization or paid solicitor registrations received after September 1; however, a charitable organization or paid solicitor will not be registered in Alaska until its registration forms have been received and approved. Charitable organizations and paid solicitors that are required to register under Alaska law cannot solicit contributions in Alaska until they are registered with the Department of Law.

Information and Forms for Charitable Organizations
Information and Forms for Paid Solicitors

Charitable organizations and paid solicitors that solicit money or property in Alaska must comply with the Alaska Charitable Solicitations Act and Alaska Charitable Solicitation Regulations. Organizations or solicitors that register or intend to register with the Department of Law should thoroughly review Alaska statutes and regulations pertaining to charitable organization registration and solicitation.

Failure to register with the Alaska Department of Law prior to soliciting charitable contributions violates the Alaska Charitable Solicitations Act and subjects the person to civil penalties under the Alaska Consumer Protect Act (AS 45.50.471 - AS 45.50.561).

Alaska Charitable Solicitation Statutes
Alaska Charitable Solicitations Regulations

Charitable Organizations

For the purposes of the registration requirement, a charitable organization is defined as a nonprofit organization that:

  • Is operated for the relief of poverty, distress, or other condition of public concern in the state; or
  • The Internal Revenue Service determines to be a tax exempt organization under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) (Internal Revenue Code)

NEW REGISTRATION FORM!

Charitable organizations can register with the Department of Law by filing the Alaska Charitable Organization Annual Registration form. Charitable organizations must also pay a $40 registration fee. The Department of Law no longer accepts the Unified Registration Statement for charitable organization registration.

File by Mail or In Person:

NEW! PAY AND FILE ONLINE

Charitable Organizations can pay registration fees and file registration forms online.

Exempt Organizations:

Certain types of charitable organizations are not required to register with the Department of Law. The following types of charitable organizations are exempt from the registration requirement:

  • Churches or religious organizations that are not required to file federal annual information returns with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Candidates for national, state, or local office, and political parties, committees or groups that are required to file financial information with the Alaska Public Offices Commission under AS 15.13 or with the Federal Election Commission under the Federal Election Campaign Act.
  • Charitable organizations with no paid employees or board members that do not intend to raise or receive contributions, excluding government grants, in excess of $5,000 annually, or that do not intend to receive contributions from more than 10 persons annually.
  • An organization that has a current gaming permit issued by the Alaska Department of Revenue pursuant to AS 05.15.100. To find out if an organization has a charitable gaming permit, please visit the Alaska Department of Revenue's Gaming Program website.

A charitable organization that meets one of the exemption types above can notify the Department of Law by completing a Notice of Exemption form online. The form asks for the organization’s name, FEIN, address and exemption type, and the name, phone number, and email address of the individual to contact about the notice.

Submit a Notice of Exemption

Extensions:

Alaska does not grant extensions for charitable organization registration. Organizations that have received extensions to file Form 990s with the IRS can state that on the Alaska Charitable Organization Annual Registration form. Organizations are not required to submit copies of their form 990s or audited financial statements at the time of registration.

State and Federal Agencies of Interest to Non-Profits:

Internal Revenue Service
(877) 829-5500 for technical assistance
(800) 829-1040 for forms

State of Alaska,
Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing

PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Phone: (907) 465-2550
Fax: (907) 465-2974

State of Alaska,
Department of Revenue
Tax Division – Gaming Program

PO Box 110420
Juneau, AK 99811-0420
Phone: (907) 465-2320 – Juneau
Fax: (907) 465-2375

U.S. State Charity Offices
National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO)

Paid Solicitors

For the purposes of the registration requirement, a paid solicitor is a person who solicits contributions of money or other property for a charitable organization for compensation. The definition of paid solicitor does not include a bona fide salaried officer, employee, or volunteer of a charitable organization.

Paid solicitor registration and renewal must be submitted using the department's Paid Solicitor Annual Registration Form. The registration is complete on the date the department sends notices to the paid solicitor that the registration/renewal is complete.

NEW REGISTRATION FORM!

The following must be submitted to register as a paid solicitor or renew a registration:

  • Paid Solicitor Annual Registration Form (NEW)
  • Payment of the $200 registration fee.
  • A copy of a written contract for each charitable organization the paid solicitor contracts with to solicit contributions. The contract must state the respective obligations of the paid solicitor and the charitable organization, including the amount to be paid to the paid solicitor.
  • A copy of all scripts used by the paid solicitor for fundraising in Alaska.
  • A ten thousand dollar surety bond (if renewing a registration, evidence of the continued bond must be submitted) on the Paid Solicitor Surety Bond form established by the department. The surety bond form sets forth the time period that a paid solicitor is required to maintain the bond and provides criteria for cancellation of the bond.

After a solicitation campaign is complete, a paid solicitor must submit a campaign financial report. The campaign financial report must be submitted on the Paid Solicitor Campaign Financial Report Form established by the department.

File by Mail or In Person:

NEW! PAY AND FILE ONLINE

Paid Solicitors can pay registration fees and file registration forms online.

Failure to register with the Alaska Department of Law prior to soliciting charitable contributions for compensation is a class A misdemeanor, and subjects the person to civil penalties under the Alaska Consumer Protect Act (AS 45.50.471 - AS 45.50.561) of up to $25,000 per violation.


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