Seminary is Exempt From Rules for Nonreligious Charities

Seminary is Exempt From Rules for Nonreligious Charities

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The state Division of Consumer Protection has determined that the Salt Lake Theological Seminary is a religious charitable organization and therefore exempt from rules for nonreligious charitable organizations.

The division earlier had questioned the possible use of paid advertising for a fund-raising campaign and not registering in other states where fund-raising was conducted.

The seminary raised 520 thousand dollars in cash and pledges in six weeks after it announced a financial crisis.

Seminary president Don McCullough says the confusion on the part of the Division of Consumer Protection may have arisen because the seminary is interdenominational and not sponsored by one church.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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