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NPO REGISTRATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

WHAT IS AN NPO

An NPO is a “Nonprofit Organisation” that was established by the Department of Social Services in terms of the Nonprofit Organisations Act 71 of 1997 in South Africa. The Register of Nonprofit Organisations (NPOs) is a voluntary registration facility that enhances the credibility of the registered NPOs as it reports to a public office. The NPO Directorate, as a public office, holds information about registered NPOs for the public to access. This thus, increases the transparency and accountability of the organisation beyond its immediate role-plays. This accountability and transparency improves the governance of an organisation as it is also expected that a registered NPO must comply with the requirements of the NPO Act. The NPO registration status is also a funding requirement for most donors and funding agencies. The national NPO registration facility therefore brings NPOs into a public system that and therefor allows the public to assist the government by identifying social ills and social imbalances within their community; this office operates as the government office but administered directly by the community members and indeed are accountable to the Department of Social Development on all the Financial stabilities of the organisation. 

STEP 1

Registering an NPO requires that the founding member should look for reliable and reputable members of the community to formulate a Board of Directors of not less than 3 director. A board of directors is a body that makes life changes decisions for the organisation; they act as the law of the organisation as in accordance with the adopted Constitution, and report directly to the DSD.

 

STEP 2

The Board committee will have to meet for a formal meeting to draft the organisational constitution, which governs organisational aspects such as: Administration of the organisation, The Operational Policies of the organisation, The Financial Structures of the organisation, the Marketing & Promotion of the organisation and many more. Once the constitution has been drafted and all the board members agree to its content; then it is adopted for registration of the organisation. Mostly the board members committee consists of: Chairperson, Treasury, Secretary and event Assistants if needs be.

STEP 3

It is very important to immediately work on the organisational branding of the NPO whilst awaiting the Certificate because it takes a full 8 Weeks to process the application to the Government Computer Systems after the approval of the application. The committee needs to work on the BRANDING of the organisation, I mean things like: Organisational PROFILE & PROJECT PLAN, LOGO, BUSINESS CARDS, LETTERHEADS, WEBSITE, FLIERS and more. These materials will enable the marketing and promotion team to execute their duties with ease, and they instill a sense of identity and existence. More importantly a website because it allows interested funders and partners to be able to search and read about your organisation online, and eventually develop an interest to fund you after they have also visited your offices.

STEP 4

Proper organisational branding makes it easier for funders to believe in the organisation, branding shapes the dream; it gives true identity and streamlines clear organisational objectives. The last step is of Couse FUNDRAISING, financial support can be sauced from private companies through CSI Projects Support, The Department of Social Development’s Annual Funding applications and many more other NPO funding support institutions. However, the most important source of finance is the internal projects that will bring day to day financial support to the organisation, solely relying on outside funding is a dead end because it is not constant; it comes and goes and changes year after year like the weather. Companies can fund whoever they choose to fund at given anytime, and they are not obliged to fund only your organisation; based on good merits.