Question About Funding and Accounting For Independent Missionaries
(Northern Illinois, USA)
My wife and I have started a small ministry and we know missionaries all over the world.
On occasion I get the question "can we run our 'support' through your ministry so that our donors can get a tax deduction?"
In some cases, we would absolutely love to do that for them, but I am unclear how to go about it.
If that person is a part of an organization, we would just send the money to the organization, but that defeats the purpose.
We are more talking about people who are "independent" missionaries.
How do we document the relationship between the ministry and the missionary?
I am worried that the IRS might just say "hey, you can't just send people money, that is inurement."
Any more thoughts on all of this?