How to Create an NGO

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If you're filled with the desire to make a contribution to society and want to do something to better the lives of others troubled by poverty, disease, lack of education or any other social problem, there is a practical way to channel your efforts. Get together with like-minded people and establish a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

Speak to people who are passionate about the same social causes as you. Find out if they are willing to join hands with you to create an NGO. Make a list of such persons and write down the amount of time each one can commit to working for the organization. Also note the area of expertise that each member brings to the NGO.

Hold a meeting to identify and finalize the purpose of your organization. Define the social problems you plan to target. Keep your target community in mind and prepare a written statement describing the vision and mission of your NGO.

Hire a lawyer who specializes in the registration of organizations to help with the legal aspects of establishing the NGO. As the person who mooted the idea, you will be the Founder and the other people you recruit become the Board of Directors.

Select a name for your NGO and design a logo, if you desire. Search your local government database of organizational names and logos to ensure it is not already taken.

Check your state government's guidelines and write the articles of incorporation to give a legal description of the NGO. Have this approved by the Board. Draft the bylaws to specify how you plan to administer the NGO and set out rules to handle disputes that may arise. Get these approved by the Board.

Complete the formalities to register your NGO in keeping with your lawyer's guidelines. Submit all necessary documents , including your mission statement, details of board members and staff members as well as the articles of incorporation and bylaws.

Conduct an initial meeting of the Board of Directors after completion of the registration process to officially accept the bylaws. Discuss the positions to be occupied by members and designate committees to handle specific responsibilities. Focus on setting up a credible and transparent accounting system because the financial transactions of NGOs are generally subject to close scrutiny.

Put together a fundraising plan to raise funds for your activities. Outline how you will approach individuals, corporate and community foundations, businesses and religious groups for contributions.


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