Kentucky joins the unincorporated nonprofits club

I’ve written about the option of organizing churches as unincorporated nonprofit associations in states that provided for them by law. That provides structure and protections more like what you have in a nonprofit corporation but with fewer complications. Unfortunately, that’s not too many states. Last month, Kentucky joined the club. Gov. Steve Beshear signed into … Continue reading “Kentucky joins the unincorporated nonprofits club”

Watching Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act, 2014 edition

I’ve written before how state adoption of the Revised Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act — look; RUUNA, a UU acronym with no Unitarian Universalist reference — can make church organization easier and polity more organic, rather than always borrowing the idiom of corporations or trusts. It is being considered this year/session in two states: South … Continue reading “Watching Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act, 2014 edition”

Now! the new Unincorporated Nonprofit Association act in D.C. (and other business organization forms)

Back in June I assumed the Unicorporated Nonprofit Association act become law in the District of Columbia. See, we have this window where the Congress can zap legislation so it’s not always clear until the “birth announcement” is made. The change was a part of an omnibus bill that revamped Title 29 of the D.C. … Continue reading “Now! the new Unincorporated Nonprofit Association act in D.C. (and other business organization forms)”

An eye on the Revised Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act

On or about July 15, the mandatory congressional review period will pass and — barring action from the Hill — the District of Columbia Official Code Title 29 (Business Organizations) Enactment Act of 2009 (PDF, as enrolled) will become law. As you can guess, it has been a long time coming and is a comprehensive … Continue reading “An eye on the Revised Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act”

Where the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act may become law

I want to re-open the thread about unincorporated nonprofit associations I began last fall here, here and here. To recap, there’s a uniform act that covers about a fifth of the U.S. population that provides some of the legal cover to unincorporated nonprofit associations that corporations have, thus opening a door for cheap, easy-to-organize entities … Continue reading “Where the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act may become law”

The unincorporated churches option

Following up on two former blog posts, I want to introduce the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act. But what does the UUNAA has to do for UUs, or other people organizing religious congregations? There are really two uniform acts — 1996 and a revised version from 2008. Fewer than a fifth of all states have … Continue reading “The unincorporated churches option”

Unincorporated churches: the why of UUA polity

Digging into the Rules of the Unitarian Universalist Association, a church-planter would find Rule 3.3.5.f, which begins: A congregation should be incorporated when possible under the laws of the state in which it exists. A congregation shall include in its articles of incorporation or other organizing documents a clause providing that the assets of the … Continue reading “Unincorporated churches: the why of UUA polity”

New business (and thus church) organization laws in the District of Columbia

I think the District of Columbia got new business organization laws yesterday. The I think is because of our Home Rule charter, which requires a congressional review period, which is based on the uncertainty of projecting out legislative days. But the new Title 29 was scheduled to become law yesterday. Based on the Uniform Law … Continue reading “New business (and thus church) organization laws in the District of Columbia”