The ministry has attempted to launch the mandatory online portal in previous years, but has already delayed implementation in response to a number of questions and concerns from the not-for-profit organization. When we met with the department, they told us that they were working to address these issues. The Centre will continue to push for more permanent fixes to the portal. Charities are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the portal well in advance of their registration deadline and to share their questions and concerns with the Consumer Service and the Center for Nonprofits. Exempt – The organization meets one of the definitions of an organization exempt from the charitable registration requirements of the Cree Act (N.J.S.A. 45:17A-26). Retired – The organization was previously registered as a charity in New Jersey, but has applied for closure and is no longer registered as a charity in New Jersey. Reasons for file closure may include: The organization is exempt from the registration requirements of the IRC Act because its gross annual public contributions are less than $10,000, the organization no longer calls in New Jersey, or the organization no longer operates (has been dissolved). In 2018, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs launched a mandatory online registration portal for charities. Starting at 1.
As of May 2018, all annual registrations and charity renewal applications must be submitted through the charities online registration portal, and these paper submissions will no longer be accepted (in response to mandatory launch issues, the Department had provided some application renewals, but these deadlines have since passed). The ministry subsequently announced that as of October 1, 2018, all initial registrations will also have to be submitted online through the registration portal. We encourage charities, regardless of their fiscal year and registration period, to familiarize themselves with the online system and create an account immediately so that renewals can be requested if necessary. See below for more information. Compliant – the organization has met all IRC Act registration requirements. 18. In January 2022, Governor Murphy signed a bill providing more flexibility regarding certain nonprofit deposits in New Jersey. Bill S-844/S-2533 (Pou/Greenstein)/A-4635 (Zwicker) (now P.L. 2021, c. 381) contains three main provisions: The Center for Non-Profits worked with Division officials to discuss the portal and share suggestions for other ways to work together for the benefit of all. The Department noted that some updates to the system and more detailed instructions and training materials are being developed, but notes that some of them will take some time. The Department encourages charities to contact them directly if they have questions and encourages interested parties to provide feedback on the system so that further improvements can be made.
The Center for Nonprofits will continue to advocate for a nonprofit fundraising system that protects donors and charities without placing an undue burden on nonprofits, and we look forward to working with the division in the months ahead. As we reported early last year, in May 2018, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs began filing all charitable registrations and renewals through the department`s dedicated online portal. Communication submissions will no longer be accepted. We will continue to release additional updates as they become available. In response to a request from the Center for Nonprofits about how the new charity threshold will be applied based on a fiscal year in late 2021, the Department of Consumer Affairs said the new threshold for initial and renewal reports with an initial due date is on or after January 18, 2022. However, if a charity`s original due date was before the legislation was signed, it is tied to the old audit threshold of $500,000 in gross revenue, even though an extension would extend the due date beyond January 18. According to this policy, organizations with a fiscal year ending on December 31, 2021 should be able to use the new threshold for their financial reports, as they would be due well after January 18, 2022. In contrast, organizations with a fiscal year ending on June 30, 2021 are subject to the old threshold – even if they requested an extension – because their original due date was earlier than January 18. The Centre`s advocacy, communication and technical assistance services would not be possible without the direct support of the Centre`s members. If your organization is a dues-paying member, we thank you for your support and dedication to help maintain this work.
Most charities that solicit funds in New Jersey are required by law to register and file annual financial returns with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Charities Registration Section. Registration renewals and financial statements must be submitted six months after the end of an organization`s fiscal year. For example, an organization whose fiscal year ends on December 31 must submit its reports online by June 30 of the following year. Renewals can be requested as long as an organization completes the previous registration (see below).