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.