So You Want to Start an NGO?

Birth of an NGO


Nothing written below should be construed as legal advice. It is a description of my personal experience only. If you get into legal trouble after you read this, it’s your own fault!DrDave

Since the question comes up so often “how do you start an NGO?” it seems like the right thing to do is to give my personal experience on creating one. For those of you wondering, NGO stands for Non-Government Organization. In the adventure travel world, it is usually some kind of relief organization. There are many different factors that go into forming an NGO and they are all of great importance. One missed or messed up step and the whole process comes apart at the seams. Since my experience is in the United States, the advice and personal accounts given are based on US law. It is important to check very carefully what the laws are in your country to make sure you get it right.

Just for the basics. I am president of La Cima World Missions, Inc. This is a medical and dental relief organization that primarily functions in Honduras but we are expanding. We take teams of physicians and dentists on short-term mission trips. We also provide some funding for other medical and dental missionaries. Among our latest projects we have arranged transport and care for a little Honduran girl that needed heart surgery and we arranged shipment of pharmaceuticals to the Solomon Islands following an earthquake and tsunami.

Now with that out of the way…

The IRS form that is required to file for non-profit status is the form 1023. This form has all the instructions you will need as far as what paperwork needs to be submitted. It does not, however, give the information on how to create the documents it requires. I will get into how to do that a little bit later. The form 1023 is used to establish that a corporation fits into the guidelines under article 501(c)(3) in the official IRS code. All the forms mentioned in this article are available on the IRS website:

Before any paperwork is filed the concept, of what the NGO will be, needs to be brought to life. IRS filings require that a Board of Directors be established. Since this has to be done anyway, it only makes sense to do it first. The BOD is charged with general oversight and accountability of the NGO. It is the governing body and develops the vision and determines direction for the NGO. It is also the responsibility, in many NGOs, for the BOD to do significant fund raising as well as be significant contributors themselves.

Choosing the right BOD is important in that they must all have a common goal. The more connected they are the better, and they have to be in agreement on the general methodology that will be used to achieve the goals. I personally chose to go small. I have five people (myself included) on our BOD. By starting with a small group, it is much easier for us all to come to consensus when decisions must be made. I chose people with experience on the ground as well as experience in their own medical specialties in day-to-day work at home.

The next, quite ironic, and arguably the most important step, when it comes to planning the creation of an NGO is development of detailed plans for its dissolution. One of the first things the IRS considers, when deciding whether or not to grant 501(c)(3) status is how will the money be split up in the event of dissolution of the corporation. It will increase your chances of approval dramatically if the officers and board of directors are not to be recipients of any of the assets of the organization, should it dissolve. The most acceptable plan is to document that all assets will be given to another 501(c)(3) corporation, should it become necessary. Put it in writing and make it very clear that no individual will profit form a failed organization. If this is not clear in the original filing, you can go ahead and count on the first rejection letter to come quickly.

When I first started toying with the idea of putting together a non-profit organization, I stumbled on a technique that I have come to recommend. It saved me quite a bit of money, in the long run, and it allowed my attorney and accountant to quickly get the idea of what I was trying to do. I went to the local university law school library and got a copy of the non-profit corporation law books. I made copies of the sections that related to forming the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws.

I used the material that I copied from the law books as a template to make my own version of the AOI and Bylaws. I tried to follow the structure as closely as I could and I got as detailed as I could. Each member of the BOD evaluated what I had written and made additions and suggestions. Once we had documents put together that we thought met the requirements for the corporate filings, we gave them to our attorney. Our attorney then had a very detailed description of what we wanted our NGO to be.

Articles of Incorporation are filed with the Secretary of State of the state where the NGO will form. These are submitted and the State then recognizes the corporation as a legal entity. This DOES NOT give any type of non-profit status. As far as the state is concerned, you are just another business until the IRS says different. It is required, however, that the corporation exist prior to filing any type of paperwork with the IRS.

