ICNL Launches Philanthropy Law Reports


The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Philanthropy Law ReportsReports are currently available for India, China, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa.

The Reports present timely information on national laws and regulations affecting philanthropy. Each report was authored by a local expert in partnership with ICNL.

In the Reports, readers can learn about:

  • China’s recent Charity Law and Overseas NGO Management Law, with their far-ranging effects on the legal environment for nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. How are these laws being implemented, and what do donors and grantees need to know?
  • Saudi Arabia’s new Associations and Foundations Regulation and bylaws, which for the first time in the Kingdom’s history provide a comprehensive legal framework to govern the establishment, operation, and supervision of associations and foundations.
  • The Foreign Contribution Amendment Rules 2015 in India, which significantly increase reporting requirements for foreign contributions.
  • Three bills impacting the formation and governance of civil society organizations under consideration by Nigeria’s National Assembly that could augur significant legal changes in the months to come.

“In our work, we often hear that there is a lack of clear, concise information available to help philanthropists understand the legal environment for giving in particular countries,” said Catherine Shea, ICNL’s Vice President – Programs. “Our goal with the Philanthropy Law Reports is to fill that gap.” ICNL hopes that the reports will serve as a practical guide for the philanthropic sector and the nonprofit world.