Charities and Fundraisers FAQs
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- Authorized officer
- The authorized officer is the person who is responsible for signing forms on behalf of an organization, paid solicitor or professional fundraising consultant. The person must be an officer of a nonprofit organization, a trustee of a charitable trust, or a senior manager of any other organization that must file under the Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act . The authorized officer is also considered the account manager.
- Charitable organization
organization" refers to any organization or person who is or claims to
be established for charitable purposes. It is not limited to
specific tax-exempt categories used by the Internal Revenue Service
The definition of a charitable organization is very broad, and
includes anyone who makes a charitable appeal or who suggests that there
is a charitable purpose for any solicitation. 
- When discussing solicitations by container, "container" means a box, carton,
package, receptacle, canister, jar, dispenser, or machine.
Fair market value
The normal or average price that a good or service would ordinarily command in the marketplace.
A grant writer is an independent contractor who writes grant proposals for charitable organizations. The grant writer is not making a charitable appeal, he or she is only writing a proposal that will be used by the organization to pursue a grant.
"Interactive website" means a website that allows a contribution or product
purchase through an electronic transaction. A website is considered interactive if it has
this capability, whether or not donors actually use it.
"Other offices" usually share the federal employer identification number (FEIN) of the parent organization. These are different than
chapters, branches, affiliates or other offices that have their own
A paid solicitor is a person who is paid to solicit contributions in Colorado. This includes any services connected to soliciting contributions, such as those who employ or contract with other paid persons to solicit for contributions.
There are a few exemptions , including bona fide volunteers and officers or employees of certain types
of tax-exempt organizations . Lawyers, investment counselors, or bankers who advise
a person to make a charitable contribution are also exempt. Anyone
who mails fundraising literature is considered to be a paid solicitor, unless that person's only responsibility is the printing and mailing
of the literature. This exemption is intended to cover people in the printing
Professional fundraising consultant
A professional fundraising consultant:
A professional fundraising consultant only needs to register if he
or she has custody or control of contributions from a solicitation
campaign at any time. 
- Is a person who is hired by a charitable
organization to plan, manage, advise, consult, or prepare material for the purpose of soliciting charitable contributions in Colorado.
- Does not directly
solicit or employ anyone to solicit contributions.
- Is not an officer or regular
employee of a charitable organization.
A registered agent is a person or entity who is responsible for receiving service of process for a business or organization. The registered agent must be located in Colorado. 
A registered agent must be on file for every registered charity, paid solicitor and professional fundraising consultant. 
You cannot appoint government offices or officials as your registered agent.
See the registered agent FAQs for more information.
Repeated and ongoing basis
"Repeated and ongoing basis", in relation to an interactive website, means 50 or more online contributions in any
Subordinate organizations are also known as chapters, branches, or
affiliates. Subordinate organizations are related to the parent
organization, but have separate federal employer identification numbers
"Substantial basis", in relation to an interactive website, means $25,000 or 1% of total
contributions, whichever is less, in online contributions in a fiscal year.
 See 8 CCR 1505-9, rule 1.3
 6-16-103(1), C.R.S.
 6-16-104(7), C.R.S.
 26 U.S.C. § 501 (c)(3), (c)(4), (c)(8),
 6-16-104(3), C.R.S.
 7-90-701, C.R.S.
 6-16-114, C.R.S.