The Bylaws describe what the NGO will do, what type of projects will be undertaken, how money and other assets will be handled, etc. Bylaws should be very specific line items. In our Bylaws there are very detailed descriptions of what La Cima is allowed to, and intends to do. We put our heads together and thought about everything we wanted to do in the future, if we were able, and we included these in the Bylaws. The thinking was that we want to do it someday, so lets make sure we are allowed to do it when/if the opportunity arises. If the Bylaws do not have permission for a certain action, it is possible to get that added later, but it takes board action and is generally annoying to do it. PLUS, if the Bylaws have everything in them and the NGO is approved for 501(c)(3) status, it confirms that the activities in the Bylaws are legitimate NGO non-profit activities in the eyes of the law.

My advice is to put EVERYTHING in the draft Bylaws and let the attorney sort out what qualifies as a non-profit worthy endeavor.

The AOI and Bylaws, in their final form, should be drawn up by an attorney. I will stop right here and say get a good team together. Find an attorney and an accountant who have had success in developing NGOs in the past. If they don’t do their part correctly, you will be stuck in a quagmire trying to get the organization off the ground.

Not being lawyers, we made some significant mistakes. This is precisely why we hired a lawyer. The purpose served, by writing the preliminary AOI and Bylaws, was that he was able to take what we had written and convert them to legitimate legal documents with much less effort and with many FEWER BILLABLE HOURS than if we walked into his office and said “We want to start an NGO, would you draw up the papers please?”

It is a lot of work, yes, but if you are going to be put off by a lot of work, lets just stop where we are right now and quit the crazy talk of starting an NGO. If you do it right, it will take all you have got to give and usually a little bit more. Consider this just part of paying your dues. And fear not, there are plenty of dues to be paid after these.

Once your organization has become a legal entity, your accountant or attorney can file for a Tax ID Number (TIN) with the IRS. That is the point at which you exist and can move forward.

Now it is time to begin filling out the form 1023. This document is BIG and the difficulty rating for filling it out will depend on what type of organization is being formed. There are several different categories for non-profit corporations and the application procedure varies based on what type of organization is submitting. Read through the whole thing very carefully and begin formulating the game plan. There are many reports, written descriptions and budget issues that need to be filled out.

The narratives that explain the proposed activities of the NGO need to be carefully worded so that it is very clear all activities are charitable in nature. These can be reviewed by an attorney if desired but, in our case, we spent all our legal budget by this point in the game, so I just had to wing it.

The budget section requires three years of annual budgeting be reported. Now we didn’t exist yet, so the alternative is to put in three years projected budget. One tip that our accountant gave us was to be careful in determining expected annual revenue. Be honest, by all means, but know that anticipated or real revenue less than USD 25,000 requires an application fee of about USD 100.00. Anticipated or real revenue greater than USD 25,000 requires and application fee of about USD 500.00.

After completing all the items on the form 1023 checklist, package it all up, make a couple copies to keep and send it in to the IRS. In most cases, NGOs get rejected for non-profit status at least once. Do not be discouraged if/when this happens. In the rejection, there will also be a description of why the application was rejected so that it can be changed and re-submitted. Having the right attorney and accountant in the beginning will reduce the number of rejections an NGO must face before receiving the final “Golden Letter.” We paid a little more in legal fees, but we got approved on the first submission. In my opinion it was worth it.

The “Golden Letter” is duly named as the final acceptance for provisional 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. As my accountant stated, “he who has the letter can then get the gold.” Nobody donates unless they get a tax deduction.

Rinse and Repeat:

Note that the acceptance is for PROVISIONAL 501(c)(3) status. Since there is no history of the NGO operating, the IRS is giving a 3-5 year opportunity with provisional status. At the end of the provisional period (the date will be on the Golden Letter) then file the form 8734. At that point, the NGO must provide a description of what was actually accomplished, and how, over the period. After filing the 8734, proving that the NGO actually did what is said it was going to do, and collected money in the proper manner, the IRS will consider whether or not to permit permanent 501(c)(3) status.

Other random tidbits that don’t need a whole paragraph:

Each year, at least one meeting of the Board of Directors must be completed with minutes taken.

Each year the NGO must place an announcement in the legal section of a local newspaper making its annual report available for public review. Three days is sufficient time to meet the requirement. Keep documentation proving the announcement was placed. Most newspapers will provide a notarized affidavit attesting to this.

File an annual report with the state of origin to maintain active status of the corporation. This is done through each state’s Secretary of State. It is just to let the state know the corporation is still active.

