Nicole Copley

Wildlife ACT Trustee and NGO Lawyer

Nicole Copley is an NGO lawyer, based Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, but working for NGO clients all over South Africa and internationally. Nicole advises on, drafts (and amends) founding documents for and sets up every sort of organisation required by South African NGOs. She makes tax exemption and 18A (deduction of donations) applications, and applications to be registered with the Nonprofit Organisations Board. She keeps registrations up to date and in order and assists with compliance and reporting. Her office also offers CIPC registration and update services, NPO reporting and other services. They advise on re-structuring, and assist not-for-profits in understanding and applying the useful provisions of B-BBEE.

Nicole works for a wide range of types and sizes of organisation. She aims to provide a pragmatic and efficient service to all of her clients. She has been working for NGOs for 24 years, and has seen many changes in NGO legislation and the NGO environment, in that time.

Nicole works with other consultants to the not-for-profit sector, collaborating on training, newsletters, advising government on legislation for the sector and, most recently, a series of practical guides for the sector, called “NGO Matters”, being published by Juta. Nicole’s volume: “NGO MATTERS: a practical legal guide to starting up” is available at and will shortly be followed by volumes on tax, governance, financial management, and other topics such as Social Entrepreneurship and B-BBEE.