NGO Structuring

The Challenge: NGO Structuring

In China, regulatory barriers to registration often complicate the efforts of NGOs to become established entities. Many are forced to either remain off the books entirely and accept donations through personal bank accounts, or register as a for-profit entity and find ways to reduce their tax burden. Neither are ideal. When approached by a well-known locally-established foreign-managed NGO on how to overcome the regulatory hurdles present in China, while maintaining full compliance, Collective Responsibility helped develop legal and accounting NGO structuring that matched the domestic and overseas needs.

The Program

  • Gained an understanding of NGO’s operational model (issues, geographic region(s), and size).
  • Developed an understanding of current and future funding inflows (sources, size of donation, and outflows).
  • Provided strategic counsel with legal experts and local officials.
  • Created and developed presentation of viable options to NGO leadership.

Outcomes & Impact

  • NGO gained legal status in China, with fully localized director and board of advisors.
  • Funding increased 200% in the year following, with stabilized programming and segmented program pitches.
  • Programs have since stabilized and scaled in impact.

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