NGOs are non-governmental organizations that engage in a variety of welfare activities to uplift underprivileged people and society at large. It is common for NGOs to function without government assistance, but they sometimes work closely with the government on specific projects.
NGO’s are open to anyone with a desire to serve society. However, starting one requires a little more effort. An NGO must have funds, hard work, determination, and passion to contribute to society without expecting commercial gains.
NGOs in India work for the following causes:
- Empowerment of women
- Human rights protection
- Conservation of the environment
- Conservation of wildlife
- The poverty rate
- Education for children
- Sexual harassment prevention
- Taking care of the elderly
- Impoverished people’s access to healthcare and mental health
- Controlling diseases, etc.
Here are some things to consider before registering your NGO.
Determine the cause:
The above-mentioned causes are just a few, and there are many other non-governmental organizations working towards major development in the country. For example, social welfare activists have been recycling old materials in a north Indian state as a potential source for enhancing the rural infrastructure. Women are empowered to build bamboo ridges, irrigation canals, wells, drainage systems, and more. Organize the idea, goals, target group, etc., into a well-structured plan.
Become familiar with the legal requirements for starting an NGO:
An NGO registration as a legal entity in three ways – as a trust, as a society, or as a company under section 8 of the Indian Companies Act 1956. There are differences in registration, formation, and management of all three entities, and it is essential to choose the entity that is most suitable for your needs.
Whenever a property owner transfers property and offers its benefits to others for their well-being or for the benefit of the public, a trust is formed. The main purpose of registering a trust in India is to use the assets of the trust for the benefit of the public at large and to promote a charitable cause. Forming a trust takes about two days to one week.
There are two types of documents that make up a Society: the Memorandum of Association (MoA) and the Rules and Regulations or bylaws. At any given time, it has the authority to alter its Memorandum of Agreement and its objectives. Annually, any changes must be reported to the Registrar. There is the possibility of merging a Society with another one working for a similar cause. Registrating a society takes one to two months.
Section 8 Company:
Similar to a Trust or Society, a Section 8 Company must be registered with the Registrar of Companies under the Central Government. The process is similar to that of forming a public limited company or a private limited company. Section 8 companies are required to file their annual compliance reports within three to six months of starting operations.
Register NGO online:
For online registration of Trust, An essential document is a water bill or an electricity bill that states the address which needs to be registered, as well as an ID proof like a driver’s license, passport, or Aadhar card. With the help of professionals, online registration takes about 8 to 10 days.
To register a Society, The MoA and two copies of valid ID proof, such as a Voter ID, driving license, passport, and Aadhar card. It usually takes around eight to ten days to draft the MoA and Bylaws of the Society with the help of professional service providers. The registration of the Society takes between 21 and 30 days after that.
For registration of Section 8 Company, In order to register the Section 8, the Company’s name must be approved, a water or electricity bill must specify the address, ID proofs, and the Memorandum and Articles of Association must be approved. The Society’s Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association are drafted within eight to ten days. By seeking professional assistance, the entire Company registration takes about 2 months.