Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
7/24/2021

Chapter 610. Rules Governing the Solicitation of Contributions

Part I
Definitions

2VAC5-610-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Agents" means one or more persons who transact some business or manage some affair for another, by the authority and on account of the latter, and who render an account of such business or affair to that other. The term "agents" shall include the term "subcontractors."

"Bona fide salaried officer or employee" means a person who is in an employer-employee relationship with a charitable organization and who is compensated exclusively by a fixed annual salary or hourly wage.

"Budget" means a financial plan of action that itemizes expected sources and amounts of income and expenses and that is ratified by the organization's board of directors.

"Certified audited financial statements" means financial statements prepared by an independent certified public accountant with an opinion rendered in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

"Certified treasurer's report" means an income and expense statement and a balance sheet for the past fiscal year that have been prepared and signed by the organization's treasurer verifying that the report is accurate and true.

"Code" means Code of Virginia (1950), as amended.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or a member of his staff to whom he may delegate his duties under Chapter 5 (§ 57-48 et seq.) of Title 57 of the Code of Virginia.

"Department" means the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

"File with the commissioner" means depositing the originals of the documents required to be filed, along with payment of the appropriate fee and all supporting documentation, with the department.

"Foundation," as referenced in subdivision A 1 of § 57-60 of the Code of Virginia, means a secondary organization established to provide financial or program support for a primary organization with which it has an established identity.

"Gross contributions" means the total contributions received by the organization from all sources, regardless of geographic location, excluding government grants.

"Having an established identity with" means a relationship between two organizations such that if the primary organization ceased to exist, the secondary organization would also cease to exist.

"Health care institution" means any medical facility that is tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3) and at least one of the following:

1. Licensed by the Department of Health or by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services;

2. Designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a federally qualified health center;

3. Certified by CMS as a rural health clinic; or

4. Wholly organized for the delivery of health care services without charge, including the delivery of dental, medical, or other health services where a reasonable minimum fee is charged to cover administrative costs.

"IRS" means the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.

"Local civic league or association" means a not-for-profit organization operated to further the common good of the city, town, or county that it is organized to serve.

"Local service club" means a not-for-profit organization that is organized for the purpose of providing educational services, recreational services, charitable services, or social welfare services to the city, town, or county in which such organization operates.

"Past fiscal year" means the most recently completed fiscal year.

"Primary address" means the bona fide physical street address of the organization or sole proprietor.

"Primary name" means the name under which an organization is incorporated, if incorporated; if unincorporated, has been issued a certificate, by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, to transact business in Virginia, if so certified; if neither incorporated nor certified to transact business in Virginia, the name by which the organization is commonly known or referred to, except that such name shall not be an assumed name, or a deceptive name, as described in subsection A of 2VAC5-610-80.

"Report," "register," and "submit" mean "file with the commissioner" as that phrase is defined in this section.

"Subcontractor" means any agent, but not an employee, of a professional solicitor who solicits under a contract or agreement on behalf of the professional solicitor for the benefit of any charitable or civic organization with which the professional solicitor has a contract or agreement.

"Trade association" means an association of business organizations having similar issues and engaged in similar fields formed for mutual protection, exchange of ideas and statistics, and for maintenance of standards within their industry.

"Unified Registration Statement" means the standardized form created by the National Association of Attorneys General and the National Association of State Charity Officials to consolidate the information and data requirements of all states requiring registration.

Statutory Authority

§ 57-66 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-06-01 § 1, eff. March 14, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2002; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 5, 2015.

Part II
Rules Governing Charitable and Civic Organizations

2VAC5-610-20. Initial registration.

A. Documentation required for registration. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, every charitable organization subject to registration, pursuant to § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia, shall file with the commissioner an initial registration statement on a form prescribed by the commissioner or the Unified Registration Statement, with all questions answered, with two signatures, and with all attachments required by Chapter 5 (§ 57-48 et seq.) of Title 57 of the Code of Virginia. The completed registration statement shall include the following attachments:

1. Fee. The appropriate fee in the amount prescribed in subsection E of § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia, made payable to "Treasurer of Virginia";

2. Financial report. A copy of one of the following:

a. For all organizations with prior financial history:

(1) The completed IRS Form 990, 990-PF, or 990-EZ, for the past fiscal year, with all schedules, as required by the IRS, except Schedule B, and with all attachments, as filed with the IRS. The form must be signed or, if the form is filed electronically with the IRS, the organization must submit a copy of the IRS e-file signature authorization;

