Why should you go for Registering an NGO?

Last Updated at: Dec 01, 2020
Why you should go for registering an NGO
Suhani Jalota, founder of the NGO Myna Mahila Foundation, has been nominated for the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award. The NGO works towards providing menstrual health products to women in Mumbai’s slums and creates livelihood opportunities for them. Twenty-six-year-old Jalota is the only Indian among the three finalists for this prize which celebrates young activists working towards ending extreme poverty, and awards USD 2,50,000 to support the winner’s organisation. 


Non-profit organizations or NGOs have long been in existence. The term NGO was first coined in 1950 by the United Nations. These have been formed to provide help and support to the underprivileged and those who suffer. Indeed, there are various objectives served by the NGOs. However, they work towards the betterment of society. In India, if you want to start an NGO, then you need to register them. In this article, we will be unfolding why you should register the NGO and what are the benefits of it.

Forming a Non-Governmental Organization

In India, if you want to start NGO, then you can register the same as:

  • Trust
  • Society
  • Section 8 Company

The requirement for registration of the same will vary, but it is mandatory to register the NGO to reap the privileges of the same.

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How to form an NGO?

Before you go ahead and form an NGO, it is important to understand what the pre-requisites are for an NGO.

Preparing the Documents

The first step is to prepare the documents that would be required at the time of NGO registration:

  1. Name of the organization
  2. Address
  3. Objective and mission of the NGO
  4. Details of the member s of the committee
  5. Information about human resource and staffing

What are the different laws governing the NGO registration?

If you are planning to register an NGO, then you must know about the different acts applicable to the same. However, it is important for you to know that there is no uniform law governing the NGOs, but if you register the NGO under Section 8 Company, it is governed by the Companies Act, 2013.

If you establish Trust, then it is managed as per the Public Trust Act, and the Society is governed by Societies Registration Act which is subject to State Amendment.

How to register an NGO in India?

We have already discussed what the pre-requisites are to form an NGO in India. Here is an illustration of the same:

  1. Company- If the NGO is registered under Section 8 of the Company’s Act 2013, its objective is to promote science, art, education, sports, and social welfare. A registered NGO under Section 8 Company cannot put limited at the end, and the profit earned is put back to promote the objective of the NGO.
  2. Society – An NGO can be registered as Society as per the Society Registration Act 1860. The process of registration is a bit tedious but is more effective in the long run. Section 20 of the Act illustrates that society includes military orphan fund, public museums, maintaining art galleries but, there must be well-defined powers and regulations.
  3. Trust –Another way of registering an NGO is in the form of Trust. Trust is a separate legal entity. While like Section 8 companies and societies, Trust is a separate legal entity. After completion of the documentation process, it takes around two days to 1 week to form the trust.

What are the benefits of registering an NGO in India?

One of the first things that you should know is that registering the NGO is a must. There are several benefits for an NGO once you register it formally. Here is a brief overview of the same:

  • An NGO gets the recognition of a separate legal entity
  • It gives legitimacy and credibility
  • Registration of NGO is a step towards applying for 12 AA with Income Tax Department
  • NGO registration also gives the leverage of tax exemptions and registration is important for application for 80G and FCRA
  • Registering as NGO gives you the credibility to approach prospective donors or institutions
  • It differentiates your NGO from the others
  • As an NGO, you also establish transparency and accountability
  • The government also gives land at a lesser rate for working
  • You have the right to bring expertise from outside to attach to your entity
  • You can collaborate with different stakeholders
  • It makes your NGO recognized in the eyes of people so that you can approach for donations and other help

How to register an NGO in India with Vakilsearch

Registering an NGO in India is quick, easy, and can be done online with Vakilsearch in 3 simple steps:

  1.   Right Entity Selection – We address all your queries pertaining to entity selection and guide you choose the most appropriate one.
  2.   Online Paperwork – We help you get the entire process of filing and registration completed.
  3.   Registration – We will register the NGO and handle all the formalities (Trust Act, Society Registrations Act or the Companies Act, depending on the entity chosen).

Bottom Line – As per the data in April 2015, there were a total of 42,000 NGOs with the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). However, you can start an NGO if you are planning to help the society and bring a transformation in it. To start an NGO, there is a need for huge commitment and self-motivated individuals. There is a greater need for NGOs in the society to form the establishment which can help the people when in need and spread information for their betterment.

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