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Kulish provides legal expertise and a 'Helping Hand'

Toronto lawyer Taras Kulish has a passion for international humanitarian work, which he says helps him better assist his charity and not-for-profit clients.

Kulish is the volunteer International Relations Officer of the Canadian branch of HOPE worldwide, an international charity with special consultative status with the United Nations.

He tells AdvocateDaily.com his hands-on experience participating in and developing innovative programs and events to assist the less fortunate in countries such as Haiti, Nepal, Ivory Coast and India gives him a unique perspective.

In May 2015, he created and developed a fundraising project called “Helping Hand for Ukraine,” which aims to collect and deliver humanitarian aid to internally displaced persons from Eastern Ukraine and to provide psychological assistance to children, traumatized by the war in Eastern Ukraine and their families.

Kulish, a senior associate with Steinberg Title Hope & Israel LLP who also practises in the areas of corporate-commercial and intellectual property law, says he’s a charity/not-for-profit practitioner who has hands-on experience.

“I roll up my sleeves and I’m able to bring that expertise to my clients, for example, in international service agreements, and project designations and budgets for foreign transfers,” he says. “I’m able to explain it to them in a concrete way because I’ve done it myself.”

Some of Kulish's clients include the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Moses & St. Katherine, the Christian Youth Channel, Alkarma TV, St. Matthew Coptic Orthodox Christian Charity and the Islamic Society of Markham. He is also a founding member of the recently revived Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association.

Called to the Ontario, Quebec and New York bars, Kulish was profiled in the Ukrainian-Canadian publication Razom for his dedication not only to Ukraine but to other nations affected by natural disasters and civil war.    

“In my life, I have been given so much,” he says in the article. “I have a moral duty to serve those who are less fortunate. My motto is: ‘There but for the grace of God, go I.'"

To speak with Kulish about charity law issues, contact him at tkulish@sthilaw.com

To learn more about the Helping Hand for Ukraine project of HOPE worldwide of Canada and to see how you or your organization can partner and contribute to this important humanitarian initiative, contact: taras.kulish@hopewwcanada.org

 

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