Consult with your accountant to determine whether or not tax filings are necessary. Many times the forms need to be filed even though money does not need to be paid. Sometimes nothing has to be done.

Nothing about what I have said deals with fundraising. If you come up with a surefire technique to raise money for an NGO, please send me an email, letter, or message by carrier pigeon right away. This is the ultimate challenge for NGOs around the world. I just wanted to focus on the basics for getting started. Obviously everything will depend on the organization and its intended goals when it comes to generating interest and support from like-minded individuals.

I hope there is a pearl of wisdom or two that will aid you in your quest to change the world. If you read this and move forward with formation of an NGO, let me be the first to say “Thank You” for doing something that matters. I also bid you good luck and God speed in all you do.

David Sperow

  70 comments for “So You Want to Start an NGO?

  1. Monica Stone
    October 18, 2007 at 4:00 am

    Thank you David, your article was of great help to me. I am just starting, in fact today is my first day of making the decision and contacting a few friends who I think would be great board members. I hope I can continue to fill you in on the process. I too will be working for a spanish speaking country, Colombia.

  2. Rebecca Walsh
    January 21, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Hi David,
    I already set up my organization. I didn’t know that we needed to put the annual report in the local newspaper. Is that still the case? We never have done that. It was very good how you explained things. I paid a lot of money even though I did a lot of work myself.
    Thanks for so clearly explaining the system.

  3. James Devine
    January 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you David, I looked at many websites re NGO’s and yours has given me the desire to take the first step to forming an NGO. I will commence the work in Lagos Nigeria and hope to work throughout Africa. I pray everyday for God’s direction and the wisdom to put him before my own desires. Best wishes to you and your colleagues.

  4. Dr. Craig
    February 7, 2008 at 2:34 am

    I was wanting to bring health care to the people in Nigera that are sufering with T.B. and no clean water.
    Looks like the I.R.S. is more a problem than T.B.

  5. Edmore Mangoti
    February 19, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Hi David, Thank you so much for the information regarding NGO formation. Its one of the things I have been thinking about for the past seven years and I think with the courage I got from you very soon I will start the process.

  6. krishnendu
    March 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Sir, at first i am self employed 36yrs male & my 8 friends are same we are looking for forming N.G.O. in district level on educational & health sector; so you just write me the procedure to forming N.G.O. step by steps by graphically.

    June 25, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Hi David,

    I am from Liberia, West Africa and has always wanted to help contribute to the welfare of my people and country since the end of the civil which lasted from 1990 until 2005. There is so much work to be done. I just learned yesterday that there are about 600 NGOs operating in Liberia today and was very disheartened to learn that we will not even come close to meeting the MDG set forth in 2000. Most of these NGOs are being run by foreigners who do not know our culture, our geography and above all speak the different dialects. I want to believe that these are some of the underlining reasons why there hasn’t been much done to help the vast majority of those who live on far less than a dollar a day.

    My question to you then is, How can I best position myself in an effort to allow those in authority that my methods should be used as a blueprint for bringing about lasting and meaninigful changes? I intend to focus on Mirofinancing, Education, Public Health and Women Empowerment.

    Lastly, How would you recommend I go about raising the necessary funds to make this a reality?


    July 13, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Im a fashion Designer and want to help my people in the remote area of the southern part of Ghana.but I need an NGO to help me or I will need to help an NGO fight out poverty with the knowledge I have. I don”t know how to go about it.The growing youths nowadays because of not having any work to do they engagde them selves into stealing,indiscriminate sex life which as a result brings about AIDS,DRUGS.and many order bad things.
    My small way of helping is to put a trade in their lifes an to make them useful one day.How do I start and where do I start from.
    I cant do all, but but I can do some.

  9. July 29, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Hi David,my name is naomi,i am a nigerian .i have worked with 2 different NGO’s on HIV/AIDS voluntary testing and counselling and the other on family planning and reproductive health.i have acqured a lot of experiance and discovered that NGO’s reach out to a lot of people in creating awareness.i have come across alot off people who do not know the importance of reproductive health,especialy cervical cancer in women.lately ive been making a research about it and i would like to start an NGO so that i can reach out to alot of women on the human papilloma virus screening.
    My main concern now isthat i need expert advice on the best way to go about it.thank you.

