In addition to helping individuals form charitable organizations, obtain tax-exempt status from the IRS, and obtain answers to a whole host of other related legal issues, the firm’s nonprofit practice group also helps organizations comply with the various state charitable solicitation registration statutes.

The statutes of 39 states and the District of Columbia generally require organizations that solicit contributions within the states to register with the states before they solicit contributions. Failure to comply with these statutes can result in formal legal actions, the imposition of significant fines and penalties, and negative publicity for any organization found to have violated them.

Complying with the requirements of all 39 states and the District of Columbia necessarily consumes significant amounts of a national charity’s time and money.  Because of its experience in this area, Montgomery, McCracken is able to register most organizations with the 39 states and the District of Columbia for a fixed legal fee, plus filing charges and costs, rather than having to charge its usual hourly rates.  The firm also provides similar registration services for the for-profit professional fundraisers that charitable organizations often hire to assist them with their fundraising efforts.