Proposed Change to Constitution

To the Members of the Progressive Christian Alliance,

The Leadership Council, per Article VII of our Constitution, is required to get a vote from the membership, with a 30 day comment period, when we need to change any part of the Constitution and Canons.

In order to submit our 501(c)3 application, we are required by the IRS to change the wording of Article VI to clarify who or what organizations will get the Progressive Christian Alliance’s assets in the event that the Progressive Christian Alliance is either liquidated or dissolved. Because there has been mis-use of 501(c)3 status by other people, the IRS strongly suggests that any monies in a 501(c)3 account be transferred into another tax-exempt account upon dissolution.

The following wording was approved by the Leadership Council and now requires a vote by the membership to approve the following change:

from: In the event of liquidation or dissolution of the Progressive Christian Alliance all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever shall be paid over and transferred at the direction of the trustees to the individual congregations and affiliated ministries.

to: In the event of liquidation or dissolution of the Progressive Christian Alliance, all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever shall be paid over and transferred at the direction of the Leadership Council to PCA 501c3 congregations, 501c3 affiliated ministries or any 501c3 agencies.

Per the constitution, voting will be open for the next 30 days to allow for comment and discussion. Voting will open today and expire on September 30, 2016 and the results will be posted within a week of closing date (if not sooner).

Please vote using the box below, or, if you have issues with the box below, click here to go to the SurveyMonkey website.

Thank you for your participation in this process, and we appreciate your patience as we move closer to 501(c)3 status!

 

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3 responses to “Proposed Change to Constitution

  1. A question: does this mean that all congregations and faith communities outside the United States which have not filled for 501 (3) status with the Internal Revenue Service of the US government will be automatically ineligible to receive any financial assets of the ProgCA upon upon its dissolution?

  2. Hi Craig, basically the answer to your question is yes. In order for the PCA to have non-profit 501c3 status we must agree to give our assets to other 501c3s. Our priorities are our congregations and affiliate organizations, of course. The if all else fails , another worthy non-profit. I know on the surface this doesn’t seem quite right but what happened in the past is hustlers set up a phony baloney non-profit, made a lot of money, dissolved the non-profit and gave the money to an individual or for profit corporation. The law is to prevent that, and is a good requirement to prevent fraud. The PCA badly needs 501c3 status for our chaplains , to encourage giving, and for recognition as a completely legitimate federally recognized organization.

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