Charitable Solicitations and Gaming

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Helpful links and resources for individuals starting a nonprofit or who currently lead or serve an organization.
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The Fantasy Sports Act of 2016 requires fantasy sports operators to obtain a license with the Division of Charitable Solicitations,
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.
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Online filing for the initial renewal registration or annual exemption for a charitable organization.
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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 $50,000 and under exemption. These are organizations that do not raise and do not intend to solicit $50,000 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 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.

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.

Charitable Videos

This video, produced by the Tennessee Secretary of State's office, explains some of the many functions of the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming.
This video, produced by the Tennessee Secretary of State's office, offers wise giving tips for Tennesseans.
Effective July 1, 2015, specific labeling guidelines are required for non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations and professional solicitors operating donation bins in Tennessee, which provide donors with multiple ways to contact the organization(s) that are collecting donations.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H.
Tennessee Joins FTC, Other States to Combat Fraudulent Veterans Charities
The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office, along with the Tennessee Attorney General’s office, is joining the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement officials and charity regulators from every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico in announcing “Operation Donate with Honor,” a sweeping new donor education campaign to help donors spot and avoid fundraising solicitations that falsely promise their donations will help veterans and service members.
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Tennessee Joins 24 Other States to Dissolve Deceptive Veterans Charity
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery, III and law enforcement partners in 24 states announced a settlement with VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s termination.
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Sec. Hargett: Use Caution When Helping Hurricane Victims
The images are heartbreaking. For the last week, we’ve all seen stories coming out of Houston and the rest of the Gulf Coast showing the catastrophic mess Hurricane Harvey is leaving behind. As I write this, rescues are still underway. In fact, first responders and volunteers from Tennessee are in the Lone Star state offering their service to help others.
Tennesseans Urged to Use Caution When Giving to Gatlinburg Fire Victims
In the wake of devastating wildfires in East Tennessee, Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging people to use caution when trying to help fire victims.

About Charitable

The Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports 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.

Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming
Mona Hart, Director
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
8th Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
(615) 741-2555