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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 except 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 then account for 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.

1. How to Draft a Constitution
2. NPO Booklet
3. Inyathelo Pocket Guide: Proposal Writing


Documents required by the Department of Social Development
3. NPO Application Form
4. NPO Business Plan (Old Form)
5. NPO Business Plan (2012 Form)
6. Application for funding in terms of the policy on Financial Awards 2014/2015
7. NPO Model Codes of Good Practice


You can also register online here 

Resources for Early Childhood Development Centres

8. Early Childhood Development Curriculum (East Cape Midlands College)
9. Early Childhood Development: Curriculum Guidelines (To follow)
10. Early Childhood Development: Service Guidelines