The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) is an association of state offices (attorneys general, secretaries of state and other offices) charged with oversight of charitable organizations and charitable solicitation in the United States. NASCO provides a forum for states to communicate and collaborate on matters of common interest related to charities oversight and enforcement. 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 jurisdictional guidelines for state regulation of charitable solicitation on the Internet and worked with the Uniform Laws Commission in drafting the Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act.
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 has provided comments to Congress in support of mandatory Form 990 e-filing to enable resource savings for charities in complying with government filing requirements and to enable state regulators to more efficiently identify and prevent fraud in solicitation and use of charitable gifts.
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 invites the public, charities and their professional advisors to participate in it annual conference held in October each year. In 2018, the NASCO Conference will be held on October 1st, 2018 at the Sheraton, Baltimore Inner Harbor, in Baltimore Maryland. Agenda and registration materials will be posted on this site in July 2018.
NASCO does not provide legal advice. We encourage you to consult your own legal counsel.