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Unfortunately, that is not correct. According to Karl Emerson, former Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations and now an attorney with Montgomery, McCracken in Philadelphia, unless the organization meets the criteria for one or more of a state's exclusions or exemptions, it is supposed to register if it is "soliciting"contributions for a "charitable purpose." You don't get to wait until you are conducting "significant fundraising activities". You also don't get to wait until you are "actively soliciting" before registering. The typical registration statute requires registration before sending the first piece of mail into the state or making the first phone call to a state resident.
 
You would be correct that if a donor moves to a different state and a solicitation letter is just forwarded without the charity's knowledge, the requirement to register in the new state would not be triggered. But it would be triggered when the charity becomes aware of the donor's new address and subsequently sends another solicitation to the new address.

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