Multistate Registration and Filing Portal

The Single Portal Initiative

Continued Progress Towards a Single Portal

February 21, 2017 by Brent Culberson, Tania Ibanez

MRFP continues to make great progress in the selection process towards the final vendor who will be tasked to build the portal. MRFP reviewed vendor demonstrations in 2016 and obtained additional discovery from finalists beginning in January, 2017. The RFI committee is currently evaluating the finalists. An announcement regarding the selected vendor will be made by the board after final decisions and contract negotiations are complete.

The current evaluation period follows an initial RFI from February 2016 seeking input from vendors, government officials, technology and public policy professionals and anyone else with knowledge of platforms, processes, tools and/or methods...

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New Advisory Committee Members

January 17, 2017 by Brent Culberson, Tania Ibanez

In January, the MRFP Board invited four new members to join the Single Portal Advisory Committee: Christopher Daggett, Ben Getson, Robert Forrester, and Brent Culberson.

Christopher Daggett and Ben Getson previously served as White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, working with the IRS to reegineer the business process of Form 990 processing, to enable the publishing of electronic nonprofit tax returns online in a machine-readable format. Christopher also worked with the IRS to launch its first crowdsourcing initiative.

Prior to serving as a PIF, Christopher was the VP of ideas42, a behavioral economics lab spun out of Harvard IQSS, where he...

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Launching the Single Portal Initiative

January 16, 2016 by Brent Culberson

Thank you for your interest in the Multistate Registration and Filing Portal (MRFP, Inc.). This website will be the online resource regarding the latest information about the project, including participating pilot states, advisory council members and the forthcoming Request for Information, as well as other updates about the project.

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MRFP in National Council of Nonprofits Blog

February 11, 2016 by Brent Culberson

Recently, the National Council of Nonprofits featured an overview of the Single Portal filing project on its Blog and encouraged members to offer feedback. On the need for a single portal:

[S]tate laws are not uniform; they differ widely on what triggers registration and what information must be filed. The current process amounts to solving a crossword puzzle of conflicting state laws. For instance, the mere act of sending a fundraising email or text message across state lines could activate registration requirements in some states, whereas other states don’t require registration until a threshold amount is contributed from donors in...

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MRFP RFI in Nonprofit Law Prof Blog

February 29, 2016 by Brent Culberson

The announcement of the MRFP Request for Information was met with enthusiasm in a blog post on the Nonprofit Law Prof Blog:

If you’ve ever been involved in helping a charity comply with the various state solicitation registration requirements, then somewhere between swearing and tearing your hair out I’m sure you thought, “There has to be a better way!” Shake your fist at the sky in despair no more! It is with unbounded joy that I share part of a note I received from Bob Carlson of the Missouri Attorney’s General Office, who has been actively involved for some time...

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UPDATE RFI Questions Posted with MRFP Inc. Responses

April 06, 2016 by Brent Culberson

On March 15, MRFP, Inc. hosted an open conference call to provide additional background information about the project and answer any questions from the public. Additionally, interested parties were permitted to submit questions about the RFI in writing until March 16.

The responses to questions posed during the conference call and via email have now been posted and are available online (as well as for download) at mrfpinc.org/qa.html. Because the original response date of March 23 was adjusted to April 1, the Request for Information (RFI) deadline has also been adjusted to stay open an additional week. Responses to...

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Council on Foundations Comments on RFI

April 06, 2016 by Brent Culberson

Recently, the Council on Foundations submitted a letter in response to the RFI. A copy of the letter is available at http://www.cof.org/news/council-comments-multistate-registration-filing-project.

In the letter, the Council welcomed the development of the Single Portal Initiative, saying that

the Council believes a single online portal to accomplish the aforementioned requirements will indeed maximize efficiency, data transparency, and information sharing for charities in a way that is less burdensome, but will still allow states to act to protect or regulate the charitable environment.

The Council congratulates the stakeholders who are moving this important initiative forward. We have been part of...

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MRFP, Inc. Receives Grant from Newman’s Own Foundation

April 07, 2016 by Brent Culberson

The Multistate Registration Filing Portal, Inc. (MRFP, Inc.), a nonprofit corporation comprised of twelve state charity regulators, has received a $30,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation toward initial funding for development, launch and testing of “The Single Portal Initiative.” MRFP’s Single Portal will be an online system that will allow nonprofit organizations and their professional fundraisers to comply with all states’ registration and annual filing requirements through a single online portal (“The Single Portal Initiative“).

“The one-stop service for charity registration, available through MFRP, will be of great value to the nonprofit sector. It is a very practical and welcome...

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MRFP, Inc. Receives $30,000 Grant Commitment from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

May 26, 2016 by Brent Culberson

The Multistate Registration Filing Portal, Inc. (MRFP, Inc.), a nonprofit corporation comprised of twelve state charity regulators, has received a $30,000 grant commitment from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation toward initial funding for development, launch and testing of “The Single Portal Initiative.”

“As a funder of nonprofit sector infrastructure, what we find especially appealing is that the Single Portal Initiative will lead to more timely, accurate, and complete data and research on the nonprofit sector,” said Nick Deychakiwsky, Program Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Bob Carlson, President of MRFP said, “We deeply appreciate the support of the Charles Stewart...

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NASCO Annual Conference

August 30, 2016 by Brent Culberson

Registration is open for the National Association of State Charity Officers (NASCO) Annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 2016. This year’s conference will be held at the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center and focus on “The Evolving World of State Charities Regulation.”

To register for the conference, click HERE and the agenda is available at NASCO Public Day Schedule.

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This year’s NASCO Conference will be held in Washington D.C. at the Westin Washington Center and will run from October 17 – 19. Monday’s session is open to the public and provides...

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New States Joining MRFP

October 21, 2016 by Brent Culberson, Tania Ibanez

MRFP is pleased to announce that two new states have joined as members. Mississippi and Georgia join California, Illinois, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Tennessee in the initial development of the Single Portal that will then be expanded to include all states that require registration.

MRFP members are state agencies (Attorneys General, Secretaries of State, or other agencies) with direct oversight responsibility for charitable assets and charitable solicitations.

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