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Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness

Eastern Partnership - Georgia

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Improving the Civil Society Enabling Environment in Georgia

Project Manager: Gela Charkviani

Donor Agency: G-PAC

Project Duration: 01.09.11 - 30.11.13

Project Overview:

The aim of the Project is to improve the enabling legal environment so that it better supports the financial sustainability of civil society organizations; and improves communication between civil society organizations and the government. to achieve this aim, Civil Society Institute will analyze tax regulations affecting CSOs in Georgia; identify key problematic regulations and develop solutions, provide expert consultations to advocacy efforts of other civil society organizations and businesses dedicated to addressing these issues, develop and publish a guidebook on taxation for civil society organizations, provide legal consultations to civil society organizations and taxation issues, and assist EWMI G-PAC in identifying new priorities for the upcoming years in this area. Civil Society Institute is carrying out these activities in close partnership with EWMI G-PAC and its partner, International Center for Not-for-profit Law (ICNL). The project is implemented through the Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC) program of East-West Management Institute (EWMI). This program was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Project Activity:

Parliament to Debate Draft Law on Volunteering from the End of March

Issues Concerning Set-Off of Donations Made to Welfare Organizations

Guide: Financial Registration and Accounting of Not-For-Profit Legal Entities

Trainings on the Tax Code

Workshop on Financial Sustainability for Civil Society Organizations

Draft Law of Georgia on Volunteering

Improving the Enabling Environment of CSOs in Georgia

Characteristics of Taxing Not-For-Profit Legal Entities in Georgia

Meeting on Tax Issues

Roundtable on Supporting NGOs and Philanthropy in Georgia