Registration of NGO in Ukraine

We offer you comprehensive legal and consulting services for the registration of non-governmental organizations in Ukraine. We also provide services of registration of branches of foreign NGO and non-profits in Ukraine.

The right to establish an NGO in Ukraine with the aim to promote and to protect the rights and interests of individuals is guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine. Consider also that non-governmental organizations can make all needed requests to Ukraine government authorities and governmental bodies and can (in some kind) control such authorities. NGO can be a good solution if you do intend to unite some group of companies or individuals for such purposes.

What do we provide?

  • consultation on the process and procedure of registration of non-governmental organization in Ukraine;
  • drafting of all necessary needed documents for non-governmental organization constitution;
  • registration in Ministry of Justice of Ukraine;
  • legalization of the representative office of foreign or international NGO in Ukraine;
  • virtual office address service;
  • seal (emblem) and banking account obtainment;
  • obtaining a non-profit status in Ukrainian tax authorities;
  • tax advisory on NGO activity in Ukraine;
  • liquidation or dissolution of NGO or representative office of non-governmental organizations in Ukraine.

How to register a non-governmental organization in Ukraine?

The main two documents are Statut or Charter (or so-called the law of organization) and the decision to establish the organization. The charter must contain the main targets and goals (for example “protection of rights and interests of farmers, etc), the process of election of members executive body, needed requirements to accept new members, power and rights of executives and others. The organization can be established by two or more members.

The rights and obligations of members, the executive body, and the auditor of non-governmental organization shall be well regulated in the way that there is no conflict of rights and obligations as well as misunderstanding.

Ministry of justice is the main registration authority for the NGO constitution. Ukrainian and foreign individuals, companies, and organizations can be the founders or participants of Ukrainian NGO. The setup procedure is quite complicated as all the formalities must be performed. The registration process takes up to one month but usually, all the processes can be completed within two weeks.

There are 3 main forms of NGO in Ukraine, depending on the number ant the type of founders and members.

What is the cost of registration for NGO in Ukraine?

There is no state fee for establishing a non-profit organization. But the main expenses are a notary and legal services. Legal services cost depends on the number of members and the purposes of NGO. Also, the jurisdiction and the form of the founder (s) matters. In some cases, it takes more time to draft and to collect all required documents for NGO formation that the registration process.

Ukrainian legislation on non-governmental organization

Non-governmental organization or public association (by Ukrainian law) – is a voluntary association of individuals and/or legal entities (only of private law; governmental bodies can not establish) that is established for the purpose of promotion and protection of rights and freedoms, and for social, economic, cultural, environmental and other interests progress. The status of a public association is regulated by the Law of Ukraine “On Public Associations”.

NGO can be created in the form of a public organization or in the form of a public union. A public organization is a public association whose founders and members (participants) are individuals (citizens). A public union is a public association whose founders and members (participants) are legal persons of private law, and members (participants) may be legal persons of private law and individuals.

Public association with the status of a legal entity is a non-entrepreneurial and non-profit organization, the main purpose of which is not to make a profit.

NGO in Ukraine can have the auditor of the organization. Such a body can be established in order to control the spending as well as bookkeeper and CEO. Usually, all the financial transactions are made by the executive officer of the organization. Auditor as the body of organization can be approved if members do want to oversee expenses of NGO.

By Ukrainian law, NGO is exempt from taxation by VAT, income and corporate tax. All funds received by the organization that was used properly are exempt from taxation. The non-governmental organization shall obtain non-profit status from the tax authority. In such a way all the financing received from the members and charities is not taxable.

Since 2014 the level of democracy and transparency in Ukraine has grown significantly. NGO as the tool of public control and power has a very important mission. The same is mentioned at United Nations – Ukraine.

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