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Legal Do’s and Don’ts for Pregnancy Centers and Other Non-Profits

Many Executives and leaders of non-profits like pregnancy centers do not engage in political issues during the election season for fear of the negative impact it might have on their non-profit status. The attorney Barry Bostrom and his legal firm Bopp, Coleson, & Bostrom have put together a list of activities that we as non-profit organizations can and cannot do. Most pregnancy centers are registered as 501 (c) (3) organizations under the IRS tax code and as such have legal rights to engage in certain kinds of activities to not only protect their organizations but also to further the cause of community change for which their organization exists. To download this very helpful document click the following link:

Political Do’s and Don’ts during Election Season

Some examples of things you can and cannot do as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit pregnancy center are:

(1) Discuss the positions of political candidates on issues: Yes

(2) Endorsement of political candidates: No

(3) Financial contributions to political candidates: No

(4) In-kind Contributions to political candidates: No

(5) Independent expenditures in favor of or against political candidates: No

(6) Fundraising projects for political candidates: No

(7) Contributions to PAC’s: No

(8) Electioneering Communications regarding Federal candidates: Yes

(9) Expenditures related to state referendums: Yes

(12) Appearance of political candidate at meeting: Yes

(14) Voting records Yes

More Abortion-minded Women: Making Your Dream a Reality

An issue came up in a Pregnancy Center Leadership discussion group recently that we as executives think about all the time: “How can we reach more pregnant women truly at risk for abortion?” and its sister question, “How can we serve those women in a way that more consistently helps them have their babies?” The particular conversation centered around an executive of a Pregnancy Center in a Midwestern college town feeling like they are not reaching enough abortion-minded women compared to the number of abortions taking place there.

“What exactly leads you to conclude that you actually have a problem?” I asked. “You have made some logical assumptions but your logic is hidden to the rest of us. I am sure you have already figured this out but it would be helpful for the rest of us to get a really good handle on how you arrived at your concern and more importantly what to do about it. Would you be willing to be a little case study for us by answering the following questions for us to chew on? I believe the old adage is true: What gets measured gets fixed. Perhaps we can analyze this as a group of PRC executives in an effort to not only help you but help each other.

1. How many abortions occur in your area annually? 1000

2. How many abortion providers are in your county? 3

3. What is the primary ethnic, age and educational demographic of those women getting abortions? 18-24 Caucasian with 13 years of completed education (sophomore in college)

4. How many appointments did your organization schedule in 2009? 250

5. How many pregnancy tests were performed in 2009? 125

6. How many of those pregnancy tests were positive? 75

7. How many of those positive test patients did you consider to be ‘at risk for an abortion?’ 60

8. How many pregnant, at risk clients can you serve this year? Maybe 460

9. How many of the pregnant at risk patients received an ultrasound their fist visit? 45

10. How many of those said that they were going to continue the pregnancy at the end of their initial appointment? 38

The dream of this executive is to reach 460 pregnant women seriously considering abortion this year. Her initial impression was that all she needed to do was increase her advertising budget. Based on the information she provided if she wanted to reach all 460 women seriously considering abortion in her area using the organization’s current client trends and percentages she would need to filter through 12,000 client appoints per year!

We have found this scenario to represent the typical pregnancy center. What about your pregnancy center? This executive thought that the answer to her low client volume was more advertising. But there is a deeper issue at play. More advertising will only result in more of the same. The approach the center is taking in order to serve the right women in the right way needs  to be streamlined so they can accomplish their goal. (See Case Study of Omaha, NE Pregnancy Center) Otherwise they will be spending precious resources on women who are either not pregnant or not really at risk for abortion. The solution to this service problem lies at the philosophy of ministry that has been adopted. This pregnancy center while using an ultrasound machine is still in the old paradigm of pregnancy center ministry CompassCare coined the Global Service Model or Client-centered approach. In order for them to reach their goal of serving 460 pregnant at risk women they will need to adopt a new paradigm of ministry CompassCare coined the Linear Service Model (LSM).

For information about how to create a linear service model (LSM) to reach and effectively serve abortion-minded women go to prcoptimizationtool.com.

Client-focused vs. Problem-focused Pregnancy Center

Jesus through His death and resurrection addressed the single greatest problem of humanity; sin and the separation from God it caused.  By focusing on solving the problem common to all it became the epitome of all solutions, able to elegantly apply to each individual.  Likewise, running a Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) ministry with a clear understanding of the common problem of unplanned pregnancy faced by the women we serve is important.  But even more important is the ability to clearly articulate the common path to solving that problem, which is the same despite the particular circumstances of each woman.  If a PRC attempts to engage each woman as she comes with no clear, distinct path of helping her understand the nature of unplanned pregnancy and what her options are in terms of solving the problem, it is difficult at best to consistently see women at risk for abortion having their babies.  Without a plan and process for solving the problem every woman faces it is almost impossible to have a relevant solution for any woman.  It is only after we become experts at solving the problem of unplanned pregnancy that we are free to engage each woman’s unique situation.  How does a ministry like CompassCare arrive at the process that best solves the problem of unplanned pregnancy for women seriously considering abortion?  It is through consistent prayer for wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  To be sure the Holy Spirit guides groups of people into making decisions and taking action (Acts 13:1-3, 15:28; 16:6-7; 20:28) just as He guides individuals. Therefore, we believe that CompassCare should expect that the Holy Spirit is able to guide us as we build and organize to achieve that vision through highly developed and measurable systems.  In fact, we are told that the very redemptive work of Jesus on the cross was “according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23, see also Acts 4:28; Luke 22:22).  A ministry is essentially an organization of people designed to redeem the situation of a person or a community of persons with a specific type of problem.  Jesus knew what He needed to say and do for specific “audiences”, as well as the timing and content of His message to them (Matthew 13:10-17; 15:24; 16:21; Luke 4:18-19).