(2) Certified audited financial statements for the past fiscal year; or

(3) If the annual income of the organization qualifies the organization to file Form 990-N with the IRS, a certified treasurer's report for the past fiscal year.

b. For a newly organized charitable organization that has no financial history, a budget for the current fiscal year shall be filed;

3. Key personnel. A listing for the current fiscal year of the officers, directors, trustees, and principal salaried executive staff officer, including their names, addresses, and titles within the organization;

4. Contracts. A signed copy of all current contracts with any professional fund-raising counsel and any professional solicitor, as required in § 57-54 of the Code of Virginia;

5. Governing documents. If the organization is incorporated, a copy of the certificate of incorporation, articles of incorporation, and any subsequent amendments to those documents; if unincorporated, any governing documents;

6. Bylaws. A copy of the organization's bylaws and any subsequent amendments to that document; and

7. Tax exemption. If the charitable organization is listed with the IRS as tax exempt, a copy of the IRS determination letter and any subsequent notifications of modification; if exempt status is pending, a copy of the completed IRS application form as filed with the IRS.

B. Consolidated or "joint" registration. A statewide or national charitable or civic organization may file a consolidated, or "joint," registration with the commissioner, as described in subsection B of § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia, on behalf of its local chapters, which shall not be considered complete unless accompanied by all supporting documentation specified in subsection A of this section, if:

1. The parent organization shares a group IRS exemption status with its chapters and all financial reporting is consolidated in the parent organization's IRS Form 990, Form 990-PF, or Form 990-EZ, or in its certified audited financial statements; if the organization's annual income qualifies the organization to file Form 990-N with the IRS, in its certified treasurer's report; or

2. Each chapter has its own separate IRS exemption status, but the organization's articles of incorporation or bylaws state that all financial matters are managed by the parent organization and all financial reporting is consolidated in the parent organization's IRS Form 990, Form 990-PF, or Form 990-EZ, or in its certified audited financial statements; if its annual income qualifies the organization to file Form 990-N with the IRS, in its certified treasurer's report.

C. Standard of reporting contributions. Every charitable organization subject to registration, pursuant to § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia, shall:

1. Report the gross contributions when the solicitation does not include goods or services;

2. Report as gross contributions the valuation of any goods or services solicited for resale. Such valuation shall be determined as prescribed in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants standards for reporting donated goods and services;

3. Report the gross contributions when the solicitation includes the sale or donation of tickets for use by third parties, or when the goods or services sold are of nominal value; and

4. Report contributions, which may be for net contributions only, when received from special events including, but not limited to, dinners, dances, carnivals, raffles, and bingo games, when the goods or services offered are of more than nominal value in return for a payment higher than the direct cost of the goods or services provided.

Statutory Authority

§ 57-66 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-06-01 § 2, eff. March 14, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2002; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 5, 2015.

2VAC5-610-30. Annual registration.

A. Documentation required for registration. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, every charitable organization subject to registration, pursuant to § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia, shall file with the commissioner an annual registration renewal on a form prescribed by the commissioner or the Unified Registration Statement, with all questions answered, with two signatures, and with all attachments required by Chapter 5 (§ 57-48 et seq.) of Title 57 of the Code of Virginia, on or before the 15th day of the fifth calendar month following the end of the organization's fiscal year. The completed registration statement shall include the following attachments:

1. Fee. The appropriate annual fee in the amount prescribed in subsection E of § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia, made payable to "Treasurer of Virginia";

2. Financial report. A copy of one of the following:

a. The completed IRS Form 990, Form 990-PF, or Form 990-EZ, for the past fiscal year, with all schedules, as required by the IRS, except Schedule B, and with all attachments, as filed with the IRS. The form must be signed or, if the form is filed electronically with the IRS, the organization must submit a copy of the IRS e-file signature authorization;

b. Certified audited financial statements for the past fiscal year; or

c. If the annual income of the organization qualifies the organization to file Form 990-N with the IRS, a certified treasurer's report for the past fiscal year;

3. Key personnel. A listing for the current fiscal year of the officers, directors, trustees, and principal salaried executive staff officer, including their names, addresses, and titles within the organization;

4. Contracts. A signed copy of all current contracts with any professional fund-raising counsel and any professional solicitor, as required by § 57-54 of the Code of Virginia;

5. Governing documents. If the organization is incorporated, a copy of any certificate of incorporation, any articles of incorporation, or amendments to these documents not previously filed with the commissioner: if unincorporated, any amendments to the governing documents not previously filed with the commissioner;

6. Bylaws. A copy of any bylaws or amendments to that document not previously filed with the commissioner; and

7. Tax exemption. If the organization is listed with the IRS as tax exempt, a copy of any IRS determination letter or subsequent notifications of modification not previously filed with the commissioner.

