A professional fundraiser is any person who, for compensation or profit, performs for a charitable organization any service in connection with which contributions are, or will be, solicited. This includes any person who plans, manages, advises, consults, or prepares material for or with respect to the solicitation of contributions.
Minnesota law prohibits any person or entity from acting as a professional fundraiser unless registered with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
Professional fundraisers must also periodically file certain reports and other documents with the Attorney General’s Office regarding their operations and activities. The Minnesota Charitable Solicitation Act, Minn. Stat. Chapter 309, governs registration and reporting by professional fundraisers. The Act controls and should be carefully reviewed to ensure that any person acting as a professional fundraiser is complying with its terms. Professional fundraisers can also consult A Guide to Minnesota’s Charities Laws for more information.
Electronic Filing of Documents. Professional fundraisers may register and make all required filings by email. Professional fundraisers may submit required materials to the Attorney General’s Office at email@example.com. All materials submitted via email must be in PDF format and the subject line of the email must contain the professional fundraiser’s legal name. Emails not following these requirements may not be properly processed, which could result in noncompliant registration and reporting.
Submissions/Payments by Mail. If professional fundraisers prefer, they may submit required materials by mail and pay required fees by check. Checks should be made payable to the “State of Minnesota.” Required documents and payments should be mailed to the following address:
Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1200
St. Paul, MN 55101
Professional fundraisers may contact the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office at 651-757-1496 or 800-657-3787 with any questions about registration and reporting.
Annual registration fee - $200
Late fee - $300
Electronic Payment of Fees. Professional fundraisers may pay all required fees, including any late fees, electronically at Electronic Payment of Fees
One year, expires on April 30.