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NGO Consultancy

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) as the term suggests, these organisations operates independent from the Government. It is a legally constituted Organisation created by natural and legal persons primarily registered for charitable or non-profit purposes, their mandate is to promote the public interest and serve the public good. NGOs are engaged in public services based on social, religious, spiritual, cultural, economic, ethical, etc. considerations. NGO’s are formed with defined aimed and objectives and intends to apply its profits, if any or other income in promoting its objects. In India, NGO’s can be registered as follows: -

Ministry Of Culture:-


Section 8 Company:
A Company incorporated under provisions of section 8 of Companies Act, 2013 with the objective of promoting commerce, art, science, sports, education, research, social welfare, religion, charity, protection of environment or any such other objects, provided that the profits, if any, or other income are applied only for promoting the objectives of the Company and such Company intends to prohibit payment of any dividend to its members;

Important Points In Connection With Section 8 Company:

  • A Partnership Firm may be a member of the Section 8 Company;
  • A Section 8 Company cannot alter its Memorandum of Association/ Articles of Association except with the previous approval of Central Government;
  • A Section 8 Company shall amalgamate only with another section 8 Company having similar objects;
  • The Company is registered without paying any stamp duty on its MOA and AOA.

Trust: A Trust is a relationship in which a person or entity holds a valid legal title to a certain property which is known as the Trust property. The Trust is bound by a fiduciary duty to exercise that legal title for the benefit of Beneficiaries. The trust shall be governed by the terms of written trust agreement.

There are generally two types of trust in India:

Private trusts – Private trusts are regulated by the Indian Trusts Act, 1882

Public trusts - Public trusts are classified as Charitable and religious trusts.

The relevant legislations for the recognition and enforceability of public trusts are:

  • The Charitable and Religious Trust Act, 1920,
  • the Religious Endowments Act, 1863,
  • the Charitable Endowments Act, 1890,
  • the Societies Registration Act, 1860,
  • the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950,
  • Trusts can also be used as a vehicle for investments, such as venture capital funds and mutual funds. Such type of trusts is governed by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Society: A Society is association of persons coming together by their mutual consent to determine, deliberate and act jointly for a common purpose, societies are usually registered for promotion of charitable activities like education, art, religion, music, sports, culture, etc

  • Governing Laws for Registration of NGO’s in India:
  • Section 8 of Companies Act 2013;
  • State Trusts Act and Indian Trust Act, 1882;
  • Societies Registration Act, 1860;

Documents Required for NGO Consultancy

For Registration of Section 8 Company:

  • Proof of Office Address of the registered office along with NOC (Conveyance / Lease deed/ Rent Agreement etc. along with rent receipts) and Copy of utility bills (not older than 2 months)
  • Identity Proof:- (Voters Identity Card/ Passport/ Driving License.);
  • Address Proof: - (Bank Statement / Electricity Bill/ Telephone bill/ Mobile bill) and PAN Card of First Director and Subscribers not having valid DIN;
  • Estimated Future Income and Expenditure of the Company for next three years specifying the sources of Income and Objects of Expenditure;
  • A declaration by Practicing Chartered Accountant/ Company Secretary/Cost Accountant/ Advocate in Form INC-14 stating that MOA & AOA have been drawn up in conformity with Section 8 and requirements of Act and Rules relating to registration of section 8 Company has been complied with;
  • Declaration by each of the person making application; Such declaration shall be in Form INC-15.
  • Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA).
  • DIR-2 (Consent to Act as Director) & Disclosure of Interest in other entities

Documents required for Agile Pro:

The list of documents vary as per terms of requirement of Government of Funding Agency, however the general list of documents is enlisted below:

  • Identity Proof and Address Proof of Authorised Signatory for opening of Bank Account;
  • Specimen Signature for EPFO of Directors
  • Passport Size Photographs of First Directors.

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For Registration of Trust:

  • Trust Deed (One Original and one photocopy); (The photocopy of deed should also contain signature of settlor on all pages)
  • Proof of identity of the settler (Aadhaar card, passport, voter ID, driving license or any such photo ID) [Self attested];
  • Proof of identity of each trustee (Aadhaar card, passport, voter ID, driving license or any such photo ID) [Self attested];
  • Passport size photographs of Settler and Trustees ;
  • Proof of the registered office address of the Trust (Water bill/ Electricity Bill or registration certificate);
  • Non Objection letter signed by the landowner;

At the time of registration, the settlor and witnesses must be personally present with their identity proof in original. To know more in detail about Trust Registration, click here.

For Registration of Society:

  • Covering Letter mentioning the objective/ purpose for which the society is being formed signed by all the founding members of the society;
  • PAN Card and Residence Proof (Bank Statement/ Aadhaar Card/ Utility Bill/ Driving License/ Passport) of all the members of the proposed society;
  • Proof of registered office address of the society along with a NOC from the landlord if any has to be attached;
  • Certified and duplicate copy of Memorandum of Association & Bye Laws signed by all establishing members;
  • List of all the members containing their name, occupation and address of governing body along with their signatures;
  • Declaration by the President of the proposed society that he is willing and competent to hold the said post; and A sworn affidavit from the President or Secretary, declaring the relationship between the subscribers.
  • Minutes of the meeting (general body meeting conducted to set the rules and regulations of the society).