B. Consolidated, or "joint," registration. A statewide or national charitable or civic organization may file a consolidated, or "joint," registration with the commissioner, as described in subsection B of § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia, on behalf of its local chapters, which shall not be considered complete unless accompanied by all supporting documentation specified in subsection A of this section, if:

1. The parent organization shares a group IRS exemption status with its chapters and all financial reporting is consolidated in the parent organization's IRS Form 990, Form 990-PF, or Form 990-EZ, or in its certified audited financial statements; if the organization's annual income qualifies the organization to file Form 990-N with the IRS, in its certified treasurer's report; or

2. Each chapter has its own separate IRS exemption status, but the organization's articles of incorporation or bylaws state that all financial matters are managed by the parent organization and all financial reporting is consolidated in the parent organization's IRS Form 990, Form 990-PF, or Form 990-EZ, or in its certified audited financial statements; if its annual income qualifies the organization to file Form 990-N with the IRS, in its certified treasurer's report.

C. Standard of reporting contributions. Every charitable organization subject to registration, pursuant to § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia, shall:

1. Report the gross contributions when the solicitation does not include goods or services;

2. Report as gross contributions the valuation of any goods or services solicited for resale. Such valuation shall be determined as prescribed in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants standards for reporting donated goods and services;

3. Report the gross contributions when the solicitation includes the sale or donation of tickets for use by third parties, or when the goods or services sold are of nominal value; and

4. Report contributions, which may be reported as the net contributions only, when received from special events including, but not limited to, dinners, dances, carnivals, raffles, and bingo games, when the goods or services offered are of more than nominal value in return for a payment higher than the direct cost of the goods or services provided.

D. Extension of time to file with the commissioner. Any charitable organization that cannot complete its registration renewal on or before the 15th day of the fifth calendar month following the end of the organization's fiscal year may request in writing, as provided in subsection E of § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia, an extension of time to file with the commissioner. Payment of fees is not required with such a request. Fees are due when the registration is filed. A charitable organization may request an extension of time to file with the commissioner, and an extension may be granted under the following conditions:

1. The charitable organization shall send a written request to the commissioner stating that the organization is requesting an extension of time to file with the commissioner its registration renewal. If the organization has requested, from the IRS, an extension of time to file its IRS Form 990, Form 990-PF, or Form 990-EZ, the organization may send to the commissioner a copy of the IRS extension request in lieu of the written request.

2. If no time period is specified in the written request for extension of time to file, the commissioner shall grant an extension of time to file of 90 days.

3. If the charitable organization is unable to complete its registration renewal within the time period granted by the commissioner in the extension of time to file, the charitable organization may request an additional extension of time to file.

4. In any case, the extension or total of all extensions requested from and granted by the commissioner shall be for no longer than six months after the 15th day of the fifth calendar month following the end of the organization's fiscal year.

5. The organization's registration shall lapse if the annual renewal is not filed by the 15th day of the fifth calendar month following the end of the organization's fiscal year and no extension of time to file is requested from and granted by the commissioner, or if the annual renewal is not filed by the end of the extension period granted. If the organization's registration lapses, the organization shall file an initial registration and pay the initial registration fee in addition to the annual registration fee, as prescribed by 2VAC5-610-20.

Statutory Authority

§ 57-66 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-06-01 § 3, eff. March 14, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2002; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 5, 2015.

2VAC5-610-35. Disclosures required of charitable or civic organizations.

A. Primary name. The charitable or civic organization shall include in all solicitations the primary name under which it is registered with the commissioner.

B. Use of another charitable or civic organization's name in an appeal by a charitable or civic organization. Pursuant to subsection C of § 57-57 of the Code of Virginia, if the charitable or civic organization uses the name of another charitable or civic organization in its own solicitation, it shall submit a consent to solicit form, prescribed by the commissioner, for each charitable or civic organization named in its own solicitation.