  10. August 20, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Hi David, my name is dhamsiri ajith, i am a Sri Lankan. my 21 friends and i working in district level on educational & health sector; so you just write me the procedure to forming N.G.O. step by steps by graphically. therefore i need your help to get to know about the procedures to get donations from the international market for the needed people in our area.

    thanx and waiting for your kind reply


  11. September 2, 2008 at 6:59 am

    dear sir my self utish nautiyal
    i have an Adventure NGO “HIMALAYAN PROTECTION AND ADVENTURE SPORTS FOUNDATION SCO.” in uttarkashi,uttarakhand(india).
    our foundation counduts various programe related with adventure,mountaineering,trekking,rescue,yoga/meditation,kayaking,rafting,care for Enviroment etc in hands of himalaya.
    i need your kind support to make such foundation one of the best.
    if you tell me your mail address so i can mail you my foundation broucher in which every thing is completle mention about foundation , activities etc.

    waiting for your kind response

    thanking you
    with warm regards

    utish nautiyal
    +91 9897301683

  12. pastor isaac oppong
    July 5, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    am a pastor at a local church in Ghana called Overcomes chapel international,i have started NGO and need support how should i go about it? we visit our brothers in prison and preached the word of God to them,we also donate food, drinks and to me.
    stay bless
    pastor isaac oppog

  13. Bijaya shrestha
    July 10, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Hi, I am Bijaya shrestha from Nepal. I want establish the NGO. My motive to establish the NGO is to
    control the other NGO becease the other NGO doesn’t work properly. So help me to help the affected
    people by different NGO and also poor people. My mail ID is “”
    for any question mail me.

  14. ADA
    August 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks David for your wonderful advice.Thank God that your NGO is fuctioning well.pls i how do i start small to impact life ?

  15. September 11, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Hi david, i am a cameroonian, currently living in cameroon. I was a teacher in the united kingdom of great britain. however, i returned to my country a year ago and have been teaching here to. sir i have been so worried about children with special needs so have decided to form an NGO to help these deprived children but don’t know how to go about it. Thank you for your help on this issue.

  16. Anjali Sebastian
    January 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I am working in a limited company , with less salary but I want to work with a NGO in India. How can I start my own NGO with poor or sick peoples.

  17. Frank
    March 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks for this David. It puts things in prespective. I’m actually just forming an organisation to support fathers. I realised that only the dead beat dads get highlighted so I’m doing something about that and focusing on the fathers who really try to do the right thing but have challenges. Hopefully we’ll get some of the so called dead beat dads to join and change. Thanks again for the advice.

  18. April 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. it is wonderful. And humor is way underrated :D. We are in the process of exploring a Haiti/USA NGO, with MDs at both ends, instigated by Haiti, and now it’s my turn to get things rolling after the shake-up. The goal is to establish a small hospital and pilot-clinics in areas of Haiti where people will get to see their first doctors. The need is endless, as everywhere. This was a really helpful step. I went through this (similar and more a by-stander) about 30 years ago and it is rough indeed!
    I go to Haiti regularly ( where we ended up feeding over 6000 hot meals to hospitalized refugees 20 hrs walking from the quake sites. More over: the team in charge was all Haitian. What a morale trip THAT was for them, next to all the ‘blan’ imports (I really do consider myself a woman of pink color!)

    Ah: I read here that people would like to help. If they look at they may find that this can be a minor way to do a major job!

    Again: keep doing the good work both here and abroad!

  19. April 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    PS. Do you have any advice / experience regarding an NGO that is settled equally in two countries?

