Charities and not-for-profits are accountable to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC), and must follow the guidelines in order to maintain a current registration with the ACNC.

Ensuring the proper legal structures in place can help you maximise profits and minimise costs.

We advise our clients in relation to a broad range of charity and not-for-profit matters, including:

  • structures;
  • charitable trusts and ancillary funds;
  • charity registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (‘ACNC’);
  • policies and governance;
  • compliance;
  • tax deductible status (‘DGR’);
  • income tax exemptions;
  • employment;
  • distribution of funds overseas; and
  • fundraising licensing.

 

Beyond the law, our lawyers are actively involved in the charity and not-for-profit sector by way of:

  • charity director/board positions;
  • charity advisory roles;
  • charity volunteering; and
  • previous employment in the not-for-profit sector.

 

We work with charities and not-for-profits of all shapes and sizes. We service start-up organisations through to some of the biggest charities and not-for-profits in Australia.

Our firm has acted to:

  • establish an Australian charitable fundraising arm for a major international charity;
  • establish a tax-deductible fund for Australia’s leading online crowd-funding company;
  • set up an Australian based tax-deductible fundraising structure with multiple funds for a leading international university;
  • advise a peak body and preeminent Australian education provider in relation to its not-for-profit status;
  • obtain fundraising licenses in all States and Territories;
  • establish a public benevolent institution with capacity to send funds overseas for an international constituent member of the Red Cross;
  • advise a religious group on purchasing property through charitable structures;
  • assist a major Australian charity in responding to a breach of compliance notice issued by the ACNC;
  • re-structure a well-known gym group as a not-for-profit company;
  • assist a well-established health retreat to structure a tax-deductible social enterprise framework; and
  • set up a major online crowdfunding foundation.

Working with our clients in mind

We work closely with each of our clients to provide advice that is:

  • cost effective;
  • solution oriented; and
  • tailored to the clients’ identity and needs.

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