Step 15: Register as a charity
The Charitable Solicitation Act, Chapter 309 of the Minnesota Statues, states that nonprofits must register as a charity with the Attorney General’s Office, Charities Division. An organization does not need to register only if it meets one of the following three conditions:
- does not hire staff or a professional fundraiser and does not plan to receive more than $25,000 in total contributions;
- is a purely religious organization; or
- is a private foundation that does not solicit contributions more than 100 persons during a fiscal year.
An organization must register with the Attorney General before soliciting contributions. File a Charitable Organization Registration Statement with a copy of the organization's articles of incorporation, IRS determination letter, and most recent financial statement. The filing fee is $25.