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Category Archives: Charitable Giving


By Simms Showers LLP |

By H. Robert Showers, Esq. (SS Quarterly 2017 – 4th Quarter) Near the end of any calendar year, donors and members will once again be searching for added ways to give while hoping to get the most tax benefits associated with charitable gifts. However, it may be your nonprofit/church’s job to help them achieve… Read More »

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“Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth”: How to Avoid an Excess Benefit Transaction

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By Justin R. Coleman, Esq. and Robert Showers, Esq. (SS Quarterly 2017 – 3rd Quarter) Due to its charitable nature, churches and nonprofits often receive offers for goods and services from its members and donors. More often than not, these goods and services are offered for free because that member/donor wants to “bless” the… Read More »

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Financial Support for Individual Missionaries From Your Congregation

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Here’s the scenario: Your church is sending a congregation member abroad on mission. The missionary will not be traveling with a mission agency, and so your church must directly support the missionary. How do you ensure that donations for the missionary’s benefit will be tax deductible? How can your church make sure that funds… Read More »

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Granting Money from a U.S. Charity or Church to a Foreign Individual or NGO: Substantial Risks and Best Practices

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Many times, conducting charitable work necessitates broadening an organization’s reach, which often in turn requires working outside of the United States. Unfortunately, while these endeavors are exciting, they are complicated and risky for the churches and nonprofit organizations who are involved. Of the many types of risks involved, one of the primary areas involves… Read More »

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