Forms for Initial Registration
All public charities doing business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must register with the Non-Profits/Public Charities Division and, thereafter, file annual financial reports with the AGO. Upon registration, the AGO will assign the public charity an Attorney General Account Number (AG Number). Any charities that wish to solicit funds must also obtain a "Certificate for Solicitation" before engaging in fundraising activities.
As of September 2014, the Short Form PC is no longer being accepted as a registration document.
Please follow the appropriate link below for registration instructions, which vary slightly depending on whether the charity is based in Massachusetts, and whether it is registering after the end date of its initial fiscal year.
Charitable Organization Complaint Form
The Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division has jurisdiction to investigate complaints that involve:
- misappropriation of charitable funds;
- fraudulent or misleading solicitation; and
- unethical behavior by charitable employees or board members. The AGO generally does not become involved in governance disputes within nonprofit organizations.
Please note: in order to submit additional documentation to your complaint, you must first submit the complaint then attach your documents.
You will have the opportunity to save or to print out a copy of your complaint. You must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to access the form. This program is available to download for free on the Adobe website.