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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, […]

Training Cuts Lawsuit Impact

April 17th, 2013

A crucial part of the church’s training program should include the prevention of sexual harassment.  Many churches overlook this area of risk because they do not think that it will happen in a church context. Unfortunately, the church is not immune from episodes of sexual harassment from taking place within its walls.  It is crucial […]

A New Plan for Birth Control Coverage

March 27th, 2013

The Obama administration, trying to defuse one of the most contentious issues in its healthcare law, proposed a new way to shield religiously affiliated organizations, such as hospitals and universities, from having to provide contraceptive coverage directly to their employees. Instead, the employees would obtain coverage through a separate, private insurance policy at no cost. […]

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 […]

Virginia Pastor Sentenced for Aiding Parental Kidnapping

March 8th, 2013

A Virginia pastor who said that his actions “flow out of my faith in Jesus,” was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison for abetting the international parental kidnapping of a girl in a high-profile case involving a same-sex union and the condemnation of homosexuality by conservative Christians. But in a victory for the pastor, […]

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 […]

Prove Your Property Tax Exemption!

February 28th, 2013

Allegheny County in Pennsylvania puts nonprofits on notice: Facing rising public pressure in a region dominated by tax-exempt giants, Allegheny County soon will require all nonprofits with property to prove they deserve their tax breaks. At Tuesday’s county council meeting, Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced plans to send letters to all 9,000 non-government tax-exempt properties in […]

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