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Benevolence Programs that Work

How churches can meet the ever-increasing needs for financial assistance effectively.

Benevolence Programs that Work

In churches and other nonprofits, benevolence programs are established to identify and meet the needs of under-resourced individuals—people who are unable to meet essential needs for themselves or their families. Benevolence programs stem from a church's desire to do good to others, show goodwill, extend kindness, and extend charity to those in need. While benevolence is most commonly considered in light of finances, any program that provides resources is a benevolence program. In the majority of circumstances, no matter the method of meeting a need, there are financial considerations involved.

The concept of a charitable class

For a benevolence program to fall within the parameters of a church's tax exempt status, the program must serve a "charitable class." There are several acceptable charitable classes, including children, the elderly, the poor, distressed, or underprivileged. ...

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Elaine L. Sommerville is licensed as a certified public accountant by the State of Texas. She has worked in public accounting since 1985.

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  • January 20, 2014

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