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Charity Registration In Virginia

FREE GUIDE TO CHARITY REGISTRATION IN VIRGINIA

Do I need to register my non-profit organization as a charity in Virginia?

Yes, if your non-profit organization collects solicitations for what could even be mistaken as a charitable purpose, you need to register as a charity with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

How do I register as a charity in Virginia?

Complete a Registration Statement for a Charitable Organization and submit it, along with the following items, to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs:

  • Names and addresses of officers, directors, and salaried employees.
  • Board-approved estimation of annual revenues, if organization is newly formed. Otherwise, include a financial statement.
  • Initial registrations need to include: certificate of incorporation, articles of incorporation, organization’s bylaws, and a copy of the IRS’ Letter of Determination, if applicable.

You are required to file by mail or in person.

How much does it cost to register a charity in Virginia?

The initial registration fee is $100. You can pay with a check or money order.

Do charities in Virginia have to renew their registrations annually?

Yes. Charities in Virginia must renew their registration annually by re-filing the Registration Statement For A Charitable Organization each year. The filings are due by the organization’s registration anniversary and the annual renewal fee is based upon the organizations annual revenue as follows:

  • $30 if your gross contributions for the preceding year do not exceed $25,000.
  • $50 if your gross contributions exceed $25,000 but do not exceed $50,000.
  • $100 if your gross contributions exceed $50,000 but do not exceed $100,000.
  • $200 if your gross contributions exceed $100,000 but do not exceed $500,000.
  • $250 if your gross contributions exceed $500,000 but do not exceed one million dollars.
  • $325 if your gross contributions exceed one million dollars.

Are any organizations exempt from filing as charities in Virginia?

Yes, however, that organization must be qualified as one of the following kinds of organizations, and must apply for the exemption by completing Virginia Exemption Application for a Charitable or Civic Organization. The following kinds of organizations may apply:

  • Educational institutions and their foundations.
  • Organizations that solicit for a named individual.
  • Organizations that do not raise more than $5,000 annually.
  • Organizations that only solicit members.
  • Non-resident charitable organizations.
  • Organizations that solicit five or few contiguous cities and counties.
  • Civic organizations.
  • Health care institutions.
  • Nonprofit debt counseling agencies.
  • Trade associations.
  • Labor unions, labor associations, and labor organizations.
  • Virginia Area Health Education Centers.
  • Regional Emergency Medical Services Councils.
  • Virginia nonprofit that solicits only through grant proposals.

Virginia charity info and forms:

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs
P.O. Box 526 Richmond, VA 23218-0526
Phone: (804) 786-1343

Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Website

Virginia tax exemption info

Non-profit forms/legal docs

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