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Charitable Immunity

Charitable Immunity

Definition

Charitable Immunity — under charitable immunity laws, charitable organizations are not liable under tort law. In prior years, the charitable immunity doctrine provided a greater degree of legal protection for churches and religious institutions, but as of this writing in 2020, most states had 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.

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