Resources for Non for Profit Organizations in South Africa
Below is a list of documents typically needed by an organization, church or ministry that wants to register itself, and its services as a non-profit organization in South Africa. The documents can be downloaded in pdf format.
What is an NPO?
A Nonprofit Organisation is defined as a trust, company or other association of persons:-
- Established for a public purpose, and
- The income and property of which are not distributable to its members or office
bearers accept as reasonable compensation for services rendered.
Who can apply as an NPO?
Any organization that is not for profit and is not part of government can apply for
registration; that is:
- Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO)
- Community-Based Organisations (CBO)
- Faith Based Organisations (FBO)
- Organizations that have registered as Section 21 Companies under the Company Act
61 of 1973.
- Trusts that have registered with Master of the Supreme Court under the Trust
Property Control Act 57 of 1988.
- Any other Voluntary Association that is not-for-profit
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits to be gained from a system of registering nonprofit organizations. It:
- Improve the credibility of the sector because NPO’s can account to a public office.
- Brings organizations into a formal system.
- Help the sector to get organized.
- Help in finding ways of getting benefits like tax incentives and funding opportunities.