The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) is an association of state offices charged with oversight of charitable organizations and charitable solicitation in the United States.  NASCO’s most significant activity is its annual educational conference.

NASCO members communicate through a list serve, a members-only portion of a NAAG-hosted website, Nasconet.org, and through an annual educational conference co-sponsored with NAAG. NASCO has taken a leadership role in promoting uniform state charity registration and filing requirements, amicus briefs, and multistate lawsuits targeting fundraising deception. NASCO also has drafted model state solicitation laws and jurisdictional guidelines for state regulation of charitable solicitation on the Internet.

NASCO also strives to provide a national, unified voice for state regulators to communicate with the IRS, the Senate Finance Committee, and other constituencies regarding national charity issues. For example, NASCO members have participated in drafting the Uniform Law Commission’s Oversight of Charitable Assets Act, which is nearing approval and seeks to articulate and clarify the common law authority of state attorneys general to protect charitable assets.

The requirements and procedures for forming charitable organizations differ from state to state, as do the registration and filing requirements for organizations that conduct charitable activities or solicit charitable contributions. Please consult the resources listed on this website for links to both national and state-specific information. NASCO does not provide legal advice, and we encourage you to consult your own legal counsel.

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Americans for Law Enforcement PAC and Alliance Marketing LLC entered an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) with the Oregon Department of Justice for alleged unlawful telephone solicitations in Oregon in violation of Oregon’s Do-Not-Call Statute, as well as alleged false and misleading statements during solicitations to Oregon residents.  Oregon’s Do-Not-Call law prohibits charitable calls to …

Virginia Attorney General Announces Action to Dissolve Deceptive Veterans Charity

Charity falsely represented that donations would help local vets ~ In an effort to combat deceptive charities that target Virginians supporting veterans, Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced a settlement between 24 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois charity that falsely represented that donations would help local veterans, resulting in the organization’s …


Annual Conference – Save the Date!

2018 Annual Conference
Baltimore, Maryland
October 1-3, 2018

Monday, October 1
Public Day

Tuesday, October 2
Regulators Only

Wednesday, October 3
Regulators Only


Past Conference Information

2017 Annual Conference

2016 Annual Conference




50 State Crowdfunding Survey: A report of the results from NASCO’s 50 state survey on regulation of crowdfunding activities.

Federal Government Resources: Information on charitable giving and regulation from the Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.

State Government Resources: Links and contact information for state charity regulators and state agencies that provide consumer protection.

National Resources: Links to a variety of national associations and councils that provide information and guidance to nonprofits and donors.

Guidebooks and Publications: Guidebooks with information about regulatory compliance, theft avoidance, and best practices for charities and donors.

Current Developments in Regulation and Enforcement – 2017: A resource document compiled for the Georgetown CLE Conference 2017 – Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations.

FTC/NASCO Give & Take: Consumers, Contributions, and Charity: Event materials from the FTC/NASCO conference focusing on consumer protection concerns in the nonprofit sector, including available data on donor expectations and perceptions, deceptive fundraising practices, the regulatory and enforcement environment, and new charitable giving options.