Professional fundraisers are outside entities who raise money on behalf of charities. These fundraisers must register with the Office of the Attorney General, pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 13C.
"Professional fundraiser" means any person, who for compensation, solicits contributions in Iowa for a charitable organization other than the person. A person whose sole responsibility is to mail fundraising literature is not a professional fundraiser. A lawyer, investment counselor, or banker who advises a person to make a charitable contribution is not, as a result of such advice, a professional fundraiser. A bona fide salaried officer, employee, or volunteer of a charitable organization is not a professional fundraiser.
Professional fundraisers have a more extensive form of regulation when hired by charities to raise funds on their behalf. Professional fundraisers must register with the Office of the Attorney General.
Note: The registration requirement is only for professional fundraisers. Charitable organizations that do not utilize the services of a professional fundraiser to raise funds are not required to register under this chapter of the Iowa Code. Professional fundraisers must disclose each charity for which they raise funds on the Professional Fundraiser Registration Form, regardless of where the funds are solicited.
How to Register
You can register the professional fundraisers with the Iowa Attorney General either online or with a printable form. Please Note: A $1 convenience fee will be added for online payment of Registration Fees.
888-777-4590 (outside of the Des Moines metro area)
Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
Consumer Protection Division
Hoover State Office Building
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0106