CompassCare represents a new generation of PRCs moving from a loose ‘client-centered’ model to a highly defined ‘problem-focused’ model.  Being problem-focused (the quintessential unplanned pregnancy solution provider) allows the organization the ability to accurately measure what works and what does not and make targeted and prayerful changes to see more lives saved and more women come to Christ.

In what is known as the “Parable of the Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus describes a principle of the kingdom of heaven in terms of responsible stewardship leading to increase. The size of the responsibility may vary (vs 15) but the requirement and accountability do not. The servants who proactively engaged in activity to fulfill their responsibility were commended as “good and faithful servants”. However, the one who reactively was passive acting out of fear was condemned as “wicked and slothful”. The main point Jesus is making with this parable is that those who are wise stewards with what they have been given (no matter what amount that is) will demonstrate that stewardship by having a tangible increase (profit, fruitfulness) and then will be rewarded by being given even more.  However, those who fearfully try to protect what they have will lose even the little that they have because of their poor stewardship (vs 29).

Jesus says in Matthew 11:19 “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

CompassCare network deeds 2009:     1847 babies saved, 154 women committing their lives to Christ.

Listen to Jim Harden as he teaches Executives of medical Pregnancy Resource Centers on the importance of making the shift from the traditional client-focused, ‘global’ services model to a problem-focused, ‘linear’ service model.

From Global to Linear

Solving Most PRC Vulnerablities: Moving from Global to Linear

Now that we have identified the most common and most damaging vulnerabilities in the medical pregnancy resource center (PRC) what should we do?  What is the next best step?  Listen to Jim Harden teach PRC executives about the paradigm shift required to move from our current global services format to a step by step linear service platform.  It is the best way to reach and serve women seriously considering abortion. 

NOTE:  Before listening to this podcast it is strongly recommended that you first listen to the podcasts dealing with the specific PRC vulnerabilities related to misinformation, misrepresentation, moral entrapment, lack of accountabilty and mission focus.

PRC Vulnerabilities: Lack of Accountability and Mission Focus

Have you ever felt out of control not knowing what your counselors are saying in the counseling room or on the helpline?  Do your nurses feel insecure regarding what is being said or not said by the counselors?  What you may be experiencing is a lack of organizational accountability.  And often a lack of accountability can be traced back to a lack of mission focus.  Listen to Jim Harden as he trains other PRC executives regarding these two common pitfalls.

Moral Entrapment: A Major PRC Flaw

Not many people or training organizations have addressed the issue of moral entrapement in the medical pregnancy resource center.  Yet it seems to happen on a regular basis in the prc movement both in the counseling room and with medical services.  If you don’t know what it is the chances are high that this dangerous and organizationally compromising tactic is happening in your organization.  Listen to Jim Harden define moral entrapment and passionately provide real examples calling the movement back to integrity and excellence.  Every PRC Executive needs to hear this as it is not being adequately addressed.

2 Key Vulnerabilities: Misinformation and Misrepresentation

Listen to Jim Harden give a straight shooting talk to medical pregnancy resource center executives regarding two common areas of internal vulnerability; misinformation and misrepresentation.  Executives can learn what the terms mean whether or not your organization is vulnerable in these areas.

How Mature Is Your PRC and Is Leadership Related?

Listen to Jim Harden coach medical PRC executives regarding understanding overall organizational maturity, leadership and calling.  This is the fourth podcast in a series being released the second week of August.  Some of what Jim says could be considered controversial so feel free to post your comments.

Doing Things Right

What is the role of fertility theologically and why is that important to understanding the medical PRC’s role in the world?  Click the following link to listen as Jim Harden, M.Div talks with medical PRC Executives:

What about sharing the gospel?

Recently there has been a great deal of debate over what the exact role of the medical pregnancy resource center is when it comes to the Great Commission.  Many official statements have been made from National figures and organizations in the movement and many local medical PRCs have debated internally regarding the overall focus of the organization on the the formulaic sharing of the gospel message with patients.  Should it be articulated in the mission statement that organizations ‘share the gospel’ as a primary reason for existence?  There are many positions on this very crucial issue most of which most have been formulated by lawyers or laypeople who are theologically untrained.  What exactly is the Great Commission and what should its role be in the medical PRC?  Listen as Rev. James Harden, M.Div, theologically trained at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, IL discusses the theological context of the Great Commission and what that then means for us as Executives and the organizations we run.  Click the following link to listen in…