Friday, March 10, 2023

AGs in Action: NASCO Report, Ohio "Charitable University", and Massachusetts Revised Guide for Board Members

Download (1)With the well-known limits on IRS oversight of tax-exempt nonprofits, the burden of regulating charities has increasingly fallen to state attorneys general and other state officials. And the these officials have been active, both with respect to enforcement and education. This activity is demonstrated by several recent developments:

  • The National Association of State Charity Officials issued last fall a Report on State Enforcement and Regulation. Covering the period from January 2021 to September 2022, it provides "[a] sample of cases in which NASCO members were involved in 2021 in these key areas: a. Deceptive Solicitation b. Nonprofit Governance c. Trust and Estates" and a summary of "[o]utreach efforts and published guidance issued in 2021 and 2022."
  • As reported by WDTN, the launch by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost earlier this year of "an effort to educate members of Ohio charity boards" under the heading Charitable University.
  • The publication late last year by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of a revised Guide for Board Members of Charitable Organizations that "is provided by the Attorney General’s Office to help board members of charitable nonprofit organizations carry out their important responsibilities."

Lloyd Mayer

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