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NPQ on the Shifting Boundaries of Nonprofit Regulation

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Aug 04, 2016

Nonprofit Quarterly, in an interview with nonprofit regulation expert Cindy M. Lott, highlighted the recent shifts in the regulatory landscape for nonprofits, at both the state and federal level.

Focusing on states, Lott suggests that there are often misconceptions about state regulation and that is in many cases more complex than most administrators recognize. First, while there is considerable variation, all states put effort into charitable oversight. Not all states will have a dedicated charities bureau, but they will nonetheless manage oversight using an amalgam of different officials. So, importantly, some states are more stringently regulated than others, but no states are entirely free of regulation.

In terms of changes that are happening at the state level, Lott points out that states will start to roll out the Single Portal Initiative, which will make it easier for organizations to digitally provide regulatory information at the state level. All of this data will be made public and open to academics, the media, and others.

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