Simplest Steps to Start a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – Can A Church Receive Donations If Not A 508c1a Non-Profit
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then sets it under a basket. Rather, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
I want to share with you briefly the value of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal method to register a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is better rights, and less constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of such statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you were wondering if your organization may qualify, here is some examples of
IRS approved churches and church ministries:
The Salvation Army. Since 1958, classified as a church and association of churches, their principal income comes from thrift sales and donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of the largest evangelism ministries in America approved for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they were audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers guidance and counseling on parenting, marriage and other subjects through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Apart from the various types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There’s not any statute anywhere that says a church is required to be a 501c3.
A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit corporation or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and can’t do.
The ideal way to form your church is a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and have speech limitations, compared to all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a registration and formation. As a lampstand holds a candle to be a light to everyone, a 508c1a holds your ministry to be a light to everybody on earth.
Contact us to begin today.