Search for Professional Fundraisers
Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that charities use to solicit donations or assist in soliciting donations. If a charity is using a professional fundraiser, the fundraiser typically gets a “cut” of each donation made by the public. This fundraising fee reduces the amount that goes to the charity. You should determine if a charity uses a professional fundraiser. Professional fundraisers are required to register with the Attorney General’s Office. You may use the form below to search for professional fundraisers registered in Minnesota.
How to Learn More About a Professional Fundraiser
If you find the professional fundraiser you are looking for, then it is currently registered in Minnesota. Be aware, however, that just because a professional fundraiser is registered does not necessarily mean the Attorney General’s Office has approved of its practices. Registered professional fundraisers must file materials every year that contain information about their operations, copies of all contracts they have entered into with charities, and financial reports describing their activities if they solicit on behalf of a charity. These documents are public, and many of them are online and available to download. If you cannot find the document you are looking for, you can contact the Charities Division of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office at (651) 757-1496 or (800) 657-3787 for further information. If you do not find the professional fundraiser you are looking for, it may not be registered in Minnesota. Failing to register with the Attorney General’s Office can be a red flag, and you should be cautious in deciding whether to donate to a charity through an unregistered professional fundraiser.
How Donors Can Help
Donors play an important role in helping ensure that charities in Minnesota—and the professional fundraisers they utilize—operate with integrity. If you believe that a professional fundraiser is soliciting funds in Minnesota without being properly registered with the Attorney General’s Office, or is engaged in other questionable activities, please report it to our Office by calling (651) 757-1496 or (800) 657-3787, or by submitting a Nonprofit/Charities Report form to:
Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-3353 (Twin Cities Calling Area)
(800) 657-3787 (Outside the Twin Cities)
TTY: (651) 297-7206 or TTY: (800) 366-4812