State to State Requirements
Fundraising in a state does not, typically, trigger requirements to register to conduct business. However, the state of North Dakota and the District of Columbia both require a charitable organization soliciting its residents to register with its Corporation Division.
A charitable organization that participates in other type of business (in a state where it is not domiciled and/or formed) such as holding an office, having an employee, issuing charitable gift annuities or is included in a state employee campaign may also trigger corporate registration requirements.
A review of state statute will determine if registration to do business is necessary. If so the organization will need to register as a foreign corporation and maintain its corporate status by filing an Annual Report where required for as long as these activities are going on. The organization may be subject to other requirements such as sales tax exemption.