Any of the following can be used to register a non-profit organization, including the way provided below.
Become a society by registering
An association of at least seven or more members for a non-profit purpose is called a society. Societies are formed and registered primarily to advance or promote religious, scientific, or charitable causes. According to the Society Registration Act 1860, such societies are required to register and abide by the rules and regulations that govern them.
In Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the applicant must follow these steps to register a NGO as a society:
Choosing a desirable name for the society that shouldn’t be-
- Identical or too nearly similar to the name of any existing society registered under the Society Act;
- Indicate any patronage or direct relationship with any State Government or the Tamil Nadu Central Government;
- In accordance with the Emblem and Names Act of 1950, any name prohibited or restricted from being used as a legal entity name.
Submission of documents for registration in Chennai, Tamil Nadu – Step 2
In addition, the applicant society shall be required to gather all necessary documents and draft a memorandum & articles of association defining its goals and objectives, as well as the applicable rules and regulations that the society must abide by until it is disbanded. The documents prepared and collected must be submitted with the applicable fee, together with the registration proposal, to the Registrar of Societies in the jurisdiction where the society is proposed to be located.
The third step is to verify and grant registration to the NGO in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
When the Registrar of Societies is satisfied that all the requirements have been met, he can issue a Certificate of Registration of Society with a unique NGO Registration number.
Become a trust by registering
As per the provisions of the Indian Trust Act, a trust is an obligation placed by the owner of the property on a third person for the benefit or to his or his welfare or for the welfare of the beneficiary, which is expressed in a legal document known as a trust deed. In most cases, a trust is a public trust established as a non-profit organization for charitable, social, or religious purposes. It can be private or public in nature.
The following steps must be followed if the proposed NGO wishes to become a trust:
Obtaining and preparing documents
An individual who wishes to establish a “public trust” is called an “author of trust” and must submit the application along with any required documents and fees to the registering authority where the office will be located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
An application must include the following:
- NGO name proposed;
- The name and mode of succession of the trust author;
- Draft of trust deed containing the intention of the settlor and its objectives for the creation of a public trust.
- In the State where the trust is proposed to be located, a stamp duty fee and trust registration fee will be applicable.