C. Preprinted return addresses. Pursuant to subsection L of § 57-57 of the Code of Virginia, the preprinted address on any return envelope, prepared under the direction of the charitable or civic organization and provided to a potential donor, that is not addressed to the charitable or civic organization's own primary address, shall include the name of the business located at the address on the return envelope in the following format:

ABC Charity
c/o XYZ Company
111 Main Street (#)
City, ST Zip Code

The name on line two may be the name of the professional fund-raising counsel or solicitor, a third party caging company or bank, a commercial mail-receiving agency, or other receiver, but, in any case, must be the name of the company that actually resides at the preprinted address on the return envelope. This requirement does not apply to mail addressed to a United States Post Office box rented from the U.S. Postal Service.

Statutory Authority

§ 57-66 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 5, 2015.

2VAC5-610-40. Exemption from annual registration.

A. Documentation required for exemption application. Any charitable or civic organization claiming exemption from annual registration, pursuant to § 57-60 of the Code of Virginia, shall file with the commissioner on a form prescribed by the commissioner, an application for exemption from annual registration indicating the category of the exemption claimed, with all questions answered, with required signatures, and with all attachments required by Chapter 5 (§ 57-48 et seq.) of Title 57 of the Code of Virginia. The completed exemption application shall include the following attachments:

1. Fee. A fee in the amount prescribed in subsection C of § 57-60 of the Code of Virginia, made payable to "Treasurer of Virginia";

2. Financial report. A copy of one of the following:

a. For all organizations with prior financial history:

(1) The completed IRS Form 990, 990-PF, or 990-EZ, for the past fiscal year, with all schedules, as required by the IRS, except Schedule B, and with all attachments, as filed with the IRS. The form must be signed or, if the form is filed electronically with the IRS, the organization must submit a copy of the IRS e-file signature authorization;

(2) Certified audited financial statements for the past fiscal year; or

(3) If the organization's annual income qualifies the organization to file Form 990-N with the IRS, a certified treasurer's report for the past fiscal year.

b. For a newly organized charitable or civic organization that has no financial history, a budget for the current fiscal year shall be filed;

3. Key personnel. A listing for the current fiscal year of the officers, directors, trustees, and principal salaried executive staff officer, including their names, addresses, and titles within the organization;

4. Contracts. A signed copy of all current contracts with any professional fund-raising counsel and any professional solicitor, as required in § 57-54 of the Code of Virginia;

5. Governing documents. Except as provided in subdivision B 2 of this section, if the organization is incorporated, a copy of the certificate of incorporation, articles of incorporation, and any subsequent amendments to those documents; if unincorporated, any governing documents;

6. Bylaws. Except as provided in subdivision B 2 of this section, a copy of the organization's bylaws and any subsequent amendments to that document; and

7. Tax exemption. If the organization is listed with the IRS as tax exempt, a copy of the IRS determination letter and any subsequent notifications of modification; if tax exempt status is pending, a copy of the completed IRS application form as filed with the IRS.

B. Additional documentation required for specific categories of exemption. In addition to the documentation required in subsection A of this section, the organization shall submit the following documentation for the specific exemption application category named below:

1. Category A, Educational Institutions:

a. Educational institutions that do not confine solicitations to their student body, alumni, faculty, trustees, and their families shall provide a copy of their accreditation certificate as proof of qualification for this exemption.

b. Any foundation having an established identity with any accredited educational institution shall provide a copy of the institution's accreditation certificate and a letter, written by the principal, dean, or the head of the institution by whatever name known, which states that the institution recognizes and corroborates the established identity.

2. Category B, Solicitation for a Named Individual: In the absence of articles of incorporation and bylaws, the charitable organization shall file a copy of the trust agreement or similar document that includes the following information:

a. The names of the persons who control the funds and the fund account;

b. The number of signatures required to extract funds from the fund account;

c. A statement that all contributions collected, without any deductions whatsoever, shall be turned over to the named beneficiary for his use; and

d. A statement, in the event the named beneficiary dies, naming those persons to whom any funds remaining will be distributed upon dissolution of the fund account.

3. Category C, Solicitations not to Exceed $5,000: A copy of the organization's budget for the current calendar year and copies of the certified treasurer's reports for the three previous calendar years, or for the calendar years of the organization's existence if less than three years.

4. Category D, Membership Solicitation Only:

a. The charitable organization shall submit documentation of the dues structure for each class of members; and

b. The charitable organization shall submit copies of any membership recruitment correspondence for the past two mailings.

