Non-governmental Organizations

According to Article 1 of the Law of Ukraine "On public associations" non-governmental association is a voluntary association of individuals and / or legal entities of private law formed for providing human rights and freedoms, social satisfaction, in particular economic, social, cultural, environmental, and other interests.

Non-governmental association can be created of one of the following legal form: non- governmental organization or non-governmental union.

Non-governmental organization is the public association the founders and members (participants) of which are individuals.

Non-governmental union is public association founded by legal entities of private law with members (participants) - legal entities of private law and private individuals.

Non-governmental association can carry out activities with status of legal entity or without such status. Non-governmental association with legal entity status is a non-profit association; its main purpose is not receiving profit. Non-governmental associations are formed and operate on the principles of voluntariness, self-government, free choice of territory of activity, equality before the law, no property interest of their members (participants), transparency, openness and publicity. Non-governmental associations independently determine the area of ​​the activity, except the cases determined by law. The founders of non-governmental association shall be citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons who stay in Ukraine on legal grounds of 18 years old and over, for youth and children's organization – persons of 14 years old and over.

The founders of non-governmental association can be legal entities of private law, including associations with legal entity status. The founders of non-governmental association can not be political parties, as well as legal person against whom a decision on their termination is made or which are in the process of termination. Number of founders of non-governmental association shall be not less than two persons.

The establishment of non-governmental association is executed at the meeting of its founders and is put in the form of protocol.

Non-governmental associations are to be registered or report about their formation within 60 days of the date of constituent meeting.


Download Procedure for registration of non-governmental organization in Ukraine, the list of documents.