Sample Church 508c1a Foundation Form

Legal Way to Create a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – Sample Church 508c1a Foundation Form

Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then sets it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the home.

I would like 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 form a church.

Why is it that you need church status for your ministry?

The value of your church compared to any other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer restrictions.

First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.

Second, churches do not need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.

Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.

In case you were wondering if your organization may qualify, here is a few examples of
IRS approved churches and church ministries:

The Salvation Army. Since 1958, classified as a church and association of churches, their primary income comes from thrift sales and donations.

Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.

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 had been audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.

Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers advice and counselling on marriage,
parenting and other subjects through radio, books and social media.

The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Besides the different types of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There’s no statute anywhere that states a church is required to be a 501c3.

A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit company or even a 508c1a.

How your church is organized is vital to what it can and can’t do.

The ideal way to register your church would be a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and also have speech restrictions, 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 everyone in the world.

Contact us to get started today.