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There are three different categories of users who will use the charities and fundraising professionals registration system, each one of which will have a slightly different account setup. Please read through the following descriptions if you have any doubt about which account type you should establish.

Charitable Organization

A charitable organization is defined broadly under the act to include any person who in any manner makes a charitable appeal or an appeal which suggests that there is a charitable purpose behind any solicitation, or who is or holds himself or herself out to be a charitable organization. It is not confined to specific tax-exempt categories used by the Internal Revenue Service. For a full definition, see Revised Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act Title 6, Article 16. For-profit public benefit corporations or benefit corporations that "solicit" contributions (as defined in 6-16-103(10), C.R.S.) can register as a charitable organization.

Professional Fundraising Consultant

A professional fundraising consultant is anyone other than an officer or regular employee of a charitable organization who is retained by a charitable organization to plan, manage, advise, consult, or prepare material for a solicitation of charitable contributions in Colorado, but who does not directly solicit or employ anyone to solicit such contributions. Keep in mind that anyone who mails fundraising literature is considered to be a paid solicitor by definition, unless that person's sole responsibility is the printing and mailing of such literature. This exemption is intended to cover people in the printing industry. A lawyer, investment counselor, or banker who advises a person to make a charitable contribution is not considered to be a professional fundraising consultant. A professional fundraising consultant only needs to register if he or she at any time has custody or control of contributions from a solicitation campaign. For a full definition see Revised Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act Title 6, Article 16.

Paid Solicitor

A paid solicitor is any person who is paid to perform any service in which contributions will be solicited in Colorado, or who employs or contracts with any other paid person to solicit, directly or indirectly, for contributions. There are a few exemptions from this definition, including people in the printing business, bona fide volunteers, officers or employees of certain types of tax-exempt organizations as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (specifically those identified at 26 U.S.C. sec. 501 (c)(3), (c)(4), (c)(8), (c)(10), or (c)(19)), and lawyers, investment counselors, or bankers who advise a person to make a charitable contribution. For a full definition, see Revised Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act Title 6, Article 16.

Public Benefit Corporations

A for-profit public benefit corporation or benefit corporation that "solicits" contributions (as defined in 6-16-103(10), C.R.S.) can register as a charitable organization.


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