  20. April 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Ooops, it looks like my previous email didn’t make it. I will try again.
    I am asked to be in the Board of an organization that will function both in Haiti and in the USA. It is run by a team of physicians (incl my husband) , a dentist, education specialists etc . About 7 people divided over 3 subjects within medicine: Immediate Medical/Dental Care, Preventative Health and Education. We need to become an NGO for obvious reasons, and your (humorous) suggestions/ instructions are invaluable. Thank you for all your time!
    It will be mostly up to me to unravel the secrets of law, and discover my limit of patience as a bearer of short fuse. It will be an interesting endeavor, but the need is so huge that it doesn’t really matter.
    We intend (my friends in Haiti intend) to establish a very small hospital with satellite clinics, in the eastern-most section of Haiti where we all may be the first doctors ever seen. Strange thought, in such a small country, but as true as I have experienced.
    I myself have a small organization,, that has been quite active for the short time it has been in existence. I have been to Haiti many times and wish we had had this org earlier, because we received so much help from so many people who knew that 100% would get where it was intended to go. Maybe we can ‘umbrella’ it under the new NGO…
    We ended up serving over 6000 hot meals to the refugees, wounded, who had left Port au Prince to be hospitalized in Saint Marc – about 20 hrs walking N of PaP. The hospitals there don’t serve food, and there was no family to take up the job so we (a Haitian team of young men and women) did. It was another amazing “Haiti experience.’
    Thank you for the great information provided and I hope it helps to make fewer tangles than I usually create myself.

  21. April 25, 2010 at 5:59 am

    im a srilankan i found your article on web. sir ihave a plan to bild up a ngo in our rural area. ihave some experience in NGO field. in 2002 to2006 worked in a NGO(local) and work as a project officer as some projects funded by INGOs Ex: Unicef CIDA UNHCR MAT like some one .these days war over in srilanka peace environment now here need project for rehabilitate and sicio economic devolpment.and specially village areas gighly need Educational aid ..Education freely provided by Government but to move higher studies or technical side they need guidence and financial help so this is i found the problum to start a NGO for help our people> I grate fully request from you that. sir, help me to give a start and introduce me some kind of donners for funding rural education devolopment internationally. if you give few minutes of your valuable time for this task is an gratefull humanity


  22. Nayana Jayaweera
    April 30, 2010 at 11:07 am

    i need to build some small houses to Omantha and Pudukuduruppu (Vavnnia) people.I do not have money.if i can find a concern citizens to help me to do this………
    They do not have a house they live in hut.Now it is rain in Sri Lanka.
    Try help me in this matter.Thanks.

  23. July 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

    hello sir consider,
    sir i m working in a private firm with average income. and i belongs to village i want to do some for all the villager with less salary and i want to open an NGO in India. How can I start my own NGO with poor or sick peoples.
    plz suggest
    pawan chaudhary

  24. July 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Hi David,my name is success,a nigerian,i am on the tour to set up an NGOs in West-African sub-region to fight against child trafficking,child labour and education because millions of children in our society are dennied of their birth right and David I want you to advice me on how to go about these.

  25. Dr.Vikram C
    August 18, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Hi David
    Read your statement felt happy.My father is social worker,working in rural area for betterment of rural mass mainly with the objective to make every farmer should become an organic farmer.He registered an NGO 20 years back and succesfully working.On his guidelines I as a dentist planning for NGO which will work for oral dental problems in rural areas with special emphasis on school children,adoloscent and old age people.
    It will be great of you if you provide me a detailed outlay of bylaws to start a new NGO for oral dental health and education.

  26. Janaka
    September 3, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I am Janaka from Sri Lanka and really needs to start some sort of organization to help for child education in SL. Most of poor children do not attend to schools due to their financial problems. therefore, if any person or any organization is willing to support me for the above,kindly contact me through my email because my people needs your support especially after 30 years civil war.

    looking forward your kind attention and early reply.

    best regards,

    Janaka Weebaduarachchi

  27. Janaka
    September 3, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I am Janaka from Sri Lanka and really needs to start some sort of organization to help for child education in SL. Most of poor children do not attend to schools due to their financial problems. therefore, if any person or any organization is willing to support me for the above,kindly contact me through my email because my people needs your support especially after 30 years civil war.

    looking forward your kind attention and early reply.

    best regards,


    September 4, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Hi, david, Babafemi Adewusi thanks so much for your pleasant tutor, i pray we always have guys like you to be a guide to us in an our mission to inculcate greatness to the youth and making millions of youth dream to really materialize in Nigeria and perhaps in Africa. i’m about staging an NGO that will help Youth to actualize or realize their dreams and God giving talents in Nigeria which will in long-run help to fast track the development of Nigeria-SEPT (Socially, Ecomically, Politically & Technically).
    pls don’t hesistate to teach me more on the modus and operandi of an NGO.
    looking forward to more details from you. Thanks. babafemi adewusi.


