As one of the countries with slow economic development, high unemployment rates, and escalating birth rates, the Philippines has remained in the third-world country category. However, the beauty of the country, the resiliency, and the positive outlook of the average Filipino have inspired numerous local and foreign citizens to give back to the Philippines.
Some supporters have expressed interest in building houses for the homeless, while some want to collect scholarship funds for children. Others may want to do voluntary services or good deeds for the citizens.
Those who wish to extend help for the long term should first start a non-profit organization or a foundation that focuses on performing charitable acts in the Philippines.
Under the Philippine law, if you want to create an organization to extend help, you can establish a non-profit company. Under this category, you can create a foundation or a non-stock non-profit company. A non-stock non-profit company can benefit from income tax exemption under Section 30 of the