Updated on October 29, 2022 05:57:42 PM
Establishing a Non-Government Organization (NGO) helps you work for the betterment and improvement of society. To register an NGO, you need to understand what they are, how they work, and the registration requirements. There are three forms of NGO - Section 8 company, Society and Trust.
In effect from April 1, 2021, all NGOs need to file Form CSR-1 to register with Central Government to get CSR funding. Furthermore, FCRA registration is required if the NGO is seeking funds from foreign sources.
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A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a non-profit organization established by a group of natural persons for charitable and social purposes. The NGO's objective is to promote non-profit objectives such as commerce, art, science, sports, education, research, social welfare, religion, charity, protection of the environment and other charitable purposes. An NGO intends to apply all its profits in promoting such objectives. There are three types of NGO that we are going to cover in more detail.
There are three types of NGO registration, and each of them are governed by different laws:
Section 8 company is the most popular form of NGO registration and has more credibility among donors, government and other stakeholders. It has more benefits than traditional charitable institutions and is registered under the Companies Act, 2013. The main objective of Section 8 company is to promote arts, sports, commerce, science, religion, social welfare, charity and environmental protection. Section 8 company can be registered both as a private limited company or a public limited company.
Trust, also known as Charitable Trust, is a non-profit organization registered under the Trust Act of 1882. Trust is incorporated as a legal entity where the owner or “trustor” transfers his assets to the second party or “trustee” for the benefit of the third party or “beneficiary”. There are two types of trust - Public Trust and Private Trust. Public Trust is created to provide benefit to the general public, and Private Trust is created to benefit a particular group of individuals.
Society is a form of non-governmental organization created by a group of individuals united for a common non-profit objective of a charitable cause. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. All the entity members come together and work towards promoting charitable activities like education, art, science, religion, sport, etc.
Note: It should be ensured that the company name does not resemble the name of any other already registered company and also does not violate the provisions of emblems and names (Prevention of Improper Use Act, 1950). You can quickly check the name availability by using our company name search tool to verify the same.
Post incorporation of Section 8 company, you’ll receive the following documents:
Post incorporation of Trust, you’ll receive the following documents:
Post incorporation of Society, you’ll receive the following documents:
|NGO Type||Total Fees|
|Section 8 Company||₹4,999*|
*Important Note: The total cost of registering a company varies from state to state. Refer to the map for state-wise prices.
Working towards the betterment and improvement of society without any profit motive is an excellent service to the world. To do that legally, establishing an NGO is very important to get various benefits like donations from prominent foundations, tax exemptions, etc.
Choosing the suitable form of NGO is equally crucial as it is a one time work but would benefit the organization in the long-term. We at Professional Utilities offer free expert consultation to help you choose the right kind of non-profit organization as per your requirements. Get in touch with our professional team to decide which form of non-governmental organization is most suitable for your company’s goals.
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First, you need to decide which type of NGO you want to establish. Secondly, you need to arrange & provide proper identity & address proof of directors, members, and professionals' declaration (CA, CS, etc.).
NGO can be incorporated at a valid address for the office. You need to provide address proof like a utility bill or the latest bank statement. No objection certificate is required from the owner of the property.
It depends on the type of NGO and the number of people registered as members.
Name of a Section 8 Company (NGO) should not include the words Private Limited (Pvt. Ltd.) or Limited (Ltd.) at the end of its name. The proposed name of a Section 8 Company shall include either of the words - Foundation / Forum / Association / Federation / Chambers / Confederation / Council / Electoral Trust as per Rule 8A(1)(u) of Companies (Incorporation) Fifth Amendment Rules, 2019.
NGO workers are paid by salary or honorarium.
No, a single person cannot start an NGO. Minimum two people are required for Section 8 company incorporation, and at least three people are required for Trust and Society registration.