how to file a charity registration

DIY - How to File a Charity Registration

One of the requirements many states implement for nonprofit organizations is the charity registration. Whenever any individual or organization raises funds for a charitable purpose, the state typically wants to know about it. This is an attempt to prevent scam organizations from presenting themselves as legitimate 501(c)(3) charities.

The process for this ranges widely between states (e.g. Ohio’s simple online platform to Massachusetts’ 14-page Form PC). This guide provides a list of information and documents likely needed, regardless of the size of the organization.

Parent Booster USA completes* these filings for full-service members. However, we understand that some people like to do things themselves, so we have created this DIY guide. If you would like our assistance with this or anything else, we are here to help.

*Additional filing fees charged by your state are not included in the cost of membership and must be invoiced separately.


With PBUSA membership, we file all the IRS and state paperwork. We keep your booster club up and running year after year.