Will enable charities and professional fundraisers to comply with fundraising regulations in one place
The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO), the Multistate Registration and Filing Portal, Inc. (MRFP), GuideStar, and CityBase have joined forces to simplify compliance with state fundraising regulations.
“Thirty-nine states require charities and professional fundraisers to register before raising money,” explained MRFP president Chris Cash. MRFP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed by NASCO members in 2013 for the purposes of administering and contracting for the development of the single filing portal. “The registration and reporting requirements vary from state to state. Online fundraising has further complicated this situation. We need to simplify the state registration process through a single national charity registration system. We are excited to be partnering with GuideStar and CityBase to create this.”
“The current registration and reporting process is time-consuming and complicated,” noted Josh Goldstein, VP of product at CityBase, a provider of end-to-end payment solutions, digital services, and API development for local governments and utilities. “Nonprofits spend lots of time each year navigating these state-by-state reporting requirements. The portal will save charities time by capturing this information in one place. We will also ‘auto-fill’ many fields with data that GuideStar has collected from the IRS or from the charities themselves.”
The portal also will increase nonprofit transparency. “We are working with the state charity offices to help them use this registration data in their work,” stated Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations and itself a 501(c)(3) public charity. “We will also make much of the registration data, minus private information, available for download. Researchers, policy makers, and the public will be able to use this open data to learn more about the sector. We will also incorporate state registration information into GuideStar’s Nonprofit Profiles. We are proud to help charities devote more time to their missions while ensuring compliance with state requirements.”
CityBase and GuideStar will launch an initial prototype with registrations for a few states this summer. They will work with NASCO to add more states prior to a full launch later in 2018. Additional states will be added over time to eventually create what proponents hope will be a 39-state solution.
This post is based on a press release that will be issued by GuideStar on April 4, 2018.