Our dedicated Not-For-Profit (NFP) Team assists NFPs and social enterprise organisations

Our Team comprises lawyers with specialist technical expertise and personal experience as participants with a deep understanding and appreciation of the issues facing the NFP sector.


The MV Difference

Our lawyers volunteer their time on boards ranging from small organisations such as a school-based parents association, start-ups like the newly established Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund and The Fly Program to larger more established organisations such as the National Heart Foundation, Lifeline, Havelock House, and LEAD.

We support our clients in all aspects of their requirements from start-up, growth, mergers and unification to exits.

Meyer Vandenberg also supports the community through our community engagement activities and our provision of pro bono legal services.

  • We have a dedicated NFP Sector Team in Canberra that understands the NFP sector.
  • Our NFP Sector Team works together with other teams to draw on their expertise as required. What’s more, we are collaborators with each other, with you and your other advisers, to achieve a holistic solution that gives the right outcome.
  • We educate our people both externally and internally. We share our learnings amongst ourselves, our clients and our referrers.
  • Our business is locally owned and we support local businesses. We are connected within the community.  We strive to ensure your success and the achievement of your goals.

Key issues for Not for Profit Boards and Executives

Governance Integrity

Are we doing this correctly, what are the risks, how will our decisions now shape the future. Are we creating a culture of strategic awareness in the way we approach governance?

Sustainability, financial and infrastructure

Does the organisation have the structures in place to ensure its financial viability going forward? How can the organisation ensure growth in its business and operations? Should the organisation be considering a merger or a demerger and what would that look like?

Future proofing

Does the organisation have systems in place to ensure that its work can be carried out now and into the future for the benefit of the community it serves? Does the organisation have the right board and the right staff to carry out its strategic intent? Does the organisation need to change legal structure to operate in new markets?

Risk management

How is the organisation managing emerging risks effecting cybersecurity of data and privacy?

Our clients

Our NFP clients include community organisations, health promotions and service providers, disability service providers, educational institutions, research bodies and “think tanks”, industry bodies and professional associations, sporting bodies, childcare centres, ancillary funds, social enterprises and philanthropic organisations.


Constitutional changes, change in accredited certified translators, intellectual property.

Carers ACT

Campaign reporting obligations, employment law, intellectual property.

TAFE Directors

Advised on the operation of the Vocational Educational Tuition Scheme. Advised on the operation of statutory changes.


Terms and Conditions, mandatory disclosure and privacy consents.

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