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charitable immunity

Charitable immunity laws protect charitable organizations from any tort liability.

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In prior years, the charitable immunity doctrine provided a greater degree of legal protection for churches and religious institutions, but now most states have eliminated (or severely limited) charitable immunity protections in their jurisdiction. Where they do still exist to a significant extent, state charitable immunity laws can provide some degree of protection for volunteer workers and potentially other individuals associated with the religious institution but likely not to the religious institution itself.