Summary of Registration Requirements

Washington State Charitable Trust Act
Summary of the Chapter 11.110 RCW

"The purpose of this chapter is to facilitate public supervision over the administration of public charitable trusts and similar relationships and to clarify and implement the powers and duties of the attorney general and the secretary of state with relation thereto." (RCW 11.110.010)


  • A charitable trust is any entity holding income-producing assets, in excess of $250,000 dollars (market value), invested to support a charitable, religious, eleemosynary, benevolent, educational, or similar purpose.
  • When operating under Washington State jurisdiction, such entities are required to register with the Office of the Secretary of State, Charitable Trust Program.


  • Within four months of its inception, a charitable trust must file the Application for Registration as a Charitable Trust, a copy of the trust instrument, and a $25 dollar filing fee made payable to the Secretary of State.
  • A charitable trust must file annually a charitable trust renewal form, its most recent completed federal information return and a $25 filing fee by the eleventh month following its fiscal year-end.
  • A charitable trust is required to report any amendments to the instrument within four months of the making of the amendment.


  • Any entity recognized, by the Internal Revenue Service, as a religious organization.
  • Any entity whose charitable assets are in the nature of a remainder.
  • Any accredited institute of public education.


The Charitable Trust Directory is a list of registered charitable trusts with the Charities Program and have agreed to be included in the directory.  Charitable trusts may elect to appear in this publication as grant seekers, grant makers, or both.  To access the Charitable Trust Directory click here.

NOTE: No part of this summary supercedes the Revised Code of Washington