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Charities, Professional Fundraisers and Solicitors, and Raffles

The Secretary of State’s Office Division of Public Charities regulates charitable organizations and professional fundraisers under the S.C. Code Ann., Title 33, Chapter 56, Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act and regulates the registration and financial reporting of certain nonprofit organizations wishing to conduct raffles in the state under S.C. Code Ann., Title 33, Chapter 57, Nonprofit Raffles for Charitable Purposes. There are approximately 10,000 charitable organizations, 200 raffles and 2,000 professional fundraisers registered with the Division.

  1. The Division oversees the annual registration and financial reporting requirements for charitable organizations. For more information on charitable organizations, please visit the Public Charities page.
  2. The Division also oversees the annual registration of professional fundraisers. Professional fundraisers include solicitors, fundraising counsels, and commercial co-venturers. In addition to registration, other filing requirements are specific to each type of professional fundraiser. For more information on professional fundraisers, please visit the Professional Fundraisers and Solicitors page.
  3. Finally, the Division oversees the annual registration and financial reporting requirements for nonprofit organizations wishing to conduct raffles. For more information on conducting raffles, please visit the Raffles page.

If you would like to file a complaint about a charitable organization, professional fundraiser, or nonprofit raffle, or about any solicitation that you have received for a charitable contribution, please submit your Charitable Solicitation Complaint online. You may also contact the Secretary of State’s Investigations Division directly at investigations@sos.sc.gov or (803) 734-1790.

You may also want an overview of deadlines with the Division of Public Charities (PDF).

To inquire about federal 501(c)(3) status by phone, call 877-829-5500. Additional information for nonprofit organizations can be found at Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits.

All documents and correspondence should be mailed to:
SC Secretary of State's Office
Attn: Charities Division
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525 
Columbia, SC 29201
charities@sos.sc.gov
Telephone inquiries may be directed to (803) 734-1790