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Lending to Churches and Other Religious Organizations

Webinar: ID# 1000515
Date: Recorded
About This Course:
Non-Profit Organizations ("NPO") generally comprise a large percentage of outstanding loans on the books of community financial institutions. Most of these loans are extended to Religious Organizations (Churches).

The skills required to understand and underwrite the credit risks involved in this type of lending is quite different from lending to For Profit Organizations ("FPO"). Unlike conventional loans, church loans have a higher risk level because they are typically un-guaranteed; the collateral is considered "Special Purpose" with limited resell value; the primary source of repayment is dependent upon contributions from parishioners whose behavior is often volatile if a difference of opinion on the church's direction exists; the quality of financial statements may not be in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures, among other risks.

This course will cover the major church lending risks and discusses how a financial institutions can prudently manage these risks by exposing participants to the appropriate methods of analyzing and lending to Religious Organizations.

This course will also review Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 117 (Required Financial Statements Presentation for NPOs). This Standard replaces Fund Accounting, which was used previously by NPOs for many years.

After Completing This Course the Participant Will Be Able to:

  • Understand NPOs' financial statements utilizing Net Asset Fund Accounting under SFAS 117
  • Identify and understand the primary differences between the accounting principles for NPOs and the accounting principles for FPOs
  • Identify the basic information required to analyze Religious Organizations
  • Analyze the financial statements and other information available from Religious Organizations
  • Utilize key ratios used specifically for Religious Organizations
  • Identify the risks of lending to Religious Organizations
  • Structure loans to minimize the risks associated with lending to Religious Organizations

Who Should Attend
Commercial Loan Officers, Consumer Loan Officers, Senior Credit Officers, Loan Review Officers, Compliance Officers, Branch Managers, Credit Analysts, Loan Support Personnel

The Presenter
Jeffery W. Johnson started his career with SunTrust Bank in Atlanta as a Management Trainee and progressed to Vice President and Senior Lender of SouthTrust Bank and Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Division Manager for Citizens Trust Bank of Atlanta.

Most of his career has been spent in Credit Administration, Lending, Business Development, Loan Review, Management and Training &Development. He has managed loan portfolios representing a cross section of loan types including: Large Corporate, High Net Worth Individual, Middle Market Companies, Small Business, Real Estate and Non-Profit Organizations.

Mr. Johnson is now a training professional in the financial industry by leading various seminars covering important topics relating to issues in financial institutions. He teaches actively for fifteen state banking associations in the United States, Risk Management Association (RMA) and individual financial institutions nationwide. He co-authored a training course entitled "Lending to Service and Other Professional Organizations" for RMA in 2001.

Mr. Johnson earned a B.A. Degree in Accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta; a MBA in Finance from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio; Banking diploma from Prochnow School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and a Graduate Certificate in Bank Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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