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4 Things Illinois Nonprofits Need To Know About Annual Reports

  • June 16, 2021
  • by Sorin Leahu

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 Sorin Leahu

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 Sorin Leahu

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 Sorin Leahu

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 Sorin Leahu

“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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Park and pray? Church wins preliminary injunction against City of St. Pete Beach, which attempted to forbid public parking in Church’s lot

  • January 28, 2021
  • by Emily

City’s punitive measures restricting religious exercise of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church likely violate federal law     Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329   St. Pete Beach, Fla.—January 27, 2021—Daniel Dalton, a religious property and land use attorney with […]

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Illinois Court Recognizes Primary Religious Purpose in Afterschool Program for Kids

  • January 7, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

By The Hand Club for Kids is an Illinois not-for-profit which provides many Chicago-area youth with a well-rounded afterschool program. The program is designed to be “Christ-centered” as well as holistic—nurturing mind, body, and soul. Despite the religious mission and values which animate everything the […]

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Q&A: Nonprofit Corporations and Real Property Ownership

  • December 31, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

The value of assets in the United States within the nonprofit sector alone was about 6 trillion dollars in 2016 ($5,990,470,000,000.00 to be exact!), according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Real property (like land and buildings) is considered an asset, and it is […]

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9 Types of Insurance Churches and Nonprofits Should Consider

  • December 11, 2020
  • by Sorin Leahu

In my last blog post, I discussed the need for churches and nonprofits to utilize waivers and parental consent forms as a means to protect a church or nonprofit from liability and judgments. As I stated then, however, these forms are not a panacea and […]

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Protecting Your Church or Nonprofit with Parental Consent and Waiver Forms

  • November 19, 2020
  • by Sorin Leahu

Many churches and nonprofits have had to cancel their summer activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news is that the pandemic will not last forever and, in light of fast-moving breakthroughs in the development of a vaccine, the end of the […]

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