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2014 NAAG/NASCO Conference Registration


April 1-2, 2014
Savannah, Georgia

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 contacts for the NAAG/NASCO Conference are Mark Neil, Program Counsel, at or (202) 326-6019 or Rupalee Rashatwar, Program Coordinator, at

Hotel Reservations

Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234

The special group rate is $219/night plus 14.5% tax for single or double occupancy. Rooms are reserved under the conference block for Sunday through Tuesday nights, and the same rate will be available for three days before and after the reserved dates based on room availability. Hotel space can be limited for those periods; we strongly urge attendees to reserve their rooms early.

Reservations may be made online. The cut-off for hotel reservations is Friday, September 12, 2014. After that date, the rooms will be released to the general public.

Registration Information

NAAG accepts online payments for registration using Visa or Mastercard. Please click on the below hyperlink corresponding to your registration type in order to register.

Registration Type Early Regular
Government $400 $400
Non-Member (applies to corporate, non-profit) $350 $400


From/To Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA):

Taxi: Taxis to our hotel near the Washington DC metro are available outside the baggage claim area. Fare is approximately $14 - $18 (10-20 min)

Metro Washington, DC Subway: Take the Yellow line from the airport to the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop. Transfer to the Red line to Union Station (2nd stop). The Union Station Metro stop is located three blocks from the hotel. Fare is approximately $2.70 (20-25 min). Fares may vary based on time-of day. To check fares, visit the WMATA website.

Super Shuttle: Available 7 days a week. Shuttle vans are located at the airport, outside the baggage claim area at Ground Transportation. Look for blue vans with yellow lettering. The shuttles make multiple stops and drop off directly at the hotel. Advance reservations may be made by calling 800-BlueVan (800-258-3826) or on Super Shuttle's website. Approximate fare is $14 one way, timing is dependent upon number of stops required by passengers.

From/To Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI):

Taxi: Taxis are available on the lower level outside baggage claim. Fare is approximately $63 (1 hour)

MARC TRAIN Washington, DC: This is a commuter train from BWI to Union Station, which is 3 blocks from the hotel. Approximate cost is $7 one way. The MARC train runs weekdays only. Click here for complete schedules and fares.

Super Shuttle: Approximate fare is $37 one way ($12 for additional passengers in same party).

From/To Union Station/Amtrak Washington, DC:

Walking: Hotel is located near Union Station, just 3 blocks away. Follow exit signs to get to the front of Union Station Washington, DC. Take E Street (between the semi-circle of flags) to the intersection of E Street, NW and New Jersey Avenue, NW. The hotel will be directly in front of you.

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