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Social Enterprises in New Zealand: A Legal Handbook, Now Available 11 Sep 2017
  Parry Field Lawyers are pleased to release "Social Enterprises in New Zealand: A Legal Handbook" by Steven Moe.  The book is a first of its kind and is intended to resource Read more...
Why wouldn’t you B a B Corp? Guest article by Tim Jones from Grow Good 23 Aug 2017
Guest article by Tim Jones, founder of Grow Good To B or not to B? Why wouldn’t you B a B Corp?   It is so hard to know where to start writing Read more...
So, what makes a mission driven company? 14 Aug 2017
So, what makes a mission driven company? Came across an interesting report from November 2016 published in the UK called: “In pursuit of impact: Mission-led businesses”. A copy can be accessed Read more...
Thoughts from attending Melbourne conference on charity law 29 Jul 2017
   Last week I attended and spoke at the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference in Melbourne. I had two observations that I thought it was worth sharing Read more...
The Mission Driven Venture: Key Points 21 Jul 2017
I have been reading "The Mission Driven Venture" by Marc J. Lane. The sub title is: "Business solutions to the world's most vexing social problems".  It provides an overview of Read more...
Legal Mashup Slides + Videos 12 Jul 2017
It was great for Kris and I to welcome about 30 people to the Legal Mashup event we held at XCHC recently.  You can access the slides from the Legal Read more...
Before you join a Board … ask these questions. 23 Jun 2017
Frequently asked questions for Board nominees Making the decision to join the board of a charity or trust or social enterprise is often a choice which is made without much information.  Read more...
Reasons for a Trust Board to Incorporate 22 Jun 2017
Reasons for a Trust Board to incorporate It is very common for the board of a charitable trust to apply for incorporation under the Charities Act 1957.  To do this certain Read more...
The case of CDC and whether it was a charity (or not). 18 Jun 2017
Do not pass Go: The case of CDC and whether it was a charity (or not). A fascinating case which came before the courts just a few years ago provides a Read more...
Winding up a Charitable Trust: Key points 23 May 2017
When a charitable trust has been going for a long time it may be that it eventually “runs out of steam” either through the purpose having been achieved, the situation Read more...
Church control over Charitable Trusts 01 May 2017
Navigating the rocky shores of “control” where a Church may exercise some power over other organisations and the implications that may result in the need for consolidation of accounts and Read more...
Statement of Service Performance 13 Apr 2017
We attended a webinar by Charities Services on the new reporting standards.  There were 1,700 participants in the webinar so there was a lot of demand from people to learn Read more...
Social Enterprises in NZ: A challenge for change 03 Apr 2017
Introduction Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. Alice: I Read more...
How “useful” does research need to be to qualify as being charitable? 20 Mar 2017
This article contains a discussion of a fascinating case that came out at the end of 2016.  The reason it is interesting is that the Judge had some frank words Read more...
What is a “Social Enterprise”? 11 Mar 2017
One of the interesting things about being involved in a relatively new sector like social enterprise is that there are often assumptions about what is being talked about. This article Read more...
Company or Trust: Which one to choose for your Social Enterprise? 07 Mar 2017
One of the most confusing aspects about setting up a social enterprise is getting the legal structure right.  You might have thought the hard work was done when you had Read more...
Charitable Purposes: What are they? 05 Mar 2017
The definition of charitable purposes in New Zealand charity law derives from English common law. The foundations for the legal definition of charitable purposes and charity law owe their inception to Read more...
Overseas Charities in New Zealand: Schedule 32 tax exemption 01 Mar 2017
Introduction New Zealanders are a generous people.  Charities and social enterprises which are based overseas and doing good work in other parts of the world are increasingly looking to grow their Read more...
Review of “You have the power to change stuff: Chapter One” by Daniel Flynn 10 Feb 2017
This is a book about social enterprise which is a really interesting and challenging read.  I think it will be relevant to a lot of people involved in charities and Read more...
Liability for trustees of Charities, Not for Profits and Social Enterprises 08 Feb 2017
One of the key questions for any start up – whether in the charitable or social enterprise arena or not – is what the best structure is to reduce the Read more...
Governance Structures: What works best for Charities, Social Enterprises and Not for Profits? 07 Feb 2017
One theme often comes up again and again for charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises relates to how the organisation will be governed. This same issue applies whether the particular involvement is Read more...
How to set up a charitable trust 02 Feb 2017
Introduction So you have a great idea that just might make a difference in the world, but are wondering about how to formalise a legal structure that would help you do Read more...
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