The not-for-profit sector faces increasingly complex issues when it comes to legislative and regulatory frameworks that govern the sector. Proper legal structures, commercial arrangements and understanding exemptions are all factors that must be addressed to mitigate legal risks and maximise concessions available to qualifying not-for-profit entities.
Not-for-profit and charitable organisations and their directors are subject to similar scrutiny and regulation as for-profit organisations. Not-for-profits and charities also often have special reporting and regulatory obligations, such as those overseen by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission for registered charities. These include strict governance standards and annual reporting obligations regarding the financial position and activities of a registered entity.
Harwood Andrews provides advice to charities and not-for-profit organisations and community groups, as well as professional associations including in relation to:
specific laws surrounding the National Disability Insurance Scheme
governance and constitutional review
commercial contracts and arrangements
business structuring including mergers and demergers
bequests and charitable giving
Harwood Andrews has some of the most experienced lawyers in Australia who have advised both large and small not-for-profit entities operating in diverse areas, including the health, education, cultural, environmental, welfare, disability, sporting, international aid and other areas. Many of our lawyers are also involved in not-for-profit and charitable organisations and can provide practical legal advice from experience gained from being involved in a range of different not-for-profit areas.
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