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September 21, 2007

Setting up NGO’s

Filed under: My Life,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 7:53 PM

Mom is starting a NGO (Non Government Organization) for charity work and watching her has been an educational experience. I never realized how much work setting up and organizing an NGO takes.

An NGO is somewhat of a incorrect characterization because all private companies can technically also fall under the NGO banner, but in India the term NGO refers specifically to organizations dedicated to social welfare/charity work that are not affiliated with the government.

Setting an NGO up requires that you have members from atleast 7 states in India and these members (called the founding members) can’t be blood relations. This is to prevent a group of friends or relatives deciding to start a NGO to get grant money and then disappearing with the money. It also shows that you have the capacity to work all over India. You can focus on a specific region but should have the capacity for broader work.

If you are wondering how I know so much, I have been proofreading the Rules and Memorandum for the NGO mom is setting up so got to know a lot from that, which was followed up with a lot of questions to mom. I will be designing and registering a website one as soon as the name is registered which should be sometime in October.

If any of you are interested in working in the NGO or want to donate money for charity work let me know and I will pass the word on. I can personally guaranty that the money won’t be misappropriated as I know most of the people who are going to be in the executive council of the NGO and they are honest people who want to work for the people. The regular memberships are not that expensive and I will let you know the pricing as soon as the fee structure has been finalized. (I have seen the drafts, but don’t want to commit incase it changes before finalization)

I won’t be active as a worker (Going out in the field) in the NGO (Lack of time) but am definetley going to be a member plus I will be the one maintaining the website and the mail servers etc.

I think its about time for me to start giving something back to the society and start helping people. This is one option that I will have.

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya


  1. hi, pls. get in touch.
    from b’bay would like to get some info about setting up and doing work for NGos.
    my cell : 9892443388

    Comment by Rajeev — November 29, 2007 @ 3:45 PM

  2. Hey,
    Will have mom give you a call. She’s the one who has more info/knowledge about NGO’s…

    – Suramya

    Comment by Suramya — November 30, 2007 @ 4:09 AM

  3. Am interested to work for an NGO. If you have some plans for Gujarat please arrange details.
    I may be contacted on 9723961020.

    Comment by Priya Shahi — March 2, 2009 @ 11:17 AM


    You said, “Setting an NGO up requires that you have members from atleast 7 states in India and these members (called the founding members) can’t be blood relations.” I REALLY DON’T KNOW HOW YOU GOT THIS IDEA……

    Actually, in India non profit / public charitable organisations can be registered as 1) trusts, 2) societies, or 3) a private limited non profit company, under section-25 of Companies Act.

    You can have MORE DETAILS in these places:

    Comment by Vijay — June 18, 2009 @ 9:16 AM

  5. Hey Vijay,

    Thanks for your info. I got this information from my mom who actually registered the NGO. I will do a bit more research on this and will post my finding here.

    – Suramya

    Comment by Suramya — June 23, 2009 @ 11:16 PM

  6. Are u quite sure about members from 7 states?Sounds diff to manage & there is no such info on any site that I checked. Could u pl tell me the site/source of this info?

    Comment by Dr.Rashmi Ardey — December 15, 2009 @ 8:55 PM

  7. Hi Rashmi,

    The source is the rule booklet that my mom got when she was registering the NGO. I spoke to my mom again and she is going to give me a copy of the rules and I will scan and post them on the site.

    Hopefully that will clarify the matter.

    – Suramya

    Comment by Suramya — December 17, 2009 @ 2:42 AM

  8. “Help Us to Serve Better to Poor and needy “

    I am the President of Nava Karnataka Social Service Trust which is working for the up liftment of the downtrodden, especially the slum dwellers in around Bangalore city and Karnataka which is the most neglected area in Bangalore. We have already made our submission to your institution requesting your help We distribute 5kg rice each to 500 families below poverty line, conduct medical camps in the slums, provide formal education to 500 slum childrens ,provide free tuition to 500 more childrens, sponsor 65 students to study BCom and BBM and other social service activities.we have philanthropists and Noble Souls, as we would rightly put it, who have donated magnanimously to support and sustain our programmes. For greater accomplishments in all our endeavours, we expect your moral support and cooperation to strengthen our efforts to raise funds for realizing the above objectives and goals. and thus help our organization to reach out the needy in our society .Your generosity ensures valuable services that help the poor, We need your financial support in order to serve the humanity.
    Alone, we can accomplish little. Together, we can make the world a better place for all beings.Send in us your details and specify the programme and please claim receipts from us for the donations made to the organization

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    #130,Opp.Vinayaka Talkies,
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    Karnataka State,
    India-560 045.
    Office: 080-32923191, 09886845006
    President: 09880460548
    E-mail :
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    Please extend your hand of cooperation.

    Thanking you,

    Yours sincerely,


    Comment by i.JOSEPH — December 1, 2010 @ 4:41 PM

  9. Hi dear,
    i went thru ur whole blog, it is really good to knw dat people r cmng forward to work 4 a social cause.
    by profession i m advocate n initiated my practise in year 2010, beside dis i m fond of working 4 a social cause, specially in providing knowledge of legal rights to those who r unaware of the same n looking forward to register NGO 4 the same purpose……… plz ask ur mom to help me out by guiding 4 initiation process……….all the best to ur mom n u too suramya, hope this NGO will solve all the objectives ur mom has framed for. thanks n plz try to contact me on 07874504367

    Comment by Adv. Arnika Ojha — November 1, 2011 @ 10:24 PM

  10. Hi Arnika,

    I have passed your details on to my mother and she will be reaching out to you.



    Comment by Suramya — November 2, 2011 @ 12:13 AM

  11. hi suramya,

    i would like to get in touch with your mom as too plan to set up an ngo the last comment had been made quite sometime back,i presume there has been more progress on it since then.
    do get back to me asap and cud i please have your moms contact no. so i could personally talk to her


    Comment by nina — May 30, 2012 @ 10:45 AM

  12. Hi Nina,

    Please send me an email (suramya – at – suramya – dot – com) and I will mail you the number.

    – Suramya

    Comment by Suramya — June 13, 2012 @ 11:09 PM

  13. Good information for every NGO Set ups. You can ask detailed information at

    Comment by Vinod Kumar — May 21, 2015 @ 11:24 AM

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