Emil Ford Lawyers

Charity & Not-for-Profits

Emil Ford Lawyers assist charitable and non-profit organisations such as charities, clubs, societies and associations with a range of issues including:

  • Incorporation of companies, trusts and incorporated associations, including advising on the best structures to use
  • Corporate governance (how such organisations should be governed and managed)
  • Tax exemptions and tax deductibility for gifts
  • GST
  • Fundraising and compliance with the Charitable Fundraising Act, the Corporations Act and the Associations Incorporation Act
  • Employment
  • Property
  • Trust law

Not-for-Profit Law Notes

Not-for-Profit Law Notes is a newsletter which we produce regularly to keep charitable and Not-for-Profit Organisations up-to-date on changes to legislation and other legal matters.   Follow this link to view a copy of Not-for-Profit Law Notes

Read some articles which have appeared in Not-for-Profit Law Notes on topics including:

  Some feedback from our subscribers:

"Thank you so much for keeping us informed of these important matters and for your oversight.  Your Not-for-Profit Law Notes are valued and appreciated."

"Thank you so much for sending these notes out from time to time. As you know, it's not easy for those of us in the not-for-profit space to keep track of changes in legislation and policy, so it is a real blessing to have this "safety net" by receiving these updates from you."

"Just a short note to say thank you for sending these through. I do look forward to what you provide in these notes." - Craig Moore, CEO, Interaction Services

"Thank you for this very helpful information." - John Marks, CEO, Rhema FM Newcastle

How to Subscribe:  Follow this link to the subscription form for Not-for-Profit Law notes or .  

Further Reading for Not-for-Profit organisations

Download a copy of Joseph O'Mara's Paper on the Constitution for a Charitable Company: Practical tips & helpful processes which was presented at a Legalwise Seminar on 14 September 2018.

Download a free copy of David Ford's Paper on the Duties of Governors of Not-for-profits and charities which was presented at a Legalwise Seminar on 15 September 2017.


Philanthropy in Australia & the US - An excerpt from the Sydney Morning Herald



Will the Australian Government's Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances and allegations of Child Sexual Abuse affect your organisation?  Read more ...






www.acnc.gov.au The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission website.
www.ato.gov.au The ATOassist website has information for non-profit organisations. Click on the "For Non-Profit Organisations" icon for tax information, including income tax, goods and services tax and fringe benefits tax, and details of exemptions or concessions which may apply. Information is also available on fundraising, volunteers and deductible gifts.
www.probonoaustralia.com.au This is the web site of Pro Bono Australia whose aim is to facilitate and increase the level of philanthropy in Australia and to give not for profit organisations the resources they need to run effectively.
www.governance.com.au This web site contains resources in the governance and management areas for Australian non-profit boards.
www.boardsource.org This is a USA web site with governance resources for non-profit boards.    
www.dunhamandcompany.com Dunham+Company is a strategic consulting company built on over 30 years of experience in helping not-for-profit organisations in the strategic development and execution of their marketing, fundraising, and media strategies. The company works in Australia, the US and Europe.    


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