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Legal Structure for Charities and other Nonprofit organisations

Asking “What is the “best” legal structure for a non-profit organisation” may be seen as the ‘how long is a piece of string’ type of question as the answer is far from straightforward and is dependent upon a number of factors. … Continue reading

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Definition of ‘non-profit’, ‘not for profit organisation’, ‘charity’ etc

(Updated) In our discussions with those thinking about establishing a not-for-profit organization, it is apparent that there is still a lot of confusion about the terms ‘non-profit’, ‘not for profit’ etc. The various terms are used imprecisely and interchangeably, though the … Continue reading

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Reporting Standards for Registered NZ Charities

Registered NZ Charities must render an Annual Report to DIA Charities Services including a return and financial statements.  New financial reporting standards with which NZ Registered Charities must comply in making their Annual Report came into effect on 1 April … Continue reading

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How many charities are there in NZ?

UPDATED A question frequently asked is “how many charities are there in NZ?” The enquirer is usually using the term ‘charity’ to include all manner of non-profit entities and it appears that no-one knows the answer for certain! The Charities Services … Continue reading

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Charities Amendment Bill

Media release – NZ Government – Select Committee Office – 16 June 2016 Charities Amendment Bill The Government Administration Committee is seeking submissions on the Charities Amendment Bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday 29 July 2016. The amendments … Continue reading

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Free webinars for non-profits announced

“For those working to make a difference in an increasingly competitive Aotearoa, these kete from Community Research offer community sector expertise, resources, evidence and data to inspire you and inform you  … upcoming Winter 2016 Community Research Webinars!” – Community Research Webinars are offered between 28 … Continue reading

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NFP governance training from the Institute of Directors – courses for 2016

Updated The Institute of Directors are committed to providing on-going training within the NFP sector. Throughout the year there are training courses specifically tailored to NFP’s. See the outline schedule below. Content covered Governance, legal and regulatory framework essentials Board … Continue reading

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Definition of ‘non-profit’, ‘not for profit organisation’, or ‘charity’ – what’s the difference?

Q: Can you define a not for profit organisation?  “There is no single agreed term that fully describes the nonprofit sector in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Rather, a number of terms are commonly used that refer to all or part of it. … Continue reading

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What is the difference between a Charitable Trust and an Incorporated Society?

Q: What is the difference between a Charitable Trust and an Incorporated Society?  Which is best for me? The differences are clearly explained on the Registrar of Incorporated Societies website.  Which is the most suitable will naturally depend upon your … Continue reading

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Looking for a non-profit

Q: I am trying to determine if a non-profit is registered. Is there a list of ‘official’ not for profit organisations? A:  There is no complete list of non-profit organisations in NZ. Not all non-profits are formally registered with a government … Continue reading

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Upcoming NFP governance training from the Institute of Directors – courses for 2015

The Institute of Directors are committed to providing on-going training within the NFP sector. Throughout the year there are training courses specifically tailored to NFP’s and the first course for 2015 is coming up on 10 March in Auckland and another … Continue reading

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Charities Guide – a resource for certified officers of charities

“This resource aims to help you understand the responsibilities of being a certified officer of a Registered Charity. It also provides information about Charities Services and the benefits and obligations of being a Registered Charity, answers some common questions, and … Continue reading

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