The non-profit sector is characterized by social entrepreneurship and economic development. The non-profit sector is dependent upon the public sector for funding. The management and control of organisations and institutions involved, increasingly revolve around the principles of good governance control and financial accountability. Government interference as well as European regulations have changed the non-profit sector. The concept profit has been given a different meaning due to the introduction of market forces.
The non-profit sector, due to its unique position, can have (legal) consequences for society. In addition to extensive legal knowledge on, for example, sector-specific topics such as governance, supervision and government intervention, it is also important for lawyers to have knowledge of the sector and its characteristics, so that the correct “tone of voice” is used for issues relating to, for example, labour law, liabilities and real estate.
We advise non-profit institutions, including non-profit associations and foundations as well as corporations and organisations in the healthcare sector. Our lawyers are well acquainted with the particulars of the non-profit sector and are up to date with current issues and changes.
Elzelou studied Dutch Law (cum laude) with a specialisation in Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Groningen. She worked at two large law firms in the Northern Netherlands and at an administrative research and consultancy agency for governments. In 2018, Elzelou specialized in Environmental Law (formerly spatial planning and environment) at the Grotius Academy in Nijmegen. She is a member of the Audit Committee of Midden-Drenthe. This committee checks the legality and efficiency of the administration conducted by the municipality. Lastly, she is a member/chairman of the Objection and Appeals Committee of the Province of Flevoland. This committee advises the Provincial Executive on the legality of decisions taken.