Charitable Solicitations and Gaming

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You should always ask why the charitable organization is seeking donations, how the money will be spent and if the organization is registered with the State of Tennessee.
Online filing for the initial renewal registration or annual exemption for a charitable organization.
If you are aware of false, misleading or deceptive fundraising activity, please notify the Division.

Online Searches

Search registered charitable organizations which will include contact and financial information filed with the division.

Search for organizations that apply for and received the annual $30,000 and under exemption. These are organizations that do not raise and do not intend to solicit $30,000 or more in contributions.

Search for professional solicitors (fundraisers) registered with the division. This is an organization or individual which raises contributions on behalf or in the name of a charitable organization. There is additional documentation that needs to be filed with the division such as fundraising campaign reports, notices or examples of material and financial reports.

 

Search for Professional Fundraising Counsel registered with the division. This is an organization or individual which serves as an advisor, consultant or planner for charitable organizations seeking contributions.

This is a list by county of organizations holding approved charitable gaming events (raffles, reverse raffles, etc.) Each report details event information including a financial report and prize winners.

Search for Disaster Relief Fundraising Reports filed with the division. The reports are filed when there is fundraising related to a disaster in which the Governor has declared a state of emergency. Examples include the Nashville Flood of 2010 and tornado damage in Southeast Tennessee.

Fake Cancer Charities Shutdown, Leader Agrees to Lifetime Ban
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, III, along with the Federal Trade Commission and agencies from all 50 states have obtained a permanent injunction to dissolve two nationwide sham cancer charities and ban their president from profiting from any future charity fundraising.
#BinCheck Violations Now Being Strictly Enforced
The Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming has been working with organizations throughout Tennessee for the last few months to ensure they are in compliance with a new section of the Charitable Solicitations Act that went into effect July 1.
Use #BinCheck For New Donation Bin Law Starting July 1
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to announce the public can get involved in the rollout of a new state law that adds labeling and placement requirements for donation bins across Tennessee.
Secretary Hargett Joins Federal, State Crackdown on Four Cancer Charities
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery, III, together with state law enforcement partners in every other state in the nation, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Trade Commission, have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against four phony cancer charities and their operators with strong roots in East Tennessee, who allegedly scammed more than $187 million from consumers throughout the country.

The Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming assists and protects Tennessee citizens by informing them about charities seeking their contributions. The division does this through the following activities:

  • Requiring certain types of charitable organizations who solicit contributions to register their activities with the division.
  • Requiring professional fundraisers to register with the division.
  • Reviewing applications of qualifying 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) charitable organizations who wish to hold an annual gaming fundraising event, such as a raffle or a reverse raffle
  • Requiring those who raise money to pay for the medical or related expenses of an individual with a catastrophic illness to establish a trust, and to file written notice to the division about the trust.

The division seeks to:

  • Make the information obtained from the above activities available to citizens to assist them in making decisions about their charitable giving, and
  • Assist charitable organizations meet the legal requirements as they relate to charitable fundraising.
  • Enforce the laws relating to charitable fundraising

Citizens will find a large amount of useful information here to assist them in determining if a charitable organization which is fundraising is meeting the legal requirements to do so, and if the organization is one to which they wish to donate.

Organizations will find the applicable laws and definitions to assist them in fully complying with the law.

Charitable Solicitations and Gaming
Brent Culberson, Director
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue Snodgrass Tower, 8th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-2555
charitable.solicitations@tn.gov