This & That Happening in Charity Registration
COLORADO CHARITY REGISTRATION
CO is always trying to improve the administration of Colorado charity registration requirements. Secretary of State Williams recently invited folks to share their thoughts and recommendations on how the proposed rules could be improved. See what people are saying at https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/rule_making/CCSARuleComments.html.
CONNECTICUT CHARITY REGISTRATION
CT has made some great improvements to the charity registration process. A nonprofit can file a hard copy or online form, only one signature is now required (used to require two), and no financials need to be attached! WOW! This means no need to attach the IRS Form 990 or independent audit.
FLORIDA SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS
Effective July 1, 2018, charitable organizations and fundraisers that solicit contributions are prohibited from commingling charitable contributions with noncharitable funds. This means that contributions should be kept in a separate account from funds that are not used for a charitable purpose. Additionally, charitable organizations and fundraisers are required to keep documents to show how contributions are used. https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Solicitation-of-Contributions.
ILLINOIS CHARITY REGISTRATION
Someday I will write a blog to tell the whhhhooooole story – but IL has made some serious (and well-needed) improvements to the charity registration process. CHECKS WILL BE CASHED UPON RECEIPT AND ORIGINAL SIGNATURES ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED effective May 2018. Unfortunately, filings completed prior to May still face the dreaded return of an 18-month-old “stale” check. If you want to chat about the IL improvements, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW JERSEY CHARITY REGISTRATION
The NJ Division of Consumer affairs recently announced that all charity registration renewals and extension requests must be filed online through the DCA portal. This is not a particularly friendly process and two signature pages must still be uploaded. The good news? NJ staff are awesome and will walk you through any kinks. Bad news? NJ is still approximately 6 months behind in processing filings.