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Charitable Fundraising Reports Updated
(Published: November 19, 2014)
Holiday Closures for Secretary of State's Office
(Published: November 13, 2014)

In celebration of the Thanksgiving and the Columbus Day holidays, the Secretary of State's office and all of its operating divisions will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. (Gov. Bill Haslam used his executive authority to designate that the state holiday for Columbus Day be moved to Nov. 28.) The Tennessee State Library and Archives will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. The Secretary of State's other divisions will reopen on Monday, Dec. 1 at 8 a.m.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Secretary of State's Office Closed for Veterans Day Holiday
(Published: October 28, 2014)

The Secretary of State's office and all of its operating divisions will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 to commemorate the Veterans Day holiday. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. If you have business with the office, please plan accordingly.

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The Division of Charitable Solicitations 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) 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:

    1. Make the information obtained from the above activities available to citizens to assist them in making decisions about their charitable giving, and
    2. Assist charitable organizations meet the legal requirements as they relate to charitable fundraising.
    3. 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.

Charitable Solicitations and Gaming
Brent Culberson, Director
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Snodgrass Tower, 8th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-2555
charitable.solicitations@tn.gov

 

Below are answers to frequently asked questions.

Can't find what you need? Contact Charitable Fundraising at (615) 741-2555, 1-800-861-7393 (complaints about solicitations) or charitable.solicitations@tn.gov