  29. October 9, 2010 at 5:58 am

    I am a Tanzanian aged 58 having a permanent address in Dar es Salaam whom i would like to start an NGO/NPO on some of the fiels eg street chirldren, womans who can not build their skills etc. Investing in land can be my first priority as also water is not a problem at several places in Tanzania.

  30. November 20, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Thank you David for your experience,I know starting NGO is a hard work I’m from Somalia and like to open NGO that is base in USA but work inside Somalia.I don’t have BOD here in America butI will I need once I’m stablish people who live in Somalia and willing to work with me. My organization will help thousands of young children who never got appourtunity to go to school.Also my organization will help people in my country all kinds of social and public services.Do you think my organisation will be seccessful with out BOD here in America .My second question is which Act do you prefare is the best one to choose among all of them interms of legal papers.David I have other fallow up questions that I lie to email you in the coming weeks.what is the website to register to start NGO and do they requier any financial statement.I appreciate your experience and waiting your kind respons.
    Best regard.

  31. Believe Doe Dartey
    December 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Am Believe,i live in Ghana and do social work ,i have worked in a lot of local NGOs and currently form my own NGO called world Class Volunteer Network (WCVN),The aim is to help deprieved communities develop through work camping .i want a philantropy to become friends to share ideas and if possible come together to help humanity.

    Thank u


  32. shamsher sharma
    December 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    hi this is shamsher sharma,i want to start my NGO.because in india there are many family who dont have the shelter on there head thay are sleaping on road.road is the home of them and the blue sky is shelter of india there are huge gap between rich and poor people i want to do something for the people of india.plz insist me what i should do my mail id is

  33. January 14, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Hi David,
    I am from Congo DRC Africa but settled as a refugee in Australia studying the Dental Technology in Aus.
    I thank you for your experience and your willing to show other people to learn from you.
    I will send you the email in next correspondance.

    May our Lord Jesus Christ gives you strengths for what you are doing.

  34. January 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    hi,sir,Iwant to establish an NGOin poverty is the main is a great problem of ROTI,KAPADA AUR MAKAN.I want todo something in thesefields.please assist me what i should do .my mail ID is

  35. belinda m o
    February 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I am impressed by your work I have just opened my NGO in Nigeria and itis about poverty eradication. i will be grateful if you can write me through mails to advice me and possibly help on how to raise funds and run the NGO

    April 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you David for helping us who need advise,am in TANZANIA,EAST AFRICA,i want to start an NGO

  37. April 24, 2011 at 11:22 am

    again i requested to u pls send bylaws and that i can stsrt ngo as early as posible.
    vikash anand

  38. julieana ali
    April 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    i just started an ngo in nigeria,your site has been very helpful thank you

  39. Anand Nigam
    May 13, 2011 at 2:13 am


    Regards And Many Thanks,
    Anand Nigam

  40. May 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    In the recently concluded general elections in Nigerial,about a million votes were invalidated.pls,how can you help me form an NGO to create a massive political education and enlightenment.moreso, on reviving reading culture amongst Nigerian youths,thanks

  41. sani
    May 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Sir David
    it is very pleasant to read your article about NGO. basically we are three friends working in diffrent NGOs, but now we are going to establish our own NGO, we belongs to paistan and we are wishing to work on education,health and infrastructural developement in rural areas of pakistan where the poverty is at its peak point, we shal wait for your sugestions at (sangi_engr@yahoo)

  42. Imran
    May 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Sir David
    it is very pleasant to read your article about NGO. basically we are three friends working in diffrent NGOs, but now we are going to establish our own NGO, we belongs to paistan and we are wishing to work on education,health and infrastructural developement in rural areas of pakistan where the poverty is at its peak point, we shal wait for your sugestions at (sangi_engr@yahoo)

  43. June 8, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Hi i am from Sundarbone aria the name is known by worlds largest mangrove forest and famous ROYAL BENGAL TIGER ( India, West Bengal ) , many many problems about people health , drinking water education just the people want to primary needs to living life. we have a new NGO and want to work with ur ambition . have any way to contact with ur NGO ? plz help with us and work with us , request u to visit our aria and reside . thank u

