Registry Search Feature – Tips for Use and Definition of the Codes

While most of the search criteria are defined on the main search screen, a few require additional explanation. See definitions below:

State Charity Registration Number – Once an organization registers with the Registry, it is assigned a registration number.

Charity Registration Statuses

  • Closed-Registration Not Required – Status assigned to organizations whose scope of activities in California does not trigger the registration and reporting requirements at the moment under the Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act.

  • Current – Status assigned to charity registrants that are current in reporting to the Registry.

  • Delinquent – Status assigned to charity registrants that are delinquent in reporting to the Registry. This may mean they have not submitted the required annual renewal report (Form RRF-1) or have not submitted copies of IRS Form 990s as required.

  • Dissolution Pending – Status assigned by the Registry to a charity registrant that has submitted documents to the Registry for approval of the organization's dissolution.

  • Dissolution Waiver Issued – Status assigned to a charity registrant that has submitted documents to the Registry for approval of the organization's dissolution and the Registry has issued a waiver of objections to the dissolution plan.

  • Dissolved – Status assigned to a charity registrant after dissolution has been approved by the Secretary of State’s office.

  • Enforcement Action Pending – Status assigned to charity registrants whose registration is pending an enforcement action.

  • Exempt – Status assigned to organizations that have been determined as exempt from registration and reporting requirements under the Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act.

  • Exempt-Dissolution Pending – Status assigned to organizations that that have been determined as exempt from registration and reporting requirements under the Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act and are currently in the process of dissolving.

  • Exempt-Form 990-PF Required - Status assigned to religious organizations that have been determined as exempt from registration and reporting requirements under the Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act, but are still required to furnish a copy of their Form 990-PF and Form 4720 pursuant to Internal Revenue Code instructions.

  • Exempt-Religious - Status assigned to organizations that that have been determined as exempt as religious and are not subject to registration and reporting requirements under the Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act.

  • Facility Financing - Status assigned to organizations formed for public works that report to the State Controller’s Office (SCO). These non-profits are generally formed as Public Benefit corporations but have been determined as exempt from registration and reporting requirements under the Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act because they report to SCO.

  • Merged Out - Status assigned to a corporation that has merged out into another corporation. The “merging” corporation is not required to register nor file annual reports. The “surviving” corporation may be subject to registration and annual reporting.

  • Mutual Benefit-Status Pending - Status assigned to Mutual Benefit corporations incorporated through the Secretary of State. Some Mutual Benefit corporations are required to register and report annually to our office because they hold charitable assets. These organizations must submit documentation to our office in order to receive a determination on whether registration and reporting is required.

  • Never Registered – Dissolution Pending - Status assigned to a charity registrant that was Not Registered and has submitted documents to the Registry for approval of the organization's dissolution.

  • Never Registered – Dissolved - Status assigned to a charity registrant that was Not Registered with the Registry and has been dissolved by the Secretary of State’s office.

  • Not Registered - Status assigned by the Registry to an unregistered organization for which we have received notice from Secretary of State that the entity is incorporated in California. Newly incorporated religious and mutual benefit corporations that the Registry has not yet identified as exempt from registration and reporting requirements may also appear as “Not Registered.”

  • Not Registered-Cease and Desist Order - Status assigned to an unregistered organization that has been issued a Cease and Desist Order.

  • Registered-Corporate Trustee - Status assigned to corporate trustees. They must register, but are exempt from filing annual reports with the Registry. These entities are subject to all other provisions.

  • Reporting Incomplete - Status assigned to charity registrants that have submitted an incomplete current year filing that is not yet considered past due.

  • Revoked - Status assigned to charity registrants whose registration status has been revoked as a result of violations of the Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act (Govt. Code Section 12580, et seq.), including but not limited to the failure to file required annual reports. Charity registrants in Revoked status may not engage in any activity for which registration is required.

  • Subject to Cease and Desist Order - Status assigned to a charity registrant that has been issued a Cease and Desist Order.

  • Suspended - Status assigned to charity registrants whose registration status has been suspended as a result of failure to file some, or all, required annual reports. Charity registrants in Suspended status may not engage in any activity for which registration is required until they submit the required reports.

  • Trust Closed - Status assigned to trusts that no longer have a charitable purpose and, therefore, annual reporting to our office is not required.

  • Withdrawn - Status assigned to charity registrants who have electively withdrawn from California. Charity registrants in Withdrawn status may not engage in any activity for which registration in the State of California is required.

Charity Annual Renewal Information Statuses

The section labeled Annual Renewal Information contains information from the annual financial report (Form RRF-1) submitted by the organization as part of its reporting requirements under the Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act. Information regarding the organization’s revenue and assets is also displayed in this section, with the most recent information appearing toward the bottom of the screen.

  • Accepted - Completed annual filing.

  • E-Accepted - Complete annual filing provided electronically.

  • In Process - Annual filing that has been received by the Registry and has not been reviewed for completeness.

  • Incomplete - Annual filing that has been received by the Registry and found to be deficient in providing a Form RRF-1 and a complete IRS Form 990 filing (if required) or related attachments/schedules.

  • Not Submitted - Historical annual filing that has not been received by the Registry.

  • Rejected - Annual filing that has been received by the Registry with Form RRF-1 is found to be deficient. Missing, incomplete, incorrect, or failure to submit the correct fee may result in the “Rejected” annual filing status.

