Our Not for Profit/Charitable Trust services
Saunders & Co is widely known for its experience and expertise in the Not for Profit and Charitable Trust sectors, acting for several leading cultural and sporting organisations in Christchurch.
Our Partners are also represented on numerous volunteer boards including the Canterbury Repertory Theatre Trust, Children’s Theatre, Christchurch Music Theatre Education Trust, Christchurch Football Club, Christchurch Golf Club, Russley Golf Club and the Canterbury Cricket Association.
Most of our involvement in these sectors is setting up new entities. This is a complex process that requires significant expertise, particularly when meeting the strict requirements and close scrutiny of the Charities Commission. It is critical new entities are established correctly from the beginning to ensure they are not put at risk later on.
Our team has a strong understanding of the regulatory framework around both sectors and can advise organisations on the legal and tax aspects of raising funds as a charity.
We can also advise an organisation on its structure, rules, and what it needs to do to preserve its charitable status if this is relevant.
Our expert team also provides general legal advice for Not for Profit clients and Charitable Trusts which are conducting normal business operations.