    Haraprasad Gayen
    mo +91 9831592509

  44. K.Sathya Narayana
    June 30, 2011 at 8:03 am

    helo Sir,
    Iam sathyanarayana K here from karnataka-India would like to start NGO in karnataka. How can I preapred By-laws and all the details regarding NGO. could you please assist me regarding this please send me all detail on my mail.

    karanataka is a village state so many problems about people like health,poverty, education, house etc so I dicided to strart one NGO for poverty allivation programe purpose.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:01 am

    My name is Matthew s/o James William, I live in Karachi city of Pakistan. and my English is very poor. maybe you and yoursOrgination are understand. what I am saying. Thank you,

    Sir, I want to start NGO. Because my mother died in some disease and I cannot any safe her’s life.
    many people are also death many disease. because they are poor people, elders/ aged , education,food, mediciene and different problem facing, that’s Why I want to help poor people , children, elders/ aged, But I have no any income to help these people, If you Interdouce and give me some support me and my family and our poor people are thankful to you
    I want to start NGO, Name Lilly Trust Foundation. my mother name was Lilly james.

    Thank you

    Matthew James
    Karachi, Pakistan

  46. John zia
    July 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    hello sir how r u? my name is john zia i m form Lahore Pakistan. i like your NGO & i m very thankful 2 you, u do very good job for poor people. i m just say u keep it up up & up. God bless u i m pray for u & your NGO.i have no NGO, but i m also try to do help for poor peoples. thank u all. ok bye my contact no is 00923454841011.

  47. madhav raj aryal
    August 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Sir David, My name is Madhav. I am from Nepal and looking to open a NGO in my country. My NGO will work for the orphans and physically disable children. Now a days I am working at Qatar. I am saving some of my salary for use in those purpose. I know that will not enough for my purpose. So I need your help. Please tell me how can you help me in this mission. I am hopefully waiting for your positive response.
    Thank you.

  48. Mehfuja Bax
    August 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hello sir,
    This is Mehfuja from Gujarat, India.

    It was wonderful to study the path of your progress to ur achievement. I would also like to do the same but still need some support and guidance for the same. I want to start an institute which would be more on focussing the girls education and making them self dependent. Please try to send me some guiding points for the same.

    Please if possible send me some details on my email id


  49. pastor yousaf
    August 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I am Pastor Yousaf from pakistan . we want to start a powerful ngo help us and add us..God bless you all

    November 1, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I have to admit that am highly enlightened and i highly thank you.I had an idea on how i can begin an organisation that addresses marriage issues in Kenya and in the whole world and now i know how to go about it.GOD BLESS YOU.

  51. Kaliisa Umar
    December 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Hello Dave!
    This is Kaliisa Umar from East Africa-Country called Uganda. Thank you very much for your advise.

  52. December 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I am a Construction worker and a passionate motorcyclist, there are too many deaths in my Country and my people dying on a daily basis, since 2008 I been talking of the need for a comprehensive road safety program in my Country, nobody really listening, I want to join the UN Decade of Actions for Road Safety, I want to establish and NGO to help my people, I need the way forward information and some contacts to help support the program.

    The human capital of my Country which lost over 250,000 people between 1989 and 2003 is reducing daily, please help.

    I can be contacted @ +401-545-1746

  53. Veek
    December 26, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Thanks David,i have been nursing this fear but you have actually open my heart to out i love to do must,i use to be scared of how to do this things but am grateful i never change my decision even when in doubt.thanks

  54. January 29, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Thank you spreading most of these useful facts. Your current post So You Want to Start an NGO? genuinely will help me a lot. You should check this report too, if you don’t agree, additionally you can go away the comment.
    was very helpfull notes right now i am working with Attorney.
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  55. A Athikho
    February 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I am Athikho, born from Christian family. I am a Government servant, in the district of Senapati (Christian dominated district), state of Manipur, India, earning a nominal salary. My native place is rich of vegetation with poor farmers dominated. Many children goes to school but had to drop after reaching some higher classes due to poor family and many are not able to support by their poor parents. Numbers of educated youth remain unemployed due to corruption of the government and are not able to afford to buy jobs. I really want to help my poor villagers but I am not able to help due to my less salary that I received. Would you please suggest me what type of NGO that should I start. At the same time, how can I get international financial assisstance for the NGO if I start.
    I, therefore, request you to kindly write to me how to start NGO for the poor and sick people, the procedure to form, step by steps by graphically.
    My email ID:
    Contact No. +919615854564

    Thanking You.

