Charities, NGOs and Non-Profit Organisations

  • 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 a major academic institution in tax planning (including several unique aspects) and negotiations concerning a major real estate transaction valued at NIS 1 billion (approximately US$ 250 million) relating to the construction of a 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 institution's scientists
    • 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 the Beit Berl College in tax planning and negotiations concerning a complicated real estate transaction valued at NIS 100 million (approximately US$ 25 million) relating to a lease agreement with the Berl Katznelson Foundation
    • Representing and providing on-going advice to The British Council and the British Embassy on all of their tax issues
    • Providing tax advice to the Starlight Children's Foundation regarding the activities of the foundation in Israel
    • Representing the British Commonwealth Organisation and assisting them in reaching a settlement in a dispute with the tax authorities
    • Representing and providing on-going advice to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and providing legal representation before the Israeli tax authorities