The Ohio Professional Solicitor and Fund-Raising Bond is required by the Ohio Attorney General Charitable Law Section in the amount of $25,000. The bond is necessary to register as a Fund-Raising Counsel OR Professional Solicitor for the period ending March 31 of the current year in accordance with the provisions of Sections 1716.05 and 1716.07 of the Ohio Revised Code. A professional solicitor is any person, group, or other entity that, for compensation, requests donations of money, property, financial assistance or any other thing of value with the representation that the donations, or a portion of the donations, will benefit a charitable organization or will be used for a charitable purpose.
Meanwhile, a fundraising counsel is any person, group, or other entity that is hired by a charitable organization to plan, manage, advise, consult, or prepare material for the solicitation of contributions by any charitable organization. A fundraising counsel does not solicit contributions or employ, procure, or otherwise engage any compensated person to solicit contributions. By getting the bond, the bondholder promises to fully and faithfully observe all provisions of Chapter 1716 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Other Registration Requirements
The registration may be filed online. To complete the registration and in addition to the $25,000 surety bond, the following must also be uploaded to the site:
- Additional Personnel – Attachment
- Disciplinary Actions – Attachment (If applicable)
- Registration Affidavit (Must be printed, signed and notarized prior to uploading; this affidavit is to be uploaded after the online registration form is submitted.)
How do I obtain a Ohio Professional Solicitor and Fund-Raising Bond?
Complete our easy to navigate online application. Within one business day, one of our licensed agents will contact you with a no-obligation quote for your bond (the “premium”). Once any necessary paperwork is signed and the premium payment is processed, your surety bond will be shipped to you via USPS Priority Mail (overnight shipping options also available).
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