Charitable Organizations Division

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Effective May, 2022 the following SOS Handbooks are available for purchase​:
  • Maryland Notaries Handbook
  • Maryland Condominium Act
  • Maryland Solicitations Act​

​These handbooks may be purchased by credit card online,
or, an order form may be downloaded to mail in payment with the order.
C​lick here​ for ​order form information, pricing and payment options​​.​​

If you have any questions, p​lease call 410-260-3876.


Charity Town Halls​

  1. 6/21/22 Charity Town Hall Recording: Professional Solicitor and Fund-Raising Counsel Town Hall Presentation​​​
  2. 4/4/22 Charity Town Hall Recording: Compliance & Enforcement - How to Avoid Complaints
  3. 2/28/22 Charity Town ​Hall Recording: Registration Requirements for Charities​ ​​
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  5. Charity Town Hall on Donor Education November 15, 2021​​​
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  7. 10/22/2021 Charity Town Hall on Cybercrime-Tips from Charity Leaders (video from the town hall) - - To view the slides from this town hall click here ​​
  8. Professional Solicitor and Fundraising Counsel Town Hall Presentation September 20, 2021
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  10. Charity Town Hall Presentation May 17, 2021​ ​ ​​​


  1. Donor Beware: Ukraine

  2. Charity Registration Extension for Victims of Tornadoes in 6 US States

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The Charitable Organizations Division annually registers, regulates and renews charitable organizations, Professional Solicitors and Fund-Raising Counsel soliciting charitable contributions in the State of Maryland. This includes the review of a charitable organization's financial and governing documents, as well as the review of all fund-raising contracts.

The Division administers and reviews applications for participation in the Maryland Charity Campaign for Maryland State Employees and Retirees. In order to encourage public confidence in the integrity of charities, current law mandates that charities reveal to the public their financial and programmatic activities, with the view that an informed public will exercise prudence in giving.

Legislation also established a Charitable Giving Information Progra​​m comprised of a toll-free line, a speaker's bureau and the production of charitable giving literature. The program is designed to increase public awareness and encourage questions regarding charitable giving, as well as to offer the public a means of voicing concerns and reporting suspected violations of the charitable law.

Statutory Authority: Business Regulation Article, §§6-101—6-701 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  


Many states have solicitation acts similar to the Maryland Solicitations Act. These statutes also generally require registration of charitable organizations soliciting in their states. click here​ for the print version of the Maryland Solicitation Act. Please be advised that although every effort has been made to reproduce the current text of the Maryland Code for these sections, this office does not warrant the accuracy of this content.

If a charitable organization is soliciting or is planning on soliciting charitable contributions in other states, the organization should contact the state agency responsible for the regulations of charitable solicitations and determine whether registration is required.

Questions: Telephone Numbers:
Shawn Estrada(410) 260-3974
Stephanie Marsiglia   (410) 974-2620
Jasmine Neal(410) 974​-5549
Tricia Wetzel(410) 260-3890
Kimberly Smith(410) 260-3879

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