A step-by-step guideline to NGO Registration process
Many of us with human bent of mind have always wanted to help the humanity at large. When we have a cause, which is close to our heart, we must look at giving it a definitive shape. One of the ways of doing it can be forming an Organization, which is our own and give it a foundation upon which the structure of a cause can be built, thereby helping the larger humanity.
There are many NGOs functioning in the area of social sector and development. So why should one open there own NGO and not just volunteer into an existing one. Well, to each their own. One needs to primarily under stand that even though the task of starting an NGO is a cumbersome task, nonetheless, it is fulfilling when your idea of helping others is fulfilled through it. A charitable person should make an endeavor towards greater good of mankind. A person with profit making bent of mind should avoid forming an NGO.
Following steps are paramount:
- Identify and understand the purpose and cause: One needs to bear in their mind the vision and the mission of forming the NGO or a charitable venture.
- Identify like minded people: It is one of the most important task as only like minded people can come together and form the governing body of the NGO.
- Allocate task for each member: It is pertinent that once the governing body is ready, task allocation should take place whereby strategy formulation, planning, resource allocation, fund raising, human resources and other activities should be assigned to these members.
- Prepare Documentation: One must be ready with documents such as Trust Deed or Memorandum of Understanding or By-Laws and may solicit services of lawyer to formulate one.
- Decide upon the kind of Charitable Organization you would want to make:
- Registration under Indian Trust Act
- Registration under Companies Act
- Registration under Societies Act
- Arranging for Funds: Fund sourcing and Fund management are two of the most important issues. This is the basis upon which the work will be done.
- Making a website: It is pertinent that your Charitable Organization should have social media presence because then only you will be able to gather visibility.
Author is an Advocate-on-Record in Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and is a Co-Founder of NGO Express. For more legal information or legal queries, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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