How to Start an NGO
Starting an NGO can be a very time-consuming process. It requires a strong vision and Dedication from an individual or group that share a common concern about a community. If initiated correctly in an organized and strategic way, the services implemented to benefit the Community can be very helpful and resourceful.1 The following presents ten steps, in general chronological order, that are useful in the formation of an NGO. This paper acts as a broad “how to” guideline and these issues may vary depending on each NGO. It is important to realize that these situations also vary from country to country, as each one has its own specific requirements and recommendations.
3. Seek Legal Expertise
Because there are many legal matters that an NGO must deal with in first starting up, it is
sometimes helpful to seek a lawyer. A lawyer can help with
• Registering the NGO
• Filing articles of incorporation7
• Filing reports
• Tax issues
• Securing licenses.
7. Register the Organization
After a name is chosen and the bylaws and articles are written, it is necessary to register or incorporate the organization within its local government. In most countries, there are specific people in governmental departments that work in registering an NGO and distributing the compulsory forms in which to do so. The documents to be submitted vary between countries, but in most cases information about the board members, mission statement, and staff members is required and the articles and/or bylaws are essential.
1. Establish Purpose/Vision/Goals before going further
The first essential step in starting an NGO is to determine the purpose of the organization. Do so with a clear and concise written statement that describes the charitable mission of the organization. The statement must be broad enough to reflect the values of the NGO and why it exists It is important to remember who the target community of the organization is and why it is important to reach out to this com