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Required documents for registration of an NGO as a charitable trust

The following are the documents:
  • Electricity/Water bill as address proof
  • Identity proof of two members (minimum) of the company:
  • Voter ID
  • Driving License
  • Passport
  • Aadhaar Card
When it comes to a charitable trust at least two people are required, however, there is no limit to the maximum number of members. In Maharashtra, a Trust and Society can be registered under the Maharashtra Public Trust Act. A society, however, can be registered under the Societies Registration Act. In a society at least seven members are required.

Documents required for registration of an NGO as a society

The following documents are required:
  • The name of the society 
  • Address proof of the office 
  • Identity proof of the members which can be any of the following:
    • Driving license
    • Aadhar card
    • Passport copy
    • Voter ID
  • Two copies of the ‘memorandum of association’ and ‘By Laws’ of the society.
An NGO is a group or an organization of individuals, volunteers, social activists and citizens working for the betterment and upliftment of socio-economically and politically weaker sections of the community. NGO’s are not owned by anyone and cannot distribute profits through the dividends as such. Whatever profits they may earn from economic activities are reinvested or spent on further non-profit activities.

What are the types of NGO’s?

There are mainly two broad groups of NGOs which are identified by the world bank:
  • Operational NGO’s: These NGO’s are identified by the World Bank.
  • Advocacy NGO’s: These are the NGO’s which are organized to promote particular causes.
All the NGO’s are mainly categorized into the above two groups. Below are a few of the types of NGO’s:
  • ENGO – Environmental NGO
  • BINGO – Business Friendly International NGO
  • GONGO – Government Organized NGO
  • QUANGO – Quasi-Autonomous NGO
  • INGO – International NGO

Is registration of NGO required?

As such an NGO need not register itself to perform charitable welfare or developmental activities but there are certain activities which can only be carried if the NGO is registered for example fundraising.   

Advantages of registering an NGO

They are as follows:
  • Being registered brings credibility to the NGO
  • Registration adds more exposure to the organization 
  • Registration also enhances and widens the scope of bringing in resources, both financial and manual.
  • Registration is compulsory to make an NGO a legal entity

Charges Applicable for the purposes of registering an NGO

The charges for registration of an NGO as per the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE) is as follows:
For Urban areas Rs 2000
For rural areas Rs 1000

Types of NGO Registration in India

In India, an NGO can be registered in three different ways they are as below:
  • As a Charitable Trust by virtue of Indian Trusts Act, 1882 
  • As a Society by virtue of Societies Registration Act, 1860
  • As a section 8 company under the Indian Companies Act 2013.

How does Taxolawgy help you register your NGO?

  • Provides free consultation by our team of experts.
  • Connects with highly qualified lawyers, who:
    • Help you do the work for you so you don’t face any hassles
    • Solve all your queries
    • Help you submit the correct paperwork.