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Italy: Code to Regulate Nongovernmental Organizations

(Oct. 4, 2017) On August 3, 2017, the new Code of the Third Sector entered into effect in Italy.  The new Code is part of a broader reform of the “third sector” that includes The “third sector” comprises organizations — such as associations, volunteer organizations, and philanthropic foundations – formed to pursue the common good, in order to reach […]

Germany: Nonprofits May Engage in Non-Partisan Politics Without Losing Tax-Exempt Status

(Sept. 8, 2017) In a decision published on August 9, 2017, the German Federal Financial Court (Bundesfinanzhof, BFH) held that nonprofit corporations may engage in non-partisan politics without losing their tax-exempt status. (Bundesfinanzhof [BFH] [Federal Financial Court], docket no. X R 13/15 (Aug. 9, 2017), BFH website in German).) The Court stated that a nonprofit corporation […]

Israel: Disclosure Requirements for Organizations Funded by Foreign Political Entities

(July 19, 2016) On July 11, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Duty of Disclosure [for a Body] Supported by a Foreign Political Entity (Amendment) Law, 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), thereby amending a law on the topic enacted in 2011 (Disclosure Law). (Amendment Law, 5776-2016, available at the Knesset website (unofficial text, click on the […]

Uganda: Non-Governmental Organizations Bill Becomes Law

(Mar. 17, 2016) It was reported on March 9, 2016, that the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, recently signed into law the Non-Governmental Organisations Bill, 2015, repealing and replacing the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration Act of 1989 (as amended in 2006).  (Amy Fallon, Repressive NGO Act, IPS (Mar. 9, 2016).)  It appears that the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration […]

South Sudan: Laws Regulating Non-Governmental Organizations Enacted

(Feb. 16, 2016) On February 11, 2016, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, signed into law two bills: the Non-Governmental Organizations Bill, 2015 (NGO Bill) (repealing and replacing the Non-Governmental Organizations Act of 2003), and the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Bill, 2015.  (South Sudanese President Signs NGO Bill into Law, SUDAN TRIBUNE (Feb. 11, […]

Sri Lanka: Amendment Planned for NGO Funding Rules

(Apr. 29, 2014) According to Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country plans to amend laws on funding for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The changes would give authorities the right to review the funding received by NGOs. (Sri Lankan Government to Amend Laws Related to Funding of NGOs, COLOMBO PAGE (Apr. 25, 2014).) Rajapaksa was answering […]

Croatia: Amendments to Law on Nonprofit Organizations Proposed

(Feb. 4, 2014) The Government of Croatia proposed a draft Law on Financial Operations and Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations on January 30, 2014. Among other provisions, the new Law would require non-profit organizations (NPOs) with annual revenue above HRK230,000 (about US$40,560) to register as new companies or other business entities. Rental and leasing activities are […]