Thousands of charity representatives from across the state have signed up for accounts with the Ohio Attorney General’s new online charitable registration system.
The new system, which was launched in December, will allow multiple people within an organization to have accounts in the system. Everyone with an account tied to a particular group will receive email reminders, confirmation of filings, and other notices linked with charitable registration requirements.
“Our new online charitable registration system was designed in hopes of providing charity leaders with reminders and other information intended to help groups stay in compliance with their requirements,” said Pete Thomas, chief of the Charitable Law Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
Thomas suggests that at least three people with each organization set up accounts so that reminders and notices don’t fall through the cracks if one person moves away, changes an email address or encounters other situations that might interfere with getting registration information.
“We wanted to take the guesswork out of registration for charities and designed the system to be intuitive. Based on the answers provided to certain questions, the system determines what additional information might be needed. This means people won’t have to guess what parts of the statutory provisions apply to them,” he said.
The system was also designed to accommodate “power users” such as accountants, lawyers, bankers and others who may handle registration filings for multiple organizations. Those with accounts in the system can elect to add multiple organizations to the list of groups they will receive email notices for.
All registered charitable organizations received a letter from Attorney General DeWine in December announcing the new system, along with an information sheet about the features of the system.
Individuals attempting to complete annual filings through the system or attempting to register for the first time will find several tools to assist them in navigating through the system. It is hoped that most people will find the new system so intuitive that they will not have confusion or questions. However, there are orange question marks on the various screens that provide additional info about the questions on that page.
There is also a user guide that can be referenced or downloaded. Frequently Asked Questions also provide clarifying information. People are also invited to email questions to CharitableRegistration@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
or contact the office at 1-800-282-0515.