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The Accounting of Disaster Relief and Emergency Benevolence


The huge footprints of disaster relief needs from Hurricane Harvey and Irma have many faith-based congregations and group scurrying for understanding and answers. According to USA Today, faith-based relief groups are responsible for providing nearly 80 percent of the aid delivered thus far to communities with homes and businesses devastated by the recent hurricanes. 

In this seminar, Elaine Sommerville will review accounting issues around relief ministries. Consider the following questions:
  • Do you have a disaster plan to provide the foundation for a response when disaster strikes?
  • Do you know how the church, as the employer, can help its own employees?
  • How do you plan for and encourage community funding and involvement in your disaster relief efforts and reach beyond the typical membership funding sources?
  • Are you up to date on IRS’s announcements 2017-11 or 2017-39?
To answer some of these questions, we will explore the use of a Section 139 disaster relief plan to meet both the needs of your employees and the needs of the community as well as the use of leave-sharing benefit plans. We will also consider ways to build community trust before the disaster to provide for relationships during th disaster and consider thinking outside the box, to look beyond your typical giving base for funding.
Additionally, we will discuss an update of the various relief provisions provided by the IRS to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

CEU Information

This presentation qualifies for 0.1 CEU credit toward CCA certification and retention. Please refer to certification guidelines to ensure you are in proper compliance for credit. After completing the course submit a CEU request form to complete and make your request.

CPE credit is not available for e-lab programs.