by William Crutcher
(Long Beach, Ca 90802)
What are the guidelines for a church trustee giving a love offering to those in need (homeless)?
That depends. If you are talking about yourself, there are no guidelines for giving a love offering to those in need.
If you are talking about taking church funds to help those in needs, most churches set up a written policy for their benevolence funds.
Zondervan 2009 Church and Nonprofit Tax and Financial Guide has some excellent guidelines on pages 196 and 197 on properly setting up a benevolence fund.
Or you could google “benevolence fund” and see some examples of other churches' written benevolence funds policies.
Hope this helps.
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