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Subject 590-9-4 REGISTRATION OF CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS

Rule 590-9-4-.01 Prerequisites for Registration

(1) General prerequisites. A charitable organization which intends to solicit or have contributions solicited in this state on its behalf shall, prior to any solicitation, file an effective registration statement with the Secretary of State on Form C100 or the Uniform Registration Statement and comply with the requirements of O.C.G.A. § 43-17-5.
(2) Consent to Service of Process. To be registered as a charitable organization, an applicant must execute a consent to service of process on Form C100 provided by the Secretary of State and shall include the name of the authorized official.

Rule 590-9-4-.02 Amendments to Registration

Registration amendments required to be filed by O.C.G.A. § 43-17-5(b)(10) shall be made on Form C100.

Rule 590-9-4-.03 Records to Be Made and Maintained by Charitable Organizations

A charitable organization shall maintain, for a period of not less than three years, records of all correspondence and memoranda concerning all contributions over $25.00 received from any one person or organization .

Rule 590-9-4-.04 Charitable Organizations Renewal

(1) Each application for renewal may be filed at any time within ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of the registration statement.
(2) A renewal application received within thirty (30) days of the expiration date will be processed without penalty. A renewal application received more than thirty (30) days after the expiration date may be subject to the original filing fee and the completion and filing of a new Form C100 and all attachments.

Rule 590-9-4-.05 Determination of Filing Date; Abandonment of Applications

(1) Determination of Filing Date. A registration statement required by O.C.G.A. § 43-17-5 is considered filed when the completed application on Form C100 or the Unified Registration Statement and required filing fees are received by the Secretary of State.
(2) Abandoned Applications. When a registration is deficient, the Secretary of State may send a letter stating the grounds for the deficiency to the applicant. If no communication is received by the Secretary of State for a period of sixty (60) days, the application will be deemed to have been abandoned and the Secretary of State may issue a notice of opportunity for hearing pursuant the Act, stating that the Secretary of State proposes to issue an order dismissing the application without prejudice.

Rule 590-9-4-.06 Financial Statement

For the purposes of O.C.G.A § 43-17-5,"received or collected" is not deemed to include interest, dividends or other income derived from the investment of charitable funds.

Rule 590-9-4-.07 Forms for Charitable Organization Registration

For the purposes of O.C.G.A. § 43-17-5, charitable organizations that did not file a Form 990 or Form 990-EZ with the United States Internal Revenue Service shall file a C200 with the Secretary of State.