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BREAKING NEWS: Senate Passes Workplace Gay Rights Bill With Bipartisan Support

November 8th, 2013

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved a gay rights bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual preference or gender identity.  The bill applies to work sites with more than 15 employees. Currently, federal laws ban employer discrimination based on race, color, sex, nationality, religion, age and disability. Under the bill, religious organizations and the [...]

Considering the use of Unpaid Interns at Your Church?

September 17th, 2013

You should make sure you understand the law so you don’t find yourself facing claims and lawsuits as this is a RED HOT AREA OF THE LAW. Don’t believe it?  Check out this law firm in California that’s asking anyone who may “have held an unpaid internship during the past six years, even if you received school [...]

Political Free Speech Report Sparks Disagreement

August 20th, 2013

A leading coalition for nonprofits has come out strongly against a recommendation to eliminate regulations that ban political speech by charities and religious organizations. Independent Sector (IS) in Washington, D.C., issued a statement slamming a report released yesterday by the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations (CAPRO). The 60-page report included recommendations to [...]

Government Regulation of Political Speech by Churches

August 14th, 2013

This morning the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations (the “Commission”), representing the collective work of 80 of the nation’s highly respected religious and nonprofit leaders, presented a 60-page report to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) offering Congress and the Treasury Department new proposals for bringing clarity to current IRS restrictions on political expression by churches and other nonprofit [...]

The IRS Scandal Escalates

July 24th, 2013

As posted by the ACLJ. Everything we have heard from the IRS and the Obama Administration about the targeting of the Tea Party seems to end up being proven false, one by one, as the congressional investigation and our lawsuit on behalf of 41 targeted conservative groups continues. The latest bombshell revelation comes from congressional testimony [...]

Charitable Giving to Religion Up Only Slightly for Large Organizations, Down Second Year for Smaller Nonprofits

July 10th, 2013

While charitable giving to large ECFA-accredited nonprofits and churches increased a modest 2.4 percent in 2012, as compared with a 1.4 percent decrease for 2011, giving to small organizations continued to decline for the second consecutive year, the faith-based financial accountability organization announced today. When adjusted for inflation, cash gifts to ECFA members with fiscal [...]

Family First to Lose Charity Status Over Controversial Positions

June 4th, 2013

The New Zealand Herald reports that Family First NZ, which identifies itself as a pro-family organization, has announced that it received a notice that the New Zealand Charities Commission plans to deregister the organization as a charity because it supports a view of the family that was not in the public interest.  Among its many positions, Family First opposes same-sex [...]

IRS Officials Close to Auditing Churches

May 22nd, 2013

From The Christian Post, Erik Stanley:  For some time now, the IRS has not been auditing churches. As I explained in more detail in this post, the IRS’ decision to “suspend” church audits stems from a 2009 federal court decision finding the IRS’ regulations on church audits to be unlawful. Since that decision, the IRS, [...]

House Stalls New Tax Exemptions for Churches

March 12th, 2013

Religious organizations would qualify for new property tax exemptions under legislation being considered by the Arizona House of Representatives. The measure would allow churches to avoid taxes on property used for activities other than religious worship.  The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Justin Olson, said the current religious-exemption law has resulted in many lawsuits because county [...]

Atlas of Giving Issues Gloomy 2013 Forecast for Religious Giving

March 5th, 2013

Four takeaways for churches in the midst of projected declines. A company specializing in computer-based reports and forecasts for charitable giving in the United States says giving to religion rose steadily in 2012 compared to 2011.  The religious sector, though, has seen its share of the overall charitable giving market shrink, and a dismal outlook [...]

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