In brief: ELF awarded charitable status

The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) has been granted charitable status by the Charities Commission. The foundation had been seeking charitable status since its 1992 launch and says it will greatly enhance its fund-raising ability. ELF chair, Ross & Craig consultant Martin Polden, says: “This is extremely important to ELF as part of its fundraising strategy and potential. It also demonstrates our value to community action groups.” ELF, a national network of lawyers, environmentalists and scientists, has handled more than 400 cases to date.