Not-For-Profits & Incorporated Societies


Special Counsel
Senior Associate

We have established a comprehensive practice advising not-for-profit and community organisations locally and nationally. Our clients include charitable and other philanthropic trusts, charitable companies, incorporated societies and B Corps™. This experience means we understand the drivers for not-for-profit entities and the types of pressures they face. Our not-for-profit clients also choose to work with us because they have access to a full service firm that can handle any matter, regardless of the size and complexity, at very cost effective rates. We achieve this by setting our rates competitively resourcing work at the appropriate level.

Our team are frequently asked to speak at industry events and conferences, and have made submissions on behalf of clients on the proposed amendments to the Charities Act 2005. We are also a sponsor of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Duncan Cotterill is also passionate about supporting the initiative and innovation of not-for-profits. Vital for the social, cultural and environmental health of New Zealand communities, not-for-profits also helps create more inclusive and sustainable local economies. We work with enterprising people who have a vision for social change.

To foster the growth and impact of not-for-profits, Duncan Cotterill provides advisory services for a wide range of not-for-profit entities in New Zealand – from individuals, to nationwide organisations. Without sacrificing the quality of our work, we take into account the limited resources not-for-profits may be constrained by. Duncan Cotterill can help right from the very early stages of establishing a not-for-profit entity and provide opportunities for ventures to attract investment from investors and actively facilitate connections with our wider network of professional advisors.

Changes made by the Incorporated Societies Act 2022

With the Incorporated Societies Act 2022 coming into force in April 2022, there are steps that all incorporated societies need to take to update their rules and then re-register under the new Act, or else they will cease to exist. Our experts can help guide you through this process. Please contact one of our specialists for more information or visit our information hub.

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