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Overview

A fundraising business is one that makes, manages, or is responsible for solicitations on behalf of a charitable organization. It provides these services for remuneration and is not an employee of the charitable organization.

A fundraising business could also include one that:

  • is hired by another business to make, manage, or be responsible for solicitations on behalf of a charitable organization
  • is not an employee of the other business

If your business does not require this licence, you do not need to proceed further.

How to apply

You will need to provide:

  • information on your business
  • a criminal record check or police information check
  • a security amount
  • a copy of a standard fundraising agreement
  • payment of a licensing fee

To get started, follow the instructions below to save and open the application form.

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  1. Save the PDF form to your computer – click or right-click the link and download the form.
  2. Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader. Fill it in and save it.

Application form

Application for a Fundraising Business Licence (PDF, 125 KB)

Your responsibilities

Licence holders must notify Service Alberta in writing within 30 days of a change in:

  • operating name, full legal name and address
  • address of its registered office in Alberta
  • names, addresses and titles of its officers and directors

It is your responsibility to ensure your licence is in force as long as you continue to do business. Once your licence is issued, note the expiry date and ensure your licence is renewed prior to this date.

A licensed fundraising business must maintain complete and accurate records of all its operations in Alberta for at least 3 years after the solicitations are made.

Compliance

Note: applicant, directors, officers or partners are required to read the Charitable Fundraising Act and regulations associated with this licence and understand that certain sections are of significance, including but not limited to the specific sections noted below.

Charitable Fundraising Act

  • Section 6 regarding providing information during solicitation
  • Section 7 regarding the duty to maintain records
  • Section 8 regarding financial statements

Charitable Fundraising Regulation

  • Section 4 regarding providing information during solicitation
  • Section 5 regarding records to be maintained
  • Section 7 regarding the financial information return

Copies of legislation can be obtained from the Alberta Queen’s Printer.

Contact

Connect with the Consumer Contact Centre:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-4088
Toll free: 1-877-427-4088 (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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