The future of fundraising

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This past December was the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, and by all accounts the global day of giving produced a strong showing of support for causes of all types. It may be hard to imagine, but not too long ago charitable giving was limited to cash, checks, or in-kind gifts – there was no such thing as “text to give,” or “crowdfunding,” and few websites were configured to accept donations. Now, the future of giving is right in our hands – or more accurately – in our mobile devices. Donors and nonprofits are embracing this future. However, generosity is unfortunately being held hostage by outdated state regulations that not only add administrative costs to fundraising, but also are confusing. Antiquated state laws that have failed to keep pace with technology and reality erect unnecessarily burdensome barriers to charitable giving are not in anyone’s best interest.

The National Council of Nonprofits and our member state associations of nonprofits listened when nonprofits expressed concern about the increasing lack of clarity about where to register. We know that nationwide information about fundraising regulations is hard to find. That’s why we’ve worked with Harbor Compliance to produce this new unique guide that offers background on the overall process of state charitable solicitation registration requirements. We hope the guide will help you navigate the existing maze of state laws that regulate fundraising registration requirements. We also hope that you will join your state association of nonprofits and be an active voice in efforts to update and streamline state laws that regulate how and where nonprofits can legally ask for contributions. 

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