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Philanthropy

Overview

There are many ways to support a worthwhile cause, each with different legal and financial implications. Drawing on our experience in the fields of not-for-profit and charity law and tax law, we assist our clients in finding the most appropriate way of achieving their philanthropic aspirations.

While some simply wish to support existing charities, others wish to create their own private charitable foundations. Some prefer that their gifts should be used up over a relatively short period of time; others wish to establish a program of philanthropic activity which can continue beyond their own lifetime, perpetuating their family name and ethos. Whatever the desired result, we can advise on the structure and tax-efficient funding of the philanthropic endeavor.

In the case of established charities and non-profit organizations, we provide advice on structuring operations and investments to comply with applicable tax and regulatory requirements. We also advise on fundraising as well as commercial and contractual matters.

In other cases, we help clients consider alternative ways of making a difference, whether through projects such as venture philanthropy and microfinance, or by adopting a policy of socially-responsible investment.

Services

  • Tax aspect of donation planning
  • Private foundations
  • Charity constitution and registration
  • Charity restructuring
  • Commercial contracts
  • Sponsorship
  • Fundraising