Should I register my non profit charity in Florida?

Yes. If you plan to ask for contributions from the people of Florida, you first have to register with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and renew each year.

How do I register my charity in Florida?

All charitable organizations in Florida must file the completed Solicitation of Contributions Registration Application with the Department, along with the registration fee, in person, by mail or by fax. It is a detailed application that must be signed by the treasurer of the charity, under oath, in the presence of a notary public. If you hire ‘Northwest’ as your Florida registered agent, the blank application and instructions are in your online account.

How much does it cost?

It varies depending on the contributions raised during the year. The fee is $10 if you raise $5000 or less. The fee is $400 if you raise $10 million or more. The application includes a financial statement. If you are a new Florida nonprofit organization, state your expected budget in this section.

When do I renew my charity registration?

Renew each year by the anniversary of your original registration.

What if the Florida non profit uses professional fundraisers?

No one is allowed to act as a paid fundraiser until they have received approval from the Department by filing a Professional Solicitors Registration Application along with a $300 registration fee. The fundraiser must renew the registration each year by March 31st.

Where do I send my charity registration?

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Solicitation of Contributions
P.O. Box 6700
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6700

Walk it in:

407 S. Calhoun St., First Floor
Finance and Accounting
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800

Phone:  850-410-3800
Fax:  850-921-8201

Additional Resources:

Nonprofit Legal Form Downloads