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California Charity Raffle Registration

In California, charities and certain other private nonprofit organizations may conduct raffles to raise funds for beneficial or charitable purposes in the state.

 Unless specifically exempted, a nonprofit organization must register with the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts before the raffle and must also file a Nonprofit Raffle report for all raffles held during the reporting year.

 ·         An organization may register for raffles at any time during the calendar year. The registration period during which organizations may conduct raffles is September 1 through August 31.

 ·         An organization must file the raffle registration form at least 60 days before the scheduled date of the raffle in order to give Registry staff sufficient time to process the form.

 ·         Registration must be filed and a confirmation letter from the Registry of Charitable Trusts must be received before conducting any raffle activities, including selling raffle tickets.

 ·         If you wish to conduct the drawing after September 1 of any year, but you wish to sell tickets prior to September 1 of that year, you must register for both years.

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