1. Unique Legal Requirements for Faith-based Nonprofits: What You Need to Know

Unique Legal Requirements for Faith-based Nonprofits: What You Need to Know

Unique Legal Requirements for Faith-Based Nonprofits: What You Need to Know
Event ID: 69870

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Laura Solomon, Esq., founder, Laura Solomon, Esq. & Associates
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Credits: Live webinar approved for 1.5 NASBA credit hours (Accounting [Governmental]).
Who Should Attend? CEOs, executive directors, board members, nonprofit counsel, finance officers


You probably know that tax-exempt organizations have state and federal legal requirements that impact their formation and operations, but did you know that faith-based organizations have different, additional requirements? Whether your organization is a synagogue, church, mosque, ashram, or meeting house, you need to know about the unique considerations that impact your activities and operations in the community – nationally and internationally.

Please join Laura Solomon, Esq., founder of Laura Solomon & Associates, to learn more about the rules and regulations that distinguish your faith-based organization from other nonprofits. This session will help you better understand the benefits and burdens of religious, tax-exempt status and their interplay with your religious principles.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
  • The ways in which religious principles and requirements (e.g. canon law) impact formation documents like Articles and Bylaws
  • Efforts to deny and roll back sales and real estate tax by federal (IRS), state, and local (real estate boards) regulators
  • Form 990 exemptions and structural considerations (subsidiary formation) for religious vs. non-religious auxiliary charitable activities
  • Regulatory requirements that apply to foreign ministry work and international grantmaking



Your conference leader for “Unique Legal Requirements for Faith-based Nonprofits: What You Need to Know” is Laura Solomon, Esq. Ms. Solomon is the founder of Laura Solomon & Associates, a law firm devoted to the representation of nonprofit, charitable, and other tax-exempt organizations and philanthropic individuals. Ms. Solomon and her associates serve as outside, general counsel to hundreds of organizations, providing a full range of corporate and tax legal services that include representation for mergers, joint ventures, affiliations, and complex financings. LS&A clients include public charities and private foundations, community foundations, museums, hospitals, schools, religious groups, business, environmental, animal welfare, amateur sports organizations, social clubs, and political action committees. These organizations range in size from small start-up organizations to large social service providers and multi-national charities that conduct international grant-making.

Ms. Solomon currently serves as a board member of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia and Penn Hillel. She is a member of the Charity Working Group of the U.S. Treasury Department and the Tax-Exempt Organizations Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, is a member of the Charitable Organizations Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a Planner of Endowment, Foundation, and Philanthropy Conference of the Philadelphia CFA Society and a Faculty member of the Nonprofit Institute of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She previously served as a United States delegate to the Financial Action Task Force. Ms. Solomon is a Wexner Heritage Program Fellow and is quoted frequently in the media and lectures often nationally and internationally for lawyers, accountants, and other professional and community groups on issues impacting the charitable sector and philanthropic individuals. Ms. Solomon also lectures at the LaSalle University Nonprofit Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova, Drexel, and Temple Universities.

Prior to starting her firm, Ms. Solomon was associated with Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. She is a member of the Bar Associations of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Tufts University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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