Religious Organizations

Our Religious Organizations practice group represents churches, ministries, international missions organizations, denominational organizations, church-related schools, and other religious organizations. We understand the unique challenges religious organizations must navigate as they operate in an environment of increasing government regulation and public scrutiny. In our role as outside general counsel, we have the depth and experience to serve the unique corporate, legal, and tax issues that a church, ministry, or religious organization faces while it carries out its mission. We can assist and advise on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Advising start-up religious organizations regarding proper entity selection and corporate structure
  • Obtaining recognition of tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3); Advice and securing property tax-exemption
  • Tax and compliance issues related to compensation, donations, and fundraising
  • Compensation studies
  • Structuring and operating subsidiary entities; Asset protection planning; Formation and operation of Integrated Auxiliaries
  • Advising and compliance regarding international operations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Advising and structuring strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and social enterprises
  • Real estate acquisitions, mortgages, leases, and environmental compliance

We work with all sizes of religious organizations from start-ups to well-established organizations with multi-million dollar budgets, earned-income activities, and international outreach. Regardless of size, we provide religious organization leaders with legal and tax counsel tailored to a religious organization’s specific needs and delivered with an in-depth understanding of a religious organization’s unique operational environment.


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