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Important Message! The Charities Division has moved to the new One Stop Business Center. The new address is:

West Virginia Secretary of State

Charities Division

1615 East Washington Street

Charleston, WV 25311


Charitable Solicitations in West Virginia

The West Virginia Charitable Organizations Division registers and regulates charitable organizations, the professional solicitors, and the professional fund-raising counsels with whom they contract to assist in raising funds from the public.


The purposes of the division are to:

  • Protect the people of the state by requiring full public disclosure by persons and organizations who solicit funds from the public
  • Prevent deceptive and dishonest statements and conduct in the solicitation and reporting of such funds in the name of charity

Required disclosure includes the purposes for which such funds are solicited and how they are actually used.

Notice to nonprofit corporations: If you intend to apply to the IRS for recognition of federal tax-exempt status as a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, your articles must contain certain provisions. For more information, visit this page on the IRS website. To learn about the general requirements for federal tax-exempt status, visit www.irs.gov/charities, or download IRS Publication 557, Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization. Additional information and resources can be found at https://www.stayexempt.irs.gov/Resource-Library.

For any complaints relating to charities, please complete the General Complaint Form.

Visit the links below to learn about registration requirements, disclosure requirements, and enforcement, and to find information useful to contributors, organizations and others.