5. Category E, Solicitations by a Nonresident Charitable Organization: A complete description of all solicitations to be conducted in Virginia by the organization.

6. Category F, Solicitations Confined to Five or Fewer Contiguous Cities and Counties:

a. The organization applying for this exemption (applicant organization) shall submit a copy of each local solicitation permit with the application for exemption.

b. If the organization applying for this exemption (applicant organization) grants money to another charitable organization (grantee) that lies within the area covered by this exemption but pays the grantee's money to the grantee's parent organization that lies outside the area covered by the exemption, then the applicant organization shall keep on file for three years a statement, prepared by the parent organization, that the grant funds are disbursed to the grantee.

7. Category G, Civic Organization: No additional documentation is required.

8. Category H, Health Care Institutions: The charitable organization shall submit a copy of one of the following in support of the category of application:

a. The license issued by the Department of Health or by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services;

b. Documentation to show that the health care institution has been designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a federally qualified health center;

c. A copy of the CMS-issued rural health clinic certificate;

d. A copy of the free clinic's purpose as stated in its governing documents; or

e. If applying as a supporting organization, a copy of the health care institution's documentation, as specified in subdivision 8 a, b, c, or d of this subsection, and a letter from the health care institution's president, or head by whatever name known, acknowledging that the supporting organization exists solely to support the health care institution. If more than one health care institution is supported, supply this documentation for each health care institution.

For any year in which a health care institution fails to qualify for designation as a federally qualified health center, that health care institution shall file with the commissioner a registration statement for a charitable organization, on a form prescribed by the commissioner in accordance with § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia and 2VAC5-610-20, or submit any other applicable exemption application, in accordance with § 57-60 of the Code of Virginia and this section.

9. Category I, Nonprofit Debt Counseling Agencies: A copy of the nonprofit debt counseling license issued by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, pursuant to § 6.2-2001 of the Code of Virginia.

10. Category J, Area Agencies on Aging: A copy of the agreement between the charitable organization and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, pursuant to subdivision A 6 of § 51.5-135 of the Code of Virginia, which designates the organization as an area agency on aging.

11. Category K, Trade Associations: No additional documentation required.

12. Category L, Labor Unions, Labor Associations, and Labor Organizations: No additional documentation required.

13. Category M, Virginia Area Health Education Centers: Copy of the consortium letter issued by the program.

14. Category N, Regional Emergency Medical Services Councils: Copy of the designation letter issued by the Commissioner of Health.

15. Category O, Nonprofit that Solicits Only through Grant Proposals: Copy of the IRS determination letter recognizing the organization as a § 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

C. Consolidated, or "joint," exemptions. A consolidated, or "joint," exemption from annual registration, as described in subsection C of § 57-60 of the Code of Virginia will apply to those local chapters, branches, or affiliates that belong to a network membership. In this instance, the parent membership organization shall submit the consolidated application on behalf of its local chapters, branches, or affiliates, and, if exempted, shall submit a membership roster annually to the commissioner. If the exemption category is of a local nature, such as for civic organizations, the exemption shall apply to the local chapters, but not to the parent organization, if the parent organization, in this instance, is soliciting contributions statewide. In this instance, the parent organization shall file its own application for exemption under § 57-60 of the Code of Virginia, if applicable, or its own annual registration under § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 57-66 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-06-01 § 4, eff. March 14, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2002; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 5, 2015.

2VAC5-610-50. Discontinuance of solicitations in Virginia.

A. Ceasing solicitations. If a charitable or civic organization ceases to solicit contributions in Virginia, the charitable or civic organization shall notify the commissioner on or before the 15th day of the fifth month following the end of the organization's fiscal year and shall submit a copy of the completed IRS Form 990, 990-PF, or 990-EZ, for the past fiscal year, with all schedules, as required by the IRS, except Schedule B, and with all attachments, as filed with the IRS, or with certified audited financial statements for the past fiscal year, or if the organization's annual income qualifies the organization to file Form 990-N with the IRS, a certified treasurer's report for the past fiscal year. If the organization submits the IRS Form 990, 990-PF, or 990 EZ, the form must be signed or, if the form is filed electronically with the IRS, the organization must submit a copy of the IRS e-file signature authorization.