Professional Fundraiser Registration and Event Statuses

If a professional fundraiser is holding an event or campaign on the organization’s behalf, you may see information in the section labeled Prerequisite Information. If there is information in this section, you may click on the Registration No. link to be directed to a page that displays more detailed information about the fundraising event.

  • Awaiting Reporting - Status for fundraising events for which a financial accounting report has not yet been submitted.

  • Canceled - Status assigned by the Registry for fundraising events that were canceled by a commercial fundraiser or commercial coventurer.

  • Closed – Registration Not Required - Status assigned by the Registry for commercial fundraiser, commercial coventurer, and fundraising counsel where it has been determined registration is not required.

  • Complete - Status assigned by the Registry to fundraising events for which a financial accounting report has been submitted.

  • Enforcement Action Pending - Status assigned by the Registry for commercial fundraiser, commercial coventurer, and fundraising counsel for which there is pending action(s) against it.

  • Expired - Status assigned by the Registry to a commercial fundraiser, commercial coventurer, and fundraising counsel registrants who have not registered for the current registration year.

  • Incomplete - Status assigned by the Registry for Fundraising Events for which a Notice of Intent or a financial report is not complete.

  • Merged Out - Status assigned by the Registry to an organization for which they have merged into another commercial fundraiser, fundraising counsel, or commercial coventurer.

  • Not Registered - Status assigned by the Registry for commercial fundraiser, commercial coventurer, and fundraising counsel for which notice has been received and determined that registration may be required.

  • Registered - Status assigned by the Registry a commercial fundraiser, commercial coventurer, and fundraising counsel registrants who have registered for the current registration year.

  • Rejected - Status assigned to Notice of Intent forms filed by commercial fundraisers or fundraising counsels where the charity is not registered with the Registry.

  • Revoked - Status assigned by the Registry for a commercial fundraiser, commercial coventurer, and fundraising counsel whose registration status has been revoked as a result of violations of the Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act (Govt. Code Section 12580, et seq.), including but not limited to the failure to file required annual reports.

  • Subject to Cease and Desist Order - Status assigned by the Registry for a commercial fundraiser, commercial coventurer, and fundraising counsel that has active litigation cannot operate in the state.

  • Suspended – Bond Canceled - Status assigned by the Registry for a commercial fundraiser who has not filed a current bond. The commercial fundraiser cannot operate without a current bond.

  • Withdrawn - Status assigned by the Registry for a commercial fundraiser, commercial coventurer, and fundraising counsel who have notified our office they are no longer operating or no longer operating in the state of California.

Tips For Searching For Fundraising Events

If You Know The Fundraising Professional’s Name

First, select “Fundraising Professional” from the drop-down menu labeled Record Type and enter as much of the name as you know. You can do a wild card search by placing an asterisk (*) before or after your search criteria. For example, if you know the name starts with “Da” but aren’t sure of the rest of the name, you can enter “Da*” and the results will return a list of fundraising professionals whose names start with “Da." Scroll through the search results to find the fundraising professional you are searching for. NOTE: The fundraising professional may be listed multiple times, once by Registration Type (i.e., commercial fundraiser, commercial coventurer, or fundraising counsel), and once or multiple times by Registration Type of fundraising event. Registration Status of Fundraising events is listed as Awaiting Reporting, Complete, Incomplete, or Rejected. Once you select a fundraising event to view (by clicking on the name) you will be directed to the detail information for the event.

Please note that events with a Registration Number starting with “E” and filed by a commercial fundraiser will display detailed financial information for the event.

In the Prerequisite Information section of the detail screen you will see information displayed for the nonprofit organization for which the event was held. You can link to the detail information for the organization by clicking on the Registration No. link.

If You Know The Name Of The Nonprofit For Which The Event Is Held

First, search for the nonprofit by selecting “Charity” from the Record Type drop-down menu and “Charity Registration” from the Registration Type drop-down menu. Enter the Organization Name, State Charity Registration Number, FEIN, Secretary of State or Franchise Tax Board Number of the organization you are looking for and then click on the Search button. From the Search Results screen, select the organization by clicking on the name. A new screen will open which displays the detail information for the selected organization. Under the section labeled Prerequisite Information, data will display for any fundraising events on the organization’s behalf. You can view the detail information for the event by clicking on the Registration No. link.

Raffle Registration and Report Statuses

If the organization is registered to hold a raffle or a commercial fundraiser is holding an event or campaign on the organization’s behalf, you may see information in the section labeled Prerequisite Information. If there is information in this section you may click on the Registration No. link to be directed to a page that displays more detailed information about the raffle or fundraising event.

  • Awaiting Reporting - Status assigned to an organization who has not yet submitted a raffle report.

  • Complete - Status assigned to an organization who has submitted a completed raffle report.

  • Enforcement Action Pending - Status assigned to an organization for which there is pending raffle related action(s) against it.

  • Expired - Status assigned to an organization who has not registered for the current raffle registration year.

  • Incomplete - Status assigned to an organization that has submitted an incomplete raffle report.

  • Registered - Status assigned to an organization who has registered for the current raffle registration year.

  • Revoked - Status assigned by the Registry as a result of violations of Penal Code 320.5.

  • Subject to Cease and Desist Order - Status assigned to an organization who is in violation and cannot conduct raffles in the state.