At Holman Webb, we recognise that member based organisations, charities and social enterprises have their own peculiarities and pressures.
Our Not-For-Profit team understands that when we advise you on commercial issues, the solution or assistance you require should take into account the added dimension of member and mission relationships.
The rapid growth in Social Enterprise and entrepreneurships has brought a new dimension to the sector. Government response to financial and governance stress in traditional and emerging not-for-profit structures, includes the creation of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, and the imposition of a new tax regime. More than ever not-for-profits and social enterprises need sound strategic and legal advice to protect their structure and promote their mission.
We provide legal advice and support to a wide range of organisations, including professional and sporting associations, peak industry bodies, deductible gift recipients and charities.
We regularly assist a diverse range of not-for-profit organisations with:
Review, update and restructure of constitutions and governing instruments in the lead up to organisational and operational restructures
Compliance with the Charitable Fundraising Act and in particular cross-border protocols
Efficient response and resolution to queries from the ATO
Prompt applications to the ATO including: applications for DGR; charitable endorsements; private ruling on tax exempt status and tax and purchaser/vendor concessions
Submissions in response to draft Taxation Rulings issued by the ATO
Submissions to various consultation papers issued by the ATO and Treasury in respect of the sector.
We have also provided advice in relation to a range of employment matters including;
Drafting employment contracts
Award interpretation and entitlements
Termination of employment disputes
Discrimination issues Occupational health & safety
Compliance and incident response and implementation of workplace policies and procedures.
We regularly host information sessions for our clients and interested not-for-profits on topical issues including governance and compliance, branding and intellectual property and workplace relations.