B. Dissolution of a charitable or civic organization. Upon a charitable or civic organization's dissolution, the organization shall submit a copy of its certificate of dissolution and a statement showing the distribution of its funds. Such statement shall be a copy of the IRS Form 990, Form 990-PF, or Form 990-EZ with all schedules, as required by the IRS, except Schedule B, and with all attachments, as filed with the IRS upon dissolution, or certified audited financial statements, or if annual income qualifies the organization to file Form 990-N with the IRS, a certified treasurer's report, showing the distribution of its funds. If the organization submits the IRS Form 990, 990-PF, or 990 EZ, the form must be signed or, if the form is filed electronically with the IRS, the organization must submit a copy of the IRS e-file signature authorization.

Statutory Authority

§ 57-66 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-06-01 § 5, eff. March 14, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2002; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 5, 2015.

Part III
Rules Governing a Professional Fund-Raising Counsel

2VAC5-610-60. Registration of a professional fund-raising counsel.

A. Documentation required for registration. Any professional fund-raising counsel subject to registration, pursuant to § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, shall file with the commissioner a registration statement on a form prescribed by the commissioner, with all questions answered and with an officer's notarized signature. The completed registration statement shall include the following attachments:

1. Fee. An annual fee in the amount prescribed in subsection A of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, made payable to "Treasurer of Virginia"; and

2. Contracts. A signed copy of all current contracts with charitable or civic organizations soliciting in Virginia, as required by § 57-54 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Preprinted return addresses. Pursuant to subsection L of § 57-57 of the Code of Virginia, the preprinted address on any return envelope, prepared under the direction of the professional fund-raising counsel and provided to a potential donor, that is not addressed to the charitable or civic organization's own primary address, shall include the name of the business located at the address on the return envelope in the following format:

ABC Charity
c/o XYZ Company
111 Main Street (#)
City, ST Zip Code

The name on line two may be the name of the professional fund-raising counsel, a third party caging company or bank, a commercial mail-receiving agency, or other receiver, but, in any case, must be the name of the company that actually resides at the preprinted address on the return envelope. This requirement does not apply to mail addressed to a United States Post Office box rented from the U.S. Postal Service.

Statutory Authority

§ 57-66 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-06-01 § 6, eff. March 14, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2002; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 5, 2015.

Part IV
Rules Governing a Professional Solicitor

2VAC5-610-70. Rules governing a professional solicitor.

A. Documentation required for registration. Any professional solicitor subject to registration, pursuant to § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, shall file with the commissioner a registration statement on a form prescribed by the commissioner, with all questions answered and with an officer's notarized signature. In accordance with subsection A of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, a professional solicitor may register for and pay a single fee on behalf of all its members, officers, agents (including any subcontractors), and employees. For any specific campaign, any agent or subcontractor not directly under contract or agreement to the registered professional solicitor must file with the commissioner its own registration. The completed registration statement shall include the following attachments:

1. Fee. An annual fee and late filing fee, if applicable, in the amount prescribed in subsection A of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, made payable to "Treasurer of Virginia";

2. Bond. The completed professional solicitor's bond form prescribed by the commissioner as required in subsection B of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, with corporate surety authorized by the Virginia State Corporation Commission to act as a surety within the Commonwealth;

3. Governing documents. A copy of the certificate and articles of incorporation, if the solicitor is incorporated, and, if a nonresident (foreign) partnership or corporation, the certificate of authority to transact business in Virginia, as required by the Virginia State Corporation Commission; and

4. Contracts. A signed copy of all current contracts with charitable or civic organizations soliciting in Virginia, as required by § 57-54 of the Code of Virginia, and all current contracts with any agents or subcontractors hired to fulfill the terms of the contracts with those charitable or civic organizations.

B. Written authorization from charitable organizations. No professional solicitor or subcontractor shall solicit in the name of, or on behalf of, any charitable or civic organization unless such solicitor has filed with the commissioner one copy of a written authorization from two officers of such organization, as required in subsection F of § 57-57 of the Code of Virginia. Such written authorization shall be submitted as a solicitation notice or consent to solicit on a form prescribed by the commissioner. The consent to solicit shall be submitted by the professional solicitor for each agent or subcontractor authorized by the charitable or civic organization to conduct the fund-raising campaign. The consent to solicit shall be submitted by the professional solicitor for each charitable or civic organization named in a fund-raising campaign, in addition to the charitable or civic organization with which the professional solicitor has a contract or agreement.

