Professional solicitors who are retained by charities to raise funds on their behalf must be registered in Ohio before working on any campaigns seeking support from Ohioans. The new registration year begins April 1, and solicitors have until March 31 to ensure their registration status can continue uninterrupted.
Information sought in the registration process includes questions about staff and leaders of the organization and details about who has control of funds raised on behalf of the charities. These questions help ensure that the firms are complying with the requirements of the charitable solicitation law, which can be found in Ohio Revised Code Section 1716.
In addition to providing responses to questions, solicitors must be bonded, and this information must be included in the online registration process.
A listing of all solicitors registered in Ohio is routinely updated and listed on the Attorney General’s website. Anyone receiving a solicitation from an unregistered solicitor should file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section. Information about solicitor registration and filing a complaint can be found at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/Charities.