Nonprofit Organizations & Social and Solidarity Economy II

Let us deal with the supportive measures provided by the Law to the Social and Solidarity Economy entities (hereinafter referred to as SSE entities). Supportive Measures – Financial Aids The SSE entities have access to be funded by the Social Economy Fund the resources of which come from the state budget, the European Social Fund…

Nonprofit Organizations and tax policy

In which cases are Nonprofit Organizations subject to tax and in which cases are they excluded? One of the most important tax issues that an NPO is concerned about is the tax regime. Even if a legal entity has been characterized by its founders as nonprofit, it is judged in any case by the competent…

NGOs on the Internet

As part of HIGGS educational activities, I have the opportunity to work with NGOs working in Greece, in the framework of advisory meetings on issues related to the use of Facebook. Based on the experience I have gained, there is a strong need to improve and enhance the digital image of NGOs, as it is…

NGOs and intra-Community Transactions

The increased interest of international community in the problems of Greece as well as the multiple opportunities for funding and cooperation with other entities from EU have led many NGOs to get involved in intra-Community Transactions. Intra-Community Transactions are considered all the cases where an NGO which operates in Greece has to deal with an…

Nonprofit Organizations & Social and Solidarity Economy

The new Greek Law 4430/2016 on Social and Solidarity Economy which was passed on 31st October 2016 offers new opportunities to NPOs. Who is affected? Social Cooperative Enteprises, Social Cooperative of Limited Ability and a new form called Workers’ Cooperatives as well as other legal forms of Nonprofit Organizations. According to this law, it is…

International Development Assistance from Greece: Reduced sources and common opinion

The economic crisis had a significant and negative impact on Greece’s development aid to developing countries, but also on public support for it, although the refugee crisis seems to reverse the trends of previous years. Greece’s ODA (Greece’s ODA) has been greatly affected by the economic crisis. In 2014, the aid rate was 0.11% of…

María Luisa Chávez: «Working Together Making A Difference»

24 October 2016 – In support of the UN Day celebration on 24 October 2016, HIGGS organized at its premises an event with the title “Working Together Making a Difference”. Mrs. María Luisa Chávez, Former Chief, NGO Relations Unit, UNDPI, Member, Board of Trustees at UNIS, and Member of the Advisory Board of HIGGS, was…

Credit Institutions and Social Offer in Greece

HIGGS conducts a series of small surveys on issues that concern the NPOs’ ( Nonprofit Organizations) ecosystem operating in Greece. One of these issues is whether the various programs implemented by banks can effectively support Greek Nonprofit Organizations. More specifically our first survey presents the ways in which Greek banks support NPOs in the context…

NPOs & Commercial Operations

Our country’s civil society has been facing particular challenges in recent years. The economic and humanitarian crisis is deepening and the administration’s refusal to legally institutionalize and shield the area of ​​charitable organizations, with the distinction and notion of “nonprofit” leaves many questions open, such as: • Is my organization able to make commercial transactions?…

Tax treatment of tax donation of NGOs

One of the most frequent issues that concern Nonprofit Organizations, which are active in Greece and which aim at attracting large donations, whether from natural or legal persons (eg Institutions), is the treatment of the tax donation. The general rule is that most donations are subject to a self-imposed tax of 0.5% after deduction of…

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