NGOs, Charities and Non-Profit Organizations

  • S. Horowitz is one of Israel's leading firms for providing local and foreign not for profit organisations, charities, amutot, public benefit companies and private endowments with comprehensive advice on organisational, compliance, planning, governance, funding and commercial arrangements and tax issues.


    Our clients include philanthropists, not for profit organisations, charities, foundations and private grant-making endowments whose causes range across a broad spectrum of purposes including education, research, health and social care, religion, heritage and the arts, welfare and the environment.


    The firm's expertise includes advising and providing guidance on the following:


    • Establishing, registering and on-going filing and regulatory requirements of public benefit companies, amutot and private endowments
    • Foreign non-profit organisations’ and charities’ activities in Israel, in particular practical advice on the Israeli regulatory provisions that apply to such organisations and the manner by which they may operate in Israel
    • The tax and regulatory issues arising from the carrying out of commercial operations whether through a special purpose vehicle or in co-operation with other parties
    • Trustees' and officers' duties and responsibilities
    • Fund raising and tax advice regarding lifetime and testamentary donations
    • Governance and internal disputes
    • Tax compliance
    • Legacy disputes


    • Representing the Weizmann Institute of Science Tax concerning a major real estate transaction valued at NIS 1 billion (approximately US$ 250 million) relating to the construction of the Tamar Science Park (a 250 acre property development), one of Israel's largest industry and office building parks, and the planning of a residential area for the Institute's scientists
    • Representing Hadassah Hospital on various matters, including employment law issues relating to the medical and other staff at the hospital and the development and construction of a new shopping centre, hotel and biotechnology park in and around the hospital complex
    • Providing ongoing counsel to the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, including facilitating the restoration of its historic seat to Jerusalem
    • Representing Beit Berl College in resolving disputes with the Berl Katznelson Fund concerning the land on which the college is located and on other operational matters
    • Providing on-going advice to the Israel Cancer Association, including reports to and assistance before the tax authorities in connection with real estate taxation
    • Representing Kids Kicking Cancer, which is devoted to helping children overcome cancer through martial arts and spiritual training, in the establishment of its operations in Israel
    • Advising the Starlight Children's Foundation, whose programs and services are designed to improve the life and health of children and families around the world regarding all aspects of the activities of the foundation in Israel
    • Representing Ashoka, the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with operations on every continent, in the establishment of its operations in Israel
    • Providing advice to the Israel Lung Association with regard to contractual issues in a negotiation for joint land development project