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Features and Benefits of NGO Consultancy

Section 8 Company:

  • Various Exemptions under Companies Act, 2013;
  • Numerous Tax Exemptions;
  • No Stamp Duty payable for Registration;
  • Not required to add suffix “Limited” or “Private Limited” after its name;
  • Separate Legal Entity, Perpetual Succession and Limited Liability;
  • No Minimum Capital Requirement;
  • More Recognition, thus benefits in getting more donations from Public for promotion of its objects, etc.


  • Separate Legal Status;
  • Easy Management;
  • Numerous Tax Exemption;
  • Long- Run Organisation;
  • Statutory Rights; and
  • Option to amalgamate/ merge with other Public Charitable Trusts having similar objects subject to certain compliances etc.


  • Registration and Formation Process is simple;
  • Compliance Cost is low;
  • Regulatory Interference is less;
  • Minimum Record- Keeping Requirements;
  • Compliance with Regulations is easy;
  • Tax Exemptions due to charitable nature of operations;

Role Of Compliance Calendar Llp: -

NGO’s play a significant role in development of community, state as well as nation. The role of NGO’s has gained a wider prominence; their object is benefiting the society at large. Compliance Calendar LLP consists of team of well experienced NGO Professionals who will help you in Formation and Registration of NGO. It is important to choose the right type of NGO, as there exists a separate law for registering different kinds of Organisation. Our Team will help you to choose the suitable option for registration of NGO depending upon the objective, purpose and need of forming an NGO. We will not only help you in Formation and Registration of NGO but also to run, manage and achieve targeted goals by providing services such as Project Implementation, Fund Raising, Complying with Statutory requirements, Work Recognition, etc. If you need consultation in running your NGO, you are welcome to connect with us at | 9988424211.

Frequently Asked Questions

Identification of the beneficiaries of the Trust is a simple way to differentiate between a public and a private trust.

Public Trust:

  • - If the beneficiaries make up a large or substantial body of public, then the trust in question is public. A public trust exists “for the purpose of its objects, the members of an uncertain and fluctuating body,” and is managed by a board of trustee.;
  • - in a Public Trust, the interest is vested in an uncertain and fluctuating body;
  • - public trusts have larger and wider domain.

Private Trust:

  • - the beneficiaries are a narrow and specific group such as the employees of a company, then the trust is private;
  • - In a Private Trust, beneficiaries are definite and ascertained individuals;
  • - Private trusts have limited and narrow domain.

Section 20 of Societies Registration Act, 1860:

Societies can be formed for following purposes:

  • Charitable;
  • Military Orphan Funds;
  • Presidencies of India;
  • Promotion of science, literature, or the fine arts;
  • Diffusion of useful knowledge;
  • Diffusion of political education;
  • Foundation or maintenance of libraries or reading-rooms;
  • public museums and galleries of paintings and other works of art;
  • collections of natural history;
  • mechanical and philosophical inventions;
  • instruments, or designs.

Post Formation Compliances:



Filing of E-Form relating to Commencement of Business (Form INC-20A)

E-Form INC-20A must be filed within 180 days of incorporation;

Share Certificates

A Company shall issue Share Certificates to the subscribers of Memorandum within 2 months from the date of Incorporation. The share certificate issued to the subscribers is the documentary evidence that the shares are held by them.


Appointment of First Auditor (Form ADT-1)

Company needs to appoint the First Auditor within 30 days of the incorporation at its first Board Meeting and the same is required to be intimated to the Registrar through E- form ADT-1.



Annual Compliances:



Return of Deposits and Amounts not considered as deposits (i.e. exempted deposits) [Form- DPT-3]

On or before 30th June every year if the Company has accepted Deposits or has accepted amounts which are not treated as deposits

Half Yearly Return to be filed with ROC in respect of the details of the amount of payment due to Micro and Small Enterprise Suppliers for more than 45 days and which is outstanding at the end of 6 months (Form MSME-1)

To be filed with MCA on half yearly basis i.e. on or before 30th April and on or before 31st October

DIR-3 KYC of Directors

On or before 30th September every year

Appointment of Subsequent Auditor (Form ADT-1)

Every company shall, at the first annual general meeting, appoint an individual or a firm as an auditor who shall hold office from the conclusion of that meeting till the conclusion of its sixth annual general meeting i.e. for the period of 5 years.


ADT-1 form is required to be file within 15 days from the date of AGM

Form MGT-14 Filing of Board Resolution for approval of Financial Statement and Board’s Report

Within 30 days of Board Meeting
(*In case of Public Section 8 Company)

Financial Statements to be filed with ROC (Form AOC-4)

To be filed within 30 days of Annual General Meeting

Annual Return (Form MGT-7)

To be filed within 60 days of Annual General Meeting


Other Compliances:

  • Maintaining the Company’s Statutory Registers
  • Maintaining the Minutes of proceedings Board Meetings & General Meetings held by the Directors & Members of the Company
  • Hold Atleast one Board Meeting within every six calendar months
  • Annual General meeting within 6 months from the end of Financial Year. The gap between two Annual General Meetings should not exceed Fifteen months
  • Annual Disclosures from Directors (Form MBP-1 & DIR-8)

An NGO can acquire 12A certificate from the Income Tax Department. Thus, an NGO acquiring such a certificate is exempted to pay income tax for the entire lifetime on its surplus income. Also, an NGO must obtain 80G certificate. This certificate allows donors, that is persons or organizations making donations to an 80G certified NGO, to avail deduction. Thus, such a deduction is given to the donors under section 80G of the Income Tax Act.