How to start an NGO?
There are many questions arising about NGOs, and if anyone wants to know what to do, how to start, so here we discuss all the questions arising from the topic of how to start an NGO. So let’s start from the beginning. Basically, an NGO is a non-governmental organization. It is a voluntary group or institution with a social purpose that functions independently from the government. Through this article, we are providing complete information about how to start an NGO? Looking for its broad knowledge, you are in the correct place, here you are given whole information about it.
Facts to know before establishing an NGO in India.
Starting an NGO requires much more than money. It needs hard work, willpower and a genuine desire to support others. Moreover you have to work for the well-being of the society without expecting any profit. Here are a few steps that will help you in starting an NGO.
Decide the cause and mission of your NGO
The first step is to know the cause that your NGO will be supporting. It can be anything from women’s right, children welfare, saving the environment or any other cause. Make a clear statement of your mission reflecting the purpose it stands for, its aim, the target group and its objectives.
Set up the board of Directors/ members
It is clear that board of Directors and members will be responsible to govern the NGO. People should have spirit of charity and social welfare and strong willed people should be a part of the organization. Support of financial advisors, technicians and people with knowledge of legal procedures is also needed.
Decide the name of your NGO
Every organization has its name. Same is the case with an NGO. The name should reflect the idea that you have and cause as well. But it should not be similar to any other registered company or NGO, any government authority or any board of ministry.
Memorandum- Articles of incorporation/ Articles of association
Memorandum of understanding/By laws/ trust deed is legally required by every NGO in India. It includes the name and address of the NGO, mission and objectives, human resources and staffing information, rules and regulations, administrative laws and procedures. It is mandatory to mention the bylaws representing rules, regulations, and operation styles, working form, working area, responsibilities of the NGO and objectives of an NGO.
Get your NGO registered
When the documents are ready and the required fee gets submitted, you can get your NGO registered under any of these Acts-
Societies registration act– at least seven members are required to be the members in society.
Indian trusts act– minimum two people are required and there is no limit of maximum members in charitable trust.
Companies’ act– An organization can be registered under section 8 of the companies act for promoting art, commerce, religion, charity or any other useful thing.
It’s time to start collecting funds to run NGO when your NGO has registered. It can be done through external sources like grants in the form of governmental aid, private organizations or foreign sources or by internal sources like fees, donations, subscription charges.
Get in contact with various other NGOs, professionals, media houses, and government agencies and corporate. Get connected with the potential partners because the main source of survival and thriving of NGOs is mainly through partnerships.
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