FAL has a substantial charities and not-for-profits practice, covering the full scope of charity and deductible gift recipient (DGR) types.
We take the time to develop a comprehensive understanding of all our clients’ goals and activities, which is reflected in our 100% success rate.
We are often engaged to assist charities whose applications or charity status are in jeopardy, and pride ourselves on our ability to find pragmatic, affordable solutions for all of our clients.
World-leading research collaboration
Earlier this year FAL assisted a large scientific research collaboration obtain charity status to facilitate the pursuit of its goals and charitable objects. The collaboration brings together industry, researchers, government bodies and the community to leverage and build upon Australian capability and expertise, with the end goal of creating the tools, technologies and skills to make Australia a player on the world stage in the charity’s sector. In this case, the application went straight through and was accepted by the ACNC without any questions, changes or requests for further information.
Medical Clinic Charity with Substantial Initial Funding
We acted for a medical charity that conducts clinical and medical research activities. The charity, due to the reputation of its board members, had substantial promised funding prior to its registration with the ACNC from a large-scale sophisticated donor, and we assisted not only with the establishment of the charity but also with forming the structure for receiving those donations and setting up the its operational framework (e.g. leasing out buildings at hospitals, obtaining high-tech and expensive medical equipment, establishing employment arrangements, etc).
Community Based Charities
We have had a successful track record of registering charities with the ACNC for individuals that aim to help specific and niche communities within Australia. Our experience with working with niche communities ranges far and wide, from setting up charities that aim to assist cultural communities, religious communities and professional communities (e.g. maritime community). We have been able to set up all of these charities to empower them with freedom and flexibility to pursue their vision and charitable objectives.
Overseas Charity to Build Schools in Kenya and Cambodia
In 2016, our charities team were the first in Australia to successfully get tax deductible status for a charity that wanted to send money overseas to people in need.
The background is that a friend approached us with his dream – to build schools for kids in Kenya and Cambodia. With some changes in the law happening in the couple of years before, we thought it was a prime time to test the waters and see if charities set up exclusively for benefitting needy people overseas would be accepted. Happily, our efforts were successful and since then many schools have been able to be built, assisting hundreds of children every day.
A Charity Set Up in a Day
At times charities have urgent needs to obtain charity status as they have important projects with looming deadlines. We have worked closely with the ACNC and the ATO and, when needed, have been able to openly communicate with them about urgent needs of clients. In this case we filed the application on a Thursday and came to work on a Monday morning with the charity approved and ready to go. This was enormously beneficial for our client who needed the funds to keep an important building within their community.