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Erik Stanley

What are the Rules for Service or Emotional Support Animals at Church Services or Events?

What are the Rules for Service or Emotional Support Animals at Church Services or Events?

By | Church

Since churches and ministries are exempt from Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they are typically not required to allow service or emotional animals on their premises. However, if a church or ministry wishes to accommodate service or emotional support animals, it is always best to do so via a written policy that is communicated to all congregants. Read More

The Dual Nature of Nonprofit Governance

The Dual Nature of Nonprofit Governance

By | Nonprofit

The term ‘governance’ generally refers to the administration or management of an organization. However, nonprofit governance covers more than setting policies and financial controls because a nonprofit has a purpose or mission beyond just keeping the doors open. The need to support both the mission and the organization’s operations can be daunting. Read More

What Nonprofit Boards Need to Know About Their Fiduciary Duties

What Nonprofit Boards Need to Know About Their Fiduciary Duties

By | Nonprofit

Broadly defined, a fiduciary duty is one owed by an individual in a leadership or management position to the organization itself as well as its members. Although the phrase usually pops up in the context of for-profit companies, it also applies to the religious and nonprofit sectors. Fiduciary obligations are in place whether or not a person is paid for serving on a board. Read More

Final Rule on Nonprofit Donor Disclosure Obligations Issued by IRS

Final Rule on Nonprofit Donor Disclosure Obligations Issued by IRS

By | Nonprofit

The IRS recently issued final regulations on donor disclosure specifications that will exempt some nonprofits — other than 501(c)(3) nonprofits as well as 527 political groups — from being required to report the names and addresses of substantial donors (those giving more than $5,000) on Schedule B of their yearly Form 990 returns. Churches are exempt from the requirement to file a yearly Form 990 return. Read More

The Importance of Waivers and Consents for Churches and Nonprofits

By | Church, Nonprofit

In Arizona, liability waivers are considered to be legally enforceable contracts in which participants in an event or activity assume the risk for potential injury. However, liability waivers only protect organizations from incidents that arise from ordinary negligence; waivers do not protect Arizona nonprofits from gross negligence, which is generally defined as “the lack of any care or an extreme departure from what a reasonably careful person would do in the same situation to prevent harm to oneself or to others.” Read More

Should Your Ministry Have an Employee Handbook?

Should Your Ministry Have an Employee Handbook?

By | Church

If your ministry has employees to help it carry out its mission, an employee handbook is an essential tool for helping your ministry manage its workforce as well as protect the organization in case of employment litigation. The more employees you have, the greater the need for an employee handbook. “Unwritten rules,” even long-standing ones, are always subject to question if you wind up in court. Read More

Preparing to Start a Nonprofit in Arizona

Preparing to Start a Nonprofit in Arizona

By | Nonprofit

The majority of nonprofits in Arizona are 501(c)(3) organizations that fall into the categories of religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational entities that are eligible for federal and state tax exemptions. To create an Arizona nonprofit, you first need to form an Arizona nonprofit corporation and then apply for tax-exempt status from the IRS and the state. Read More