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How to start a NGO in India

Updated on March 14, 2014

NGO Registration

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What is NGO (Non Governmental Organization)

Literally NGO means Non Governmental Organization but in practical use the NGO is used for a charitable organization. Sometimes NGOs are also referred as NPO (Not for Profit Organization)


How to start a NGO (Non Governmental Organization)

To start the NGO (Non Governmental Organization) the first step is to get the registration of organization as a charitable organization. The registration can be done under many statutory provisions, such as Society Registration Act, Indian Trust Act, Indian Registration Act, Indian Companies Act.

The most common form of NGO (Non Governmental Organization) is the NGO (Non Governmental Organization) as the Charitable Society or the Charitable Trust. I will discuss the difference in my next ‘Hub’.

NGO Registration

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Registration Process


First step toward registration of any NGO (Non Governmental Organization) is the selection of a name. There are some restrictions about using certain words in the name. In short you can not and should not have the name similar to or same as the other (Non Governmental Organization). If you are registering the NGO (Non Governmental Organization) under Society Registration Act, the name should not contain words like Police, Bureau, Authority, Board, and Government etc.

Second step is to functional area of NGO (Non Governmental Organization). It can be limited to one state or whole India. To register the NGO (Non Governmental Organization) at national level there is additional requirement to have eight desired persons form eight different members.

Third step is to draft the necessary documents. To register the NGO (Non Governmental Organization) under Society Registration Act you need many documents such as Aims and Objects, Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association. You also need one affidavit form the proposed president of NGO (Non Governmental Organization) and one NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the landlord/owner of the office address of NGO (Non Governmental Organization). You can download the necessary documents for Society Registration form for small fee.

If you are registering your NGO (Non Governmental Organization) as the charitable trust, all you need is the 'Charitable Trust Deed’. With trust you don't need to have members form eight states for all India level. You can download the necessary documents from above link for small fee.

Fourth Step is to collect the ID proof of all members. Get the copy of Identification proof such as Voter ID card, Driver License, Passport, and Government ID etc of all the members involved in the formation of (Non Governmental Organization). All the copy of Identification proof shall be attested in order to be used. Attestation by Notary Public or Oath Commissioner would work.

Last step is to submit the complete set of documents with duplicate to the concerned authority. The concerned authority for the registration of NGO (Non Governmental Organization) depends on the nature of your NGO (Non Governmental Organization) and the geographical location of the NGO (Non Governmental Organization) office. Generally the NGO (Non Governmental Organization) as Society can be registered at the ‘Office of the Registrar of Societies’ and as Trust the registration can be done at the ‘Office of Collectorate’ of your district. If you want you can comment here for the Registration of (Non Governmental Organization).

Start working as the NGO (Non Governmental Organization)

After the registration the NGO (Non Governmental Organization) can apply for many government funds and projects. The first you need to do is to open a bank account in the NGO’s name. After that you need to prepare a two page profile of your NGO for application purposes.

When you are done with these two requirements, then you can start searching for the private or government projects for funding. It is hard to get the ‘First’ project but not impossible.

For more information you can always write to us at support{@}alliedlegalonline.com , we are there to help your (Non Governmental Organization).

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      kalyansrinivas 17 months ago

      Providing Nice information, we are already started Sri Sai oral health care foundation is committed to eradicate flourosis from the rural and urban India. Founded by a dentist Mr. Narayana from Hyderabad, the organization so far has adopted 13 villages across the states of Andhra and Telangana and was committed to help flourosis patients in rural India, promote oral hygine, improve the living standards, promote education, encourage women empowerment and motivate unemployed youth by providing them necessary training to improve their skillets.

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      Yajvendra singh 2 years ago

      Sir,

      I want to register an NGO but no nothing about the projects. I am from rajasthan and i want to register an NGO related to education sector specially to the govt. school students for developing english both academic and spoken as well as soft skills, personality development and computer education in rural area of rajasthan.

      to attach the students with the latest trends and keep them in touch with the upcoming years planning related to their career and what is best for their future. so please provide me some advice or information regarding this i will be very thankful to you.

      thank you.

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      Manju basu 2 years ago

      Hi, very soon I am also interested in starting a wonderful journey with my area children ,where they are not only interested in various shows for not only entertaining public but somehow to heal their heart in different social issues in a very touching way, via dramas ,dances, films. ......various ways,they are hard workers & also interested in doing something for the society.so,I'm trying for NGO

      :-)

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      sandeep 2 years ago

      i have an idea about new concept for ngo. interested persons or group drop mail at sandeep.wale99@gmail.com

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      abhay 2 years ago

      I have a ngo last 14 years old but we can't start any work on that we have wantt to start up new work please advice.

      abhaypande2003@yahoo.co.in

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      anamika 3 years ago

      what legal documents require for an online NGOs website

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      manish dutta 3 years ago

      I am very keen to work for a NGO. If anyone is having project in Madhya Pradesh. I would like to join them. Regards

      Mail I'd = manishd21@yahoo.com

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      amit 3 years ago

      Also have charitable trust in lucknow ,total kidney care foundation,for poor dialysis patients

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      krishna 3 years ago

      hi my name is krishna neerati i am doing Road marking work (krishnaneerati95@gmail.com ...i want know that that who i register the Charitable Society or the Charitable Trust but i didn't start any work on that but now i want to start some work please advice me how ca n i start work with less money

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      sanjay kumar 3 years ago

      i want to start a n g o but how,please help......at......sanjaythakur8750@gmail.com...

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      shivam shukla 3 years ago

      i want know that i have an ngo last 3 years but i didn't start any work on that but now i want to start some work please advise me how can i start work with less money ...........

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      certificate 3 years ago

      Thank you very much. Your posting is very great.

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      SURESHVASTRAKAR 3 years ago

      I PLANNED TO REGISTER AN NGO BUT DON'T KNOW HOW TO REGISTER IT AND WHERE TO CONTACT IN ODISHA ROURKELA PLEASE HELP ANY ONE

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      Helping Hand NGO Team 4 years ago

      We are a NGO in Odisha, and working on environment resource management, education awareness, etc like noble causes. You can visit our website:

      http://thehelpinghand.co.in/

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      DR NAMPURKAR 4 years ago

      hello, m dr c r nampurkar, ngo-- anusaya nashik, maharashtra..

      kindly provide me assistance regarding registration of all india level trust..and also with regards to finacial assistance under FCRA

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      Sagar Khawas 5 years ago

      Thanks for your information, we have recently started an NGO in a small village Darjeeling which is devoted to aforestation, biodiversity, improving lives of poor tribal people of local area....Currently we are working small projects like tree plantation, educating people of dangers of deforestation etc but these are done without any outside funding..we r looking for more bigger projects and funding from external sources...can any one help us please..my email id is sagar.khawas@gmail.com