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Charities and other not for profit (NFPs) organisations  operate under laws unique to their sector. They also face many of the same challenges as for-profit businesses.

In striving to advance their core purpose, NFPs must manage issues around their governance and legal structures, building and preserving their identity and managing their tax related endorsements. In an increasingly competitive environment, many NFPs are also being forced to consider additional ways to compete – including merger and acquisition activity, undertaking complex property developments and other projects, and adopting attractive employment arrangements to attract talent.

Our lawyers appreciate the challenging regulatory and commercial environment NFPs operate in. They understand what drives NFPs and how to help them achieve their mission. We stay abreast of developments to improve NFPs’ ability to compete for government funding, donor support and expanding the uptake of their services.

We guide many NFPs through their establishment and operational phases, with particular focus on educational institutions, including schools, universities and TAFEs. Our team includes members who have worked both in NFPs and in the regulators that oversee them, leading to unique insights embedded in the nature of our advice.

We also live our commitment to the NFP sector through the Macpherson Kelley Foundation, which supports a range of charities in the education, welfare, health and international aid sectors.


we advise nfp clients across all areas of expertise, in particular:
acnc charity registration
acnc compliance action
cy-pres applications
dgr endorsement (tax deductibility)
discrimination, employment and volunteer advice
external conduct standards (operating overseas)
fundraising (direct and crowd funding)
governing documents – trusts, constitutions, rules
governance advice – director duties, trustee changes, board disputes
intellectual property protection
mergers and acquisitions
private ancillary funds and public ancillary funds
school regulation advice
stamp duty, land tax and gst concessions
structuring advice
tax endorsements and concessions – income tax, gst, fbt
training in child safety, human resources practices