Registered Agents: Not as flashy as Bond, but just as important!

As a federally designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation is required to register in nearly every state where we plan to raise funds. For the record, as of today, that number is 43. The registration could be with the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Consumer Affairs Department, the Department of Licensing or any number of other official offices. In a number of cases this is a simple single page form with contact and financial information about Binc. In most states, however, registration requires several forms plus supporting documentation and of course a fee be submitted. There are even a few states that require us to be registered with multiple departments!

In 18 states we are required to have a “registered agent” residing in the state. The stated purpose of the RA is to receive any legal mail addressed to the Foundation, although we have never known of a registered agent ever receiving anything. None the less, the registration forms are not considered complete unless these lines are filled in.

Here is where you can help. If you live in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont or Wyoming, we need your help. Please contact Binc at to be your state’s registered agent. It’s critical to Binc, it’s super easy and think how impressive it will look on your resume.

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