The National Association of State Charities Officials ("NASCO"), in conjunction with the National Association of Attorneys General ("NAAG") held their annual fall conference in Washington D.C. in early October. Representatives of the nonprofit sector joined regulators in discussing this year’s theme: the evolving role of charitable regulation in the 21st Century. Washington D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan provided opening remarks on the public day. Panel topics included hot topics in the nonrprofit sector, corporate governance developments affecting nonprofits, and disaster relief and opportunities for collaboration between regulators and members of the sector. Professor Thomas Kelly of University of North Carolina School of Law and Professor John Columbo, Interim Dean of the University Of Illinois School Of Law, presented the year’s keynote address on whether charities, generally, are still carrying out their charitable missions and thus entitled to tax-exempt status. The public day concluded with an “ask the regulator” open-mic session and an update on NASCO’s Single Portal Project.
Senior Counsel Lott, who has served as a long-time advisor to NASCO, spoke to regulators at regulators-only meetings scheduled for the second and third days of the conference.
On September 18, 2014, Charities Project Senior Counsel Cindy Lott served as the keynote speaker at the Seventeenth Annual Nonprofit Times' Power and Influence Top 50 gala held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The magazine honors those individuals in the sector who advance the cause of nonprofits through fresh new perspectives and innovation. Senior Counsel Lott’s speech focused on the current state of regulation of the sector. The topic of regulation, once fairly latent in the charitable sector, has become a topic of interest for various reasons, including states' burgeoning activity level, controversy at the IRS, possible federal legislation and new technologies being utilized throughout the charitable sector.
The Charities Regulation and Oversight Project is pleased to announce the production of a new webinar on the role of state attorneys general in art deaccesioning. This timely webinar introduces viewers to the practice of deaccesioning and the role of state attorneys general in this process. By using recent cases and hypotheticals, webinar participants provide a brief history of the subject matter, definitions of relevant and germane terminology and an overview of the role state regulators may or may not be required to play in the process. What remedial measures are available for state attorneys general in blocking or approving a proposed deaccession and what are the ethical considerations for museum’s and art institutions when considering a possible sale? And what do recent trends tell us about deacessioning and attorney general enforcement? Our participants address these and other pertinent questions.
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The Charities Regulation and Oversight Project ("Charities Project") is pleased to announce the publication, through Columbia University’s Academic Commons, of two dozen solicited papers addressing the future of state charities regulation. This collection of state-focused articles is the first of its kind in the literature, addressing regulation and enforcement in the charitable sector. The collection features articles from nationally recognized academics, regulators and practitioners who participated in the Charities Project’s unprecedented policy conference, which took place at Columbia Law School in 2013. These twenty-five articles are openly accessible and publicly searchable through Columbia University’s Academic Commons.
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About the Charities Project The Charities Regulation and Oversight Project of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School provides a resource to Attorneys General in fulfilling their charities enforcement responsibilities. Please view the two-minute video introduction to the Charities Project, featuring Lead Counsel Cindy M. Lott, below.
The 2013 Charities Regulation and Oversight Project Policy Conference (held Feb. 7-8, 2013 at Columbia Law School in New York) was developed by the Charities Regulation and Oversight Project in partnership with the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI). Featuring the participation of more than half a dozen current and former attorneys general, dozens of assistant attorneys general from around the country, federal regulators and top academics and practitioners, conference sessions addressed a wide range of topics at the intersection of state regulation and the nonprofit sector, including emerging issues regarding the interlocking jurisdictional role of the states and the federal government; the continuing evolution of state attorneys general and other state regulators vis-a-vis the sector; political activity and advocacy in and by the sector; the regulatory and enforcement responsibilities of state attorneys general over new hybrid corporate forms and "social mission" organizations; state regulators and religious organizations; the dynamic evolution of states' regulation of nonprofit healthcare; how media and technology impact transparency of the states and the sector; and the changing landscape of state-based charitable solicitation.
Please contact Program Coordinator Frances Laviscount, at email@example.com or 212-851-1061 with any questions regarding the conference.
On Thursday, September 12, 2013, the Charities Regulation and Oversight Project of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School in conjunction with Regional Association of Grantmakers hosted an audio conference on the topic of “Working Effectively with Grantmakers and Foundations.” David Spenard from the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General and Susan Staricka from the Texas Office of the Attorney General were among the presenters and the panel was moderated by Barbara Taylor from Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania and Cindy M. Lott, Senior Counsel to the National State Attorneys General Program.