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Connecticut Charity Registration

A Free Guide To Registering A Charity In Connecticut

Do I have to register my nonprofit as a charity in Connecticut?

Yes, if your CT nonprofit is anything that holds itself out to be charitable, in the broadest of terms, and makes any requests for support, monetary or otherwise, it needs to register with the Department of Consumer Protection, Charities Unit.

How do I register my nonprofit corporation as a charity in Connecticut?

File the completed INITIAL Charitable Organization Registration Application, pay the $50 application fee, and attach a financial report from your nonprofit corporation’s most recent fiscal year. Send this to the Department of Consumer Protection Charities Unit. The registration and fee is an annual requirement.

What are the annual requirements for charities in Connecticut?

Each year, charities in Connecticut are required to fill out the Charitable Organization Registration Application (this isn’t as intense as the INITIAL registration), pay the $50 application fee, and once again, submit a financial report from your Connecticut nonprofit’s most recent fiscal year.

What is the cost of the charity registration in Connecticut?

The cost of charity registration in Connecticut is $50 each year.

Are any nonprofit organizations exempt from having to register as a charity in Connecticut?

Some types of nonprofit corporations are exempt from registering as charities in Connecticut. Take a look below:

  • Religious corporations.
  • Parent-teacher associations or educational institutions.
  • Nonprofit hospitals.
  • Government units.
  • Any organization that receives less than $50,000 annually in contributions and doesn’t have any employees who are paid primarily to solicit.

How long will it take Connecticut to process my nonprofit corporation’s charity registration?

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection will take somewhere between 10 to 15 business days to determine if your organization has met the registration requirements.

Connecticut Charitable Organizations Resources:

Public Charities Unit
Department of Consumer Protection
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT  06106
Telephone: 860-713-6170

Consumer Protection Website

Connecticut Tax Exemption

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