C. Disclosures.

1. Pursuant to § 57-55.2 of the Code of Virginia, each professional solicitor shall, in the course of an oral solicitation:

a. Identify himself by:

(1) Disclosing his own real first name and surname;

(2) Stating affirmatively that he is a "paid solicitor"; and

(3) Disclosing the primary name under which the professional solicitor is registered with the commissioner or, if he is employed by a subcontractor, disclosing the primary name of the subcontractor as identified on the consent to solicit form prescribed by the commissioner; and

b. Identify his employing charitable or civic organization by disclosing the primary name, as registered with the commissioner, of the charitable or civic organization for which the solicitation is being made.

An example of the disclosure for a professional solicitor would be: "This is John Doe, a paid solicitor of XYZ Company. I'm calling on behalf of DEF Charity."

An example of the disclosure for a subcontractor would be: "This is John Doe, a paid solicitor of XYZ Company. I'm calling on behalf of DEF Charity."

An example of the disclosure for an employee of a subcontractor would be: "This is John Doe, a paid solicitor of ABC subcontractor. I'm calling on behalf of DEF Charity."

2. Pursuant to clause (iii) of § 57-55.2 of the Code of Virginia, each professional solicitor shall, in the course of a written solicitation, include the following statement: "The professional solicitor conducting this campaign, (primary name of professional solicitor), files a financial report for each campaign it conducts. Copies of these financial reports are available from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218." This statement shall be in bold typeface no smaller than 10-point with grammatically correct capitalization and lowercase letters. The statement shall appear on the front side of the document on a portion that is retained by the potential donor.

3. Pursuant to subsection L of § 57-57 of the Code of Virginia, the preprinted address on any return envelope, prepared under the direction of the professional solicitor and provided to a potential donor, that is not addressed to the charitable or civic organization's own primary address, shall include the name of the business located at the address on the return envelope in the following format:

ABC Charity

c/o XYZ Company

111 Main Street (#)

City, ST Zip Code

The name on line two may be the name of the professional solicitor, a third party caging company or bank, a commercial mail-receiving agency, or other receiver, but, in any case, must be the name of the company that actually resides at the preprinted address on the return envelope. This requirement does not apply to mail addressed to a United States Post Office box rented from the U.S. Postal Service.

D. Contribution collection devices.

1. Pursuant to subsections A and D and clause (i) of subsection F of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, for a solicitation campaign employing collection devices including, but not limited to, vending machines or canisters, the professional solicitor shall maintain a record listing each establishment in which a collection device is placed including:

a. The name of the establishment;

b. The primary address of the establishment;

c. The name of the person in the establishment who granted permission to place the collection device there;

d. The date the collection device was placed in the establishment; and

e. The date on which the collection device was removed.

2. The professional solicitor employing contribution collection devices shall comply with the disclosure provisions of subsection C of this section and with the campaign documents provisions of subsection E of this section.

E. Fund-raising campaign forms.

1. The professional solicitor shall submit the solicitation notice and final accounting report, on forms prescribed by the commissioner, as required in subsections A and D of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, and such forms shall not be considered as filed unless all questions are answered and contain original signatures of all required parties.

2. The professional solicitor shall submit the completed solicitation notice on a form prescribed by the commissioner:

a. Prior to any fund-raising campaign; and

b. Annually, on or before the anniversary of the contract date, for any continuous fund-raising campaign.

3. The professional solicitor shall submit an amended solicitation notice on a form prescribed by the commissioner within seven days of any changes to information previously submitted.

4. The professional solicitor shall submit, upon cancellation of a fund-raising campaign prior to any solicitations, a copy of the completed solicitation notice form previously filed, with a statement indicating that the campaign has been canceled. If a campaign is canceled after solicitations have begun, the professional solicitor shall notify the commissioner of the cancellation within seven days of the cancellation and submit the final accounting report on a form prescribed by the commissioner in accordance with subsection E of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia and this section.

5. The professional solicitor shall submit the final accounting report on a form prescribed by the commissioner:

a. Not later than 90 days after the completion date of the solicitation campaign, or in accordance with extensions granted pursuant to subsection E of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, and any subsequent changes in the information submitted shall be reported every 90 days thereafter for a fund-raising campaign of finite duration; and

b. On an annual basis, not later than 90 days after the anniversary of the contract date, or in accordance with extensions granted pursuant to subsection E of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, for a continuous fund-raising campaign.

6. The final accounting report required by subdivision E 5 of this section shall not be considered as filed if the completed form does not contain original signatures or if any blanks are not filled in or attachments are missing. Any applicable late filing fees, pursuant to subsection E of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia, will continue to accrue until a completed final accounting report is filed.

