NGO Matters: A practical legal guide to starting up

Product Attributes

  • Soft Cover
  • 9781485120056
  • 1st Edition
  • 152 pages
  • 2017


Copley, N

2017 - 1st Edition

R 301.00

About this Publication:

When starting up an NGO the proper legal structure and registration of an organisation are fundamental to its credibility and survival. NGO Matters: A practical legal guide to starting up is a practical, systematic guide which provides founders, board members, donors, and advisors to NGOs with critical information on structures and registrations, explains key concepts and dispels some myths along the way. It also includes extracts from relevant legislation and forms, in one useful volume.

Endorsed by Richard Rosenthal, a well-known legal advisor in the NGO sphere, this book will prove to be of great value not only to the “lay reader”, but also to the professional lawyer or accountant who seeks to advise and assist clients on an area of the law with which all too few are familiar.

Contents Include:

  • Common NGO acronyms
  • Table: Legislation referred to
  • What is an NGO?
  • Should I start an NGO?
  • How do I build a legal ‘home’ for my NGO?
  • What are the legal structures available for an NGO?
  • What is a voluntary association?
  • What is a trust?
  • What is an NPC?
  • The differences between legal structures
  • What is NPO registration?
  • Why be tax exempt?
  • So how do I get started - step by step
  • Table: Requirements for NPO registration for the three entities
  • Resources
    • Applicable legislation
      • Non-profit Organisations Act 71 of 1997
      • Trust Property Control Act 57 of 1988
      • Companies Act 71 of 2008
        • Section 1 definitions of Memorandum of Incorporation and non-profit company 
        • Section 19
        • Schedule 1
      • Income Tax Act 58 of 1962
        • Section 10(1)(cN)
        • Section 10(1)(cO)
        • Section 10(1)(cQ)
        • Section 10(1)(d)
        • Section 30
        • Section 30A
        • Section 30B
        • Section 30C
        • Section 18A
  • Useful forms

Of Interest and Benefit to:

  • NGOs
  • Individuals who are setting up a new NGO
  • Companies running CSO funds and projects
  • Lawyers and accountants who work with NGOs
  • Universities and business schools running courses in NPO management
  • Government officials who deal with NGOs