Types of Charities & Not for Profit (NFP) entities
We are one of a handful of Australian law firms that have a dedicated Not for Profit (Non profit) and Charity Law division advising non profit and charitable institutions around Australia and internationally.
Types of Not for Profit (NFP) legal structures
We regularly advise non profit bodies established as:
Companies limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001
Incorporated Associations under various Association Incorporation Acts
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations and Indigenous Trusts
Unincorporated Associations (including Societies and Co-operatives)
Letters Patent bodies
Bodies established by Statute
We have conducted numerous legal structural reviews and long term strategic planning initiatives for National bodies, State based bodies and Local bodies.
We have drafted from scratch, reviewed, re-worked and amended numerous constitutions, by-laws and rules for these bodies.
Letters Patent bodies
Letters Patent bodies are an historical form of association that has been preserved. That is bodies who are formed on this basis can generally continue on this basis. There are very few lawyers who understand how this form of association works together with the functioning, powers and officeholder responsibility associated with it.
DGRs, PBIs and Gift Funds
We have established and advised countless DGR and PBI bodies and DGR Funds within existing Charitable Institution bodies.
We have established and amended many and varied Charitable Trusts.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations
We act for a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations, advising across the areas of corporate governance, structure, indigenous land transfers (native title claims), negotiations with mining companies, negotiations and disputes with State and Commonwealth governments, entitlement to charitable endorsements and other related issues.
Our lawyers advise in this sector, not just in Queensland but across Australia and internationally. This allows us to have an informed perspective of likely regulatory change.
Who we advise
- Churches, Denominations & Religious Institutions
- Schools, Colleges & Educational Institutions
- Deductible Gift Recipients (DGRs)
- Public Benevolent Institutions (PBIs)
- Aged Care Providers
- Aboriginal Corporations and Indigenous Trusts
- Community Housing Providers
- Affordable Housing Providers
- Research institutions & funds
- Health institutions and funds
- Environment & Environmental Organisations
- Cultural & Heritage organisations
- Ancillary Funds (Private Ancillary Funds formerly known as Prescribed Private Funds)
- Overseas Aid Funds