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2014 NAAG/NASCO Conference


September 22-23, 2014
Providence, Rhode Island

Join NAAG for its 2014 NAAG/NASCO Conference in Washington, DC.

October 6 - October 8, 2014
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

The 2014 NAAG/NASCO Conference, unlike prior years, will go from Monday to Wednesday, with Tuesday and Wednesday being the regulator-only days.

Monday's program is open to the public and provides an opportunity for representatives from the nonprofit sector to join regulator discussions. The day’s agenda will offer a mix of presentations by a variety of speakers from the sector and from state charity offices who will address topics related to this year’s theme: The Evolving Role of Charitable Regulation in the 21st Century.  

Opening remarks will be provided by District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan. Alissa Gardenswartz of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and practitioner Jack Siegel will start the day with their perspectives on Hot Topics in the Nonprofit Sector, followed by Michael Peregrine, a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, who will give his annual and thought-provoking report on corporate governance developments affecting nonprofits.  We will continue the discussion we began last year on disaster relief with a panel of individuals from the foundation community that will address opportunities for collaboration between regulators and the sector.  The luncheon keynote address will be delivered by Professor Thomas Kelley of the University of North Carolina Law School and Professor John D. Columbo, Interim Dean of the University of Illinois Law School.  Professors Kelly and Columbo will be addressing whether charities are, in the traditional sense, still charitable and entitled to tax exemption.  The keynote address will be followed by a panel moderated by Mark Pacella consisting of Art Taylor, President and CEO of the Wise Giving Alliance, Daniel Borochoff, President of CharityWatch, and Ken Berger, CEO of Charity Navigator discussing how charities are rated and evaluated today.  The afternoon will also include plenary sessions on emerging problems under UPMIFA and issues surrounding social media solicitations and NASCO’s recently-released wise giving tips, as well as breakout sessions concerning the Advisory Committee on Taxation’s UBIT reform proposals and recent developments in executive compensation.  Monday will end with an “ask the regulator” open mike session and a meeting for the Single Portal Advisory Committee.

Download a copy of the draft agenda.


The NAAG contact for the NAAG/NASCO Conference is Mark Neil Program Counsel, at (202) 326-6019 or Ruplaee Rashatwar,

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