Advising non-profit organisations

GGV has been advising associations, foundations and other non-profit organisations for many years. From the planning stage onwards, we will be the specialist at your side with expertise that’s always up-to-date. We work using an interdisciplinary approach to provide comprehensive and proficient support to non-profit organisations. We also do volunteer work in the committees of professional, church and private non-profits.

Our expertise

  • Assistance in establishing associations and setting up foundations
  • Succession advice (foundation and trust models)
  • Recognition as a limited-term trust
  • Drafting of articles of association
  • Coordination with supervisory authorities
  • Ongoing tax and legal advice
  • Preparation of tax returns
  • Optimisation of tax reserves
  • Assistance with tax audits
  • Representation in and out of court proceedings
  • Opinions on issues of non-profit status
  • Advice on the development of economic activity, involvement of cooperation partners, restructuring, etc.
  • Audits of annual financial statements (pursuant to law, voluntary, pursuant to articles of association, pursuant to the relevant German state foundation act)
  • Audits of the use of funds: audits of the use of donations, grants, subsidies, etc.
  • Emergency consultation upon impending loss of non-profit status

Our approach

  • We understand the issues and concerns of non-profit organisations and speak a language that our clients understand
  • Interdisciplinary approach for comprehensive support in the areas of tax, labour law, association law, foundation and corporate law, audits, support for transactions, etc.
  • Investigating risks and opportunities in the laws applicable to non-profit entities
  • Utilizing tax concessions, taking a multitude of structuring options and tax risks into account
  • Our partners’ active participation in each project provides counsel with direct impact on your decision

Our clients

  • Different legal forms such as associations, foundations and gGmbHs
  • Professional associations
  • Research associations
  • Foundations in the fields of culture, research, science, mechanical engineering, etc.
  • Community and family foundations
  • Associations of the Protestant Church