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Not for Profit and Social Enterprise

With your business ideas and goals that would benefit communities, it pays that you also know the law. We have the expertise you need.  

We provide the best advice on appropriate legal structure

We help prepare governance documents and compliance with directors’ duties

We prepare business taxation endorsements

We make funding/grant agreements and sponsorship agreements

We ensure that all regulatory compliance are met

Not for Profit and Social Enterprise

Not-for-profit and social enterprises are a growing, active and important feature of Australia’s social and business eco-system, accounting for 10% of the Australian workforce, 3.9% of GDP and over 600,000 organisations.

Stokes Lawyers are proficient in establishing and advising not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises.

Not-for-profit (NFP) organizations are types of organizations that do not earn profits for its owners. All of the money earned by or donated to a not-for-profit organization is used in pursuing the organization's objectives. 

A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in financial, social and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits for external shareholders. 

Our services include –

establishing or restructuring not-for-profits

advising on and obtaining taxation concessions

assisting NFPs and social enterprises in their commercial activities

structuring to reduce risk

We ensure that all regulatory compliance are met

Our Law365 program provide fixed-price, annual legal services to the not-for-profit sector at reduced rates.  Several of our lawyers sit on the board of not-for-profit organisations.

In 2016 Stokes Lawyers established and continue to support Men’s Legal Service, an NFP and deductible gift recipient that assists men and their families with family law and children events.

Whether you are a local or regionally based organisation looking for accessible legal assistance or a larger organisation looking for greater alignment in the provider of legal advice and services, Stokes Lawyers can assist you.

Key Contacts

James Stokes

Managing Director

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