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Starting a Nonprofit or Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
(or starting a foundation, a charity, a community-based organization, etc.)

The laws and procedures for starting a nonprofit organization, a non-governmental organization (NGO), a charity or a foundation vary from country to country. The laws and procedures are never exactly the same.

Later on this page is a list of web sites for various countries regarding how to start a nonprofit organization, NGO, etc.

If your country is not listed

No matter what country you want to register in, before you file any paperwork, you first need a business plan, in writing:

After you have written this business plan, you recruit a board of directors -- people over 18 who are willing to be fiscally and legally responsible for your organization, willing to provide some of the start up costs (even a token amount), and willing to put their reputations on the line to say this organization should exist. Then you file your official paperwork with the correct government body. Also, open a bank account in the name of your nonprofit business.




England and Wales






South Africa

No matter what country you are in:  
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