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How to Guard Against Fraud and Theft in Your Non-profit or Religious Organization

  • February 18, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Every year, millions of dollars are stolen or misappropriated from churches and non-profits across the country. The culprits are often the least expected people in the organization. Whether it is a pastor embezzling funds, an employee or volunteer abusing a corporate credit card, or a […]

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Three strategies used by Bishops to close local Methodist churches

  • September 23, 2021
  • by Emily

The warning signs are there but churches don’t even realize it. In this video, Dan Dalton discusses the three strategies Bishops use to close churches. We hope you found this video helpful. If you have questions or want to explore legal counsel, please contact Daniel Dalton, […]

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Defining and cleaning up membership within a local UMC prior to disaffiliation

  • September 21, 2021
  • by Emily

One thing a number of churches forget to do is audit their membership role. In this video, Dan Dalton discusses how members of a church are decided and why it is important that churches clean up their membership list prior to voting on leaving the […]

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Questions a local Methodist Church should ask before joining a denomination

  • September 16, 2021
  • by Emily

Making the decision to leave the United Methodist Church is not an easy one, but what can be even harder is trying to figure out what to do next. In this video, Dan Dalton, discusses the questions a local Methodist Church should ask before joining […]

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Illinois Appellate Court Rules that School Cannot Be Forced to Give Up Property Tax Exemption in Exchange for Zoning Approval

  • June 25, 2021
  • by Admin

On June 25, 2021, the Illinois Appellate Court issued a significant decision affecting the property tax exemptions of Illinois not for profit organizations. The facts of Keystone Montessori School v. Village of River Forest date back over 20 years ago. At that time, the School […]

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4 Things Illinois Nonprofits Need To Know About Annual Reports

  • June 16, 2021
  • by Admin

The majority of not-for-profit organizations in Illinois are organized under the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986. Article 14 of the Act covers annual reporting requirements for Illinois not-for-profits. Here are four things nonprofits should know about the annual report requirements: Annual reports […]

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7 tips for Churches and Not-for-Profit Organizations to Avoid Unreasonable Compensation

  • May 27, 2021
  • by Admin

One of the key requirements for churches and other 501(c)(3) organizations to maintain their tax-exempt status is to avoid “private inurement.” Private inurement occurs when an insider of an organization receives from the organization greater benefits than he or she provides to the organization. Likewise, […]

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Supreme Court Hears Case On Donor-Disclosure Requirement

  • May 5, 2021
  • by Admin

For many not-for-profit organizations, the primary means of sustaining their operations is through the voluntary donations of their supporters. But can the government require a not-for-profit to disclose the identity of its donors? In 2010, the California Attorney General’s Office instituted a new policy to […]

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7 Things Churches Should Know About Housing Allowances

  • April 19, 2021
  • by Admin

The Internal Revenue Code provides churches the ability to designate, and for ministers to receive, a housing allowance. Housing allowances are also known as parsonage allowances or rental allowances. Although these allowances provide great tax benefits, many churches and ministers fail to take advantage of […]

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Dissolving an Illinois Not-for-Profit Organization

  • February 12, 2021
  • by Admin

“All good things must come to an end” is a proverb originating with Geoffrey Chaucer dating back to 1374. Simply put, certain things do not last and the same is true of not-for-profit organizations. But the reasons why a not-for-profit may dissolve can vary. On […]

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