NGOs are legally established organizations which are generally considered to be non-profit oriented groups whose ultimate purpose is to work for public interest towards the welfare of the public, child education, a social agenda, care of environment, wildlife, etc and they work independently from the Government. Generally, the activities of NGO’s are to promote the interests of the poor, protect the environment, provide basic social services, or undertake community development and to promote the art, culture and science in India. The full form of NGO is Non-Governmental Organization, NGO’s are also referred to as Non-Profit Organizations (NPO’s) sometimes
Requirement for NGO Registration
Types of NGO Registrations in India:
In India if a person wants to establish an NGO can go for these 3 types of registration:
Indian Trust Act, 1882 governs the procedure of registration and maintaining the trust in India although various states also enacted their own trust acts. Minimum members required for registration of Trust is 3 members. Further, the instrument by which this entire trust is created is called the “trust deed”.
Trust as an NGO in India can be registered as:
Private trust is basically a financial vehicle that transfers property from its owner to a trust for the lawful purpose. The property doesn’t just mean real estate. It could be cash, shares or any other valuable asset.
Public trust is set up as per the applicable Act and works in the field of healthcare, education, support of the underprivileged and for charitable purposes.
Documents Required for Trust Registration in Rajasthan
Society NGO is incorporated under the Society Registration Act, 1860. Societies are formed to serve society and not to earn profits. A minimum number of 7 persons who are above 18 years of age can form a society or an association. There is no such limit for maximum number of persons. The States have defined their own act for formation of societies and their scope of area of work is restricted to the State in which it is registered.
The main objective of society registration are as follows:
Documents Required for Society Registration in Rajasthan
Section -8 Company (Foundation)
In India, Section-8 Company is regulated by the Indian Companies Act, 2013 and is administered by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.
The Section 8 Company means a Company formed with an object to promote commerce, art, science, sports, research, education, religion, protection of environment, charity or any other object, who intends to apply their income and profits in promoting their objects and prohibits the payment of dividend to its members.
This type of NGO is favorable for those who want to work on PAN India Basis and on a greater scale. Minimum members required to incorporate Section-8 Foundation is 2 members.
Documents Required for Section-8 Foundation
Comparison between Trust, Society and Section-8 Foundation
State in which it is Registered
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FAQs on NGO Registration
Depending on the type of work and the area of operations, you should choose the type of NGO. It is better to consult any professional to understand the concepts.
First, you need to choose between Trust, Society and Section-8 Foundation. Depending upon the entity chosen, choose the name of your Organisation and collect the documents required. Contact NGO Registration Consultant and proceed with the registration.
Section 80G and 12A Registrations are required by an NGO for claiming tax benefits and can be applied soon after registration as provisional and final can be applied once you start the operations. For more information read our complete guide.
Yes, the Government employees or officers can become part of NGOs.
The minimum numbers of members required to form an NGO are:
Trust : 3 members
Society: 7 members
Section-8 Foundation : 2 members