Last year, NPQ released an edition of our print magazine that focused on the changing landscape of nonprofit and philanthropic regulation. In that edition, we noted that regulatory mechanisms varied at the state level: Some had strong, dedicated charity oversight units, and others treated it almost as an afterthought, with oversight responsibilities spread across different agencies. We also suggested that the network of state charity regulators were becoming more connected in their work, pursuing their first lawsuit in common only recently. Therefore, it is no surprise to see some states with more distributed regulatory systems start to try to build central units.
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