Legal forms of philanthropic organizations included in the law: Association
Main social issues addressed by these organizations: Basic Needs, Food, Human Rights, Religion, Water and Sanitation
Average time established by law to register a philanthropic organization: 0-30 days
Average cost for registering a philanthropic organization: USD 10
According to the Article 2 of the Association Registration Act, “Association” means an association, institution, club, circle, council, study centre, etc. established for the purpose of developing and extending social, religious, literary, cultural, scientific, educational, intellectual, philosophical, physical, economical, vocational and philanthropic activities, and also includes the friendship association. Costs to register an association is NPR 1000 (equivalent to USD 10 or less, depending on the exchange rate).
Government levels primarily regulating the incorporation of philanthropic organizations: Central/Federal Government, Local Government
So far, the Association Registration Act (an umbrella Act) is applicable to regulate all civil society organizations (CSOs), including philanthropic organizations. It is applicable across 77 districts through the District Administration Office that represents the federal government. However, the federal constitution authorizes all local government to formulate acts to regulate CSOs locally.