Although almost all attorneys general have jurisdiction over the regulation of non-profit organizations, there has always been a lack of data as to the resources they and other state regulators have at their disposal and what they actually do. Last month, under the leadership of Cindy Lott — now the Program Director of Nonprofit Management Programs at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute’s Center in Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and for ten years the Counsel to the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School - the public now has a fifty state survey of jurisdiction, staffing levels and output.
The Report describes the organization and staffing of state charity offices from one state to another. I strongly recommend to anyone who cares about the governance of the non-profit sector that they download and read this Report. I also urge readers to review the media response and this in depth interview with Cindy Lott. This Report could be the long awaited game changer.
- Nonprofit Quarterly: What’s Really Going On in Your State’s Charity Office? Urban Institute’s Primer an Important New Resource
- Chronicle of Philanthropy: Nonprofits Proliferate but Not the Regulators, Says Report
- Nonprofit Quarterly: The Shifting Boundaries of Nonprofit Regulation and Enforcement: A Conversation with Cindy M. Lott