Thursday, September 29, 2016

Studies Of Charity Regulation and Oversight of Nonprofits Is Not Working, Duplicative and Fragmented

by Gary Snyder


Major findings include the following:

  • ·         No single state law of charities oversight exists; instead, oversight involves a complex mix of substantive areas, including charitable trust law, governance, criminal law, solicitation and registration requirements and compliance, corporate transaction review, and conservation easements.


  • ·       Organization and staffing of state charity offices vary greatly across the country; in 41 percent of states one office has primary responsibility, but in 59 percent of states responsibility is shared with other agencies or offices.


  • ·       Within an attorney general’s office, 13 jurisdictions have a charities bureau , and 14 jurisdictions house charities oversight within the consumer protection division of the office.


  • ·       Most registration oversight is lodged in state attorney s’ general offices (21 states), followed by secretary of state offices (15) and other state - level charity offices, typically, consumer affairs or business/financial regulation (8).


  • ·       Lawyers and non -legal staff who oversee charities number approximately 355 in the 48 reporting jurisdictions.


  • ·       Thirty - one percent of jurisdictions have less than one full- time – equivalent staff, 51 percent have between 1 and 9.9 full – time - equivalent staff, and 19 percent have 10 or more full – time - equivalent staff.


  • ·       Training state charities staff is a mix of internal and external provision with the smallest offices less likely to provide any training and the largest offices providing in - house training


This has resulted in fragmented oversight of nonprofits in the United States. Another study has raised concerns and has recommended that improvements need to take place because the best practices (one-size-fits all) approach simply does not work.

The IRS is starved for resources, both financially and politically. (kentlaw)



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