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Charities & Not For Profits

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Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission

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

Moreover, ensuring the proper charities legal structures in place can help you maximise profits and minimise costs.

Our lawyers are highly experienced in the area of charities. Specifically, we have a high success rate in assisting individuals and organisations in setting up charities for registration with the ACNC. For example, getting them tax concession status and deductible gift recipient status. Furthermore, the FAL team are well-placed to advise our clients in relation to a broad range of charity and not-for-profit matters. These include:

  • structures;
  • charitable trusts and ancillary funds;
  • charity registration with the ACNC;
  • policies and governance;
  • compliance;
  • tax deductible status (‘DGR’);
  • income tax exemptions;
  • employment;
  • distribution of funds overseas; and
  • fundraising licensing.

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

Our strategy

We work closely with each of our clients to provide advice that is solution oriented and tailored to the client’s identity and needs.

Our team has established an Australian charitable fundraising arm for a major international charity. Additionally, we have set up a major online crowdfunding foundation and restructured a well-known gym group as a not-for-profit company. We advise a peak body and preeminent Australian education provider in relation to its not-for-profit status.

Additionally, our firm has advised and acted on tax-deductible funds. For example, establishing a tax-deductible fund for Australia’s leading online crowd-fund company, and setting up an Australian based tax-deductible fundraising structure with multiple funds for a leading international university. Additionally, we assist a well-established health retreat to structure a tax-deductible social enterprise framework.  

Further, we advise on the following concerns related to charities and not-for-profits:

  • obtain fundraising licenses in all States and Territories;
  • establish a public benevolent institution with capacity to send funds overseas;
  • advise religious groups on purchasing property through charitable structures; and
  • responding to a breach of compliance notice issued by the ACNC;

We are also understanding of clients’ financial concerns. Therefore, we offer cost effective assistance. Additionally, we offer fixed fee services.

To discuss your charity or not-for-profit organisation with us, book a free consultation by getting in touch with us today.


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