  56. Stephen Quartey
    February 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Am a teacher in West Africa Ghana to be specific but I was posted to a village school most children needs help to even put food on the table because some have no parents at all others also have because of poverty they can take care them because Am a christian I can sit and fold my arms I was using part of my salary to assist some to buy food,cloths,stationary etc, for about eight (8) children. Currently as the number rises I thought it wise to seek funds or seek advice on how to access some funding to help them live happy lives, most of children are very Intelligent find a way to make me help thank you
    counting on your corporation.

  57. May
    February 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Hey David,this article was so so helpful…
    Thank you!!

  58. jessica
    March 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Hi there

    I am just in the process of starting my NGO in Colombia and your article helped me a lot.

    Thanks :)

  59. March 19, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I wish to start an organization of filling station in Ghana.May your noble company help me.Thanks.
    Call me.(0201059575)

  60. Betty
    March 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Dr. Dave…your experience will help me greatly.I’m looking for a team of doctors/experts in the rehabilitation sector to work with in Liberia.A certain generation are wasting away and nothing is being done to correct these issues.We feed and carry the Gospel to a small fraction of them because of limited resources but need immediate help.If your heart yields in this direction… me!

    April 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Hi david,am a tennis player in nigeria,I have passion for children within the age of six and ten that hawk on major street,this children don’t have future,I want to get them of the street and give them a future by house them and train them in different game(sport) and also give them education but I need help to finally start,please advice me more.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Please Dave,housing and training will give this children hawking a future,please advice me on what to do please.thank you

  63. May 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm




    May 23, 2012 at 6:51 am

    dear sir,

    i have 7 year old ngo . i want to more project to help people kindly guide and help us

    my mob 09981688328

  65. October 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Dear sir,
    My name is Kamruzzaman. Working in a soap factory as a manager, Dhaka, Bangladesh. From my boy hood I wish to start a NGO at my native place comilla Dist. Lot of NGO working in Bangladesh. Most of them are in micro credit system, it is very difficult to maintain by small amount.
    I have an Idea to help the poor people and pocket a good business, But I don’t have enough money and market. Only I have a place to maintain it.
    spouse if you want to do a garments business, You need so many expensive fittings and place.but my policy is– The rural and poor people are living 50 to 500 together in small small cottage, Most of the woman’s are not working. Girls & boys are not doing anything, But they have time to work. So if you have market or buyer at USA, Europe or any where, You can do this business. Handicrafts, T-shirt, Hat, Sweeter, Electronics, etc. But you have to provide them equipments & training.
    If you like to do such like this business, call or mail me about details, I will found the production management. my # 01726429293 & e-mail, Thank you.

  66. December 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I am a mother of a disable child from Somalia and she is born in Canada, I went back to Somalia with her in July is year. I cried for days beacause they no services for children, Disablity is seen as shame while family hide their children. I came back with the hope to suc childrens lives. but need help with how to start an NGO.

  67. Bashir Ahmed
    April 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Respectable Sir/Madam,
    I have got B.S(Information Technology) & I relevent in a poor society / villager life but in this time decided for opening a new small NGO in my relevent society but I’m also so very poor person and I cant afford my office furniture & Financing how is the help me for registration & Financing please help me or advise me because I belong to Village life to Tahsil Kingri, District Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan

  68. Rajesh
    May 21, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Dear sir,
    I m an indian and wants to open a NGO at nepal so plz send me procedure of registration.

  69. Barsha Barma
    June 7, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Hi i am from Kathmandu Nepal although my country is landlocked we are rich in so many cultures,religious values but due to the lack of awareness most of the community from low developed district are still focused on child marraige, dowry system, so i want to start a ngo having mission of better awareness programme for such problems. hoping for your kind suggestion .


  70. John Baker
    August 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I am looking to start an NGO in Haiti for the purpose of building small houses for the victims of the earthquake. I am working with a Haitian National and would like some more information if you have it. This would not necessarily be a non profit. Does an NGO have to be a non profit?

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