Transparency from Mississippi charities is essential to protecting Mississippians’ hard-earned money. The Mississippi Charitable Solicitation Act requires all organizations soliciting and raising funds in the State to file a registration or exemption with the Secretary of State’s Office. By registering with our Agency, charities empower the public to make informed decisions when donating their dollars.
Last year, our Office found many school districts, parent teacher organizations (PTOs), parent teacher associations (PTAs), booster clubs, and other fundraising school related organizations had not registered with the Charities Division of the Secretary of State’s Office. To guarantee full disclosure to the public, our Agency sent a letter to these entities requesting they register with the Secretary of State. Over the past year, several school districts, PTOs, PTAs, and booster clubs have complied with the law, but many still have not. Each school district, PTO, PTA, booster club, and similar organization who is not registered with our Agency must file a Form CE, Notice of Exemption with our Office. Failure to comply may result in a fine assessed to the school district or club.
Our Agency strives to make compliance with this State law as easy as possible. A copy of the Form CE, Notice of Exemption is available on our website at www.sos.ms.gov on the Charities homepage. Should you need assistance or have any questions, we encourage you to contact our Charities Division at 601-359-6742.
Mississippi continues to be one of the most generous states in the nation. Transparency in financial reporting promotes the good work of credible organizations who are responsible stewards of these financial contributions. Our citizens need confidence their dollars are being used for a charitable purpose. Registering with our Agency not only ensures compliance with State law, but also provides that confidence to the public.
Thank you for what you do for Mississippi.
Secretary of State
The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits new Fall/Winter training calendar in now out for the remainder of 2013. The new calendar offers various training opportunities from July through December. The MCN will offer some new additions to the calendar, including Technology Security Strategies for Nonprofits in August and Managing your Faith-based Nonprofit in October, both are in Jackson. The MCN in addition to presenting workshops in Jackson and Gulfport are expanding our territory and presenting training opportunities in Tupelo, Cleveland, Hattiesburg and Meridian. Members of the MCN recieve significant discounts on workshop costs and can attend our monthly Lunch & Learn Series for Free! Membership does have its advantages. Copy this link in your browser http://msnonprofits.org/training-and-consulting/view-calendar/downloadcalendar ... or click on the Training and Consulting tab at the top of our website and click on upcoming workshops, then view calendar to see the full schedule of training offerings from the MCN and register to attend the one's that interest you most.
The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits is the state’s only nonprofit management resource center. For the thousands of nonprofit organizations across the state, the Center is the primary source of management training, technical information, advice, answers, coaching and connection to vital resources.