Principle 31 from the Principles of Good Governance and Ethical Practice states:
A charitable organization should provide appropriate training and supervision of the people soliciting funds on its behalf to ensure that they understand their responsibilities and applicable federal, state and local laws, and do not employ techniques that are coercive, intimidating, or intended to harass potential donors.
Here are a few resources that can help you ensure your staff and consultants working with your organization understand their responsibilities and the federal, state and local laws that relate to charitable solicitation.
Did you know that your nonprofit may need to register in other states if it is asking for contributions from residents of those states? Or that something as simple as having a "donate now" link on your nonprofit's e-newsletters that go beyond your state's borders may equate to "fundraising solicitation" that triggers a registration obligation in some states? Charitable solicitation laws vary widely from state to state and compliance can be confusing, costly, and time-consuming. Charitable Solicitation Compliance: An explanation of state charitable registration requirements, a new guide from Harbor Compliance and the National Council of Nonprofits, can help your nonprofit navigate the existing maze of state laws that regulate fundraising registration requirements.
Access the Hawaii Charity Registration Site, for charitable organizations that solicit contributions in Hawaii. The site includes FAQ’s about who is required to register, and step-by-step guides on how to start and complete the registration process and how to submit your annual financial report.
Learn about the Hawaii Professional Fundraising System, which allows you to search and view all the registration data, contracts, and financial reports filed by paid professional solicitors and fundraising counsel that provide services to registered charities soliciting contributions from donors in Hawaii OR register and file annual renewals with the Department of the Attorney General if you are a professional solicitor or fundraiser.