Legal Environment for Financial Sustainability in Georgia

A Report to Advance Civil Society’s Access to Resources


In order to advocate for barrier-free access to resources, civil society organizations need to be aware of the legislation affecting their income. To help organizations build awareness, the USAID Civil Society Engagement Program (CSEP), implemented by the East-West Management Institute, Inc., ICNL, and ECNL formed a team to prepare an assessment of the legal environment for civil society financial sustainability and corporate and individual philanthropy in Georgia. The assessment team analyzed existing mechanisms and the extent these are used to support organizational activities. The key areas addressed in the assessment include regulations related to donations and income, individual philanthropy, corporate philanthropy, specific fundraising methods, income from economic activities, social entrepreneurship, volunteering, and state funding. The report also identifies several challenges that organizations face in these areas and recommendations on how to address them.