7. The professional solicitor shall maintain during the solicitation, and for a period of three years thereafter, acknowledgment of receipt of donated tickets on a form prescribed by the commissioner from each person or charitable or civic organization to accept tickets and specifying the number of persons on whose behalf tickets were to be accepted. Such completed forms shall be submitted after notice from the commissioner to produce such, pursuant to subsection M of § 57-57 of the Code of Virginia.

F. Subcontractors.

1. Filing requirements.

a. Any subcontractor operating under a contract or agreement with a registered professional solicitor shall be treated as an agent of that professional solicitor and is not required to register.

b. Any agent, but not an employee, of a subcontractor operating under a contract or agreement with that subcontractor to solicit shall register separately.

2. Authorizations to solicit.

a. Subcontractors shall operate under a written contract and such contract shall be filed with the commissioner, pursuant to subdivision A 4 of this section.

b. Subcontractors shall have written authorization from two officers of the charitable or civic organization to solicit on their behalf. Such authorization may be filed on a consent to solicit form prescribed by the commissioner.

3. Subcontractors shall keep records in accordance with subsection F of § 57-61 of the Code of Virginia and shall furnish either the originals or copies to the registered professional solicitor.

Statutory Authority

§ 57-66 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-06-01 § 7, eff. March 14, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2002; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 5, 2015.

Part V
General Provisions

2VAC5-610-80. General provisions.

A. Deceptive names. No charitable or civic organization, professional solicitor, or other person shall solicit contributions using a word, name, symbol or device, or any combination thereof, or identifying itself or its client with a word, name, symbol or device, or any combination thereof, that is likely to cause confusion or to cause mistake or to deceive the public by:

1. Using a name that may cause an entity to be confused with or mistaken for another previously registered or exempt entity; or

2. Using a name that may cause a professional solicitor to be confused with or mistaken for a charitable or civic organization, or mistaken for having the status of a charitable or civic organization.

B. Financial standards. Fiscal records shall be kept in accordance with the standards and practices as specified in § 57-53 of the Code of Virginia or generally accepted accounting principles and reporting practices of the organization's particular field as recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

C. Disclosure by for-profit organizations. Every professional solicitor that solicits contributions for a for-profit organization and every for-profit organization required to issue a written statement for contributions received shall include in the disclosure required by § 57-55.2:1 of the Code of Virginia a statement that the contributors' donations are not tax-deductible on the contributors' income tax returns.

D. Receipt. The department shall deem completed documents to be filed or received (i) on the date received by the department or (ii) if sent by mail, on the date postmarked provided the document is received by the department subsequent to the mailing.

E. Filing on a holiday. When the date for the annual renewal of registration of a charitable organization, professional fund-raising counsel, or professional solicitor falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a state or federal holiday, filing shall be due on the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or a state or federal holiday.

F. Change in information filed. Except as otherwise provided by the Code of Virginia or by this chapter, every registered charitable organization, professional fund-raising counsel, and professional solicitor shall report to the commissioner, in writing, any change in information previously filed with the commissioner within seven days after the change occurs.

Statutory Authority

§ 57-66 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-06-01 § 8, eff. March 14, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2002; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 5, 2015.

FORMS (2VAC5-610).

Remittance Form - Virginia Exemption Application for a Charitable or Civic Organization, Form 100, OCRP-100 (rev. 11/2013)

Remittance Form - Charitable Organization, Form 102, OCRP-102 (rev. 6/2015)

Request for Extension of Time to File Annual Registration Renewal, OCRP-102-X (eff. 10/2013)

Remittance Form - Professional Fundraising Counsel, Form 103, OCRP-103 (rev. 6/2015)

Remittance Form - Professional Solicitor, Form 104, OCRP-104 (rev. 6/2015)

Professional Solicitor's Bond, OCRP-105 (rev. 10/2012)

Solicitation Notice, Form 120, OCRP-120 (rev. 8/2013)

Consent to Solicit, Form 121, OCRP-121 (rev. 11/2012)

Remittance Form - Professional Solicitor's Final Accounting Report Late Fees, Form 130, OCRP-130 (rev. 11/2013)

Schedule A - Accounting for All Ticket Sales, Including Solicitation for Donated Tickets, Form 131, OCRP-131 (rev. 11/2012)

Commitment for Receipt of Donated Tickets, Form 132, OCRP-132 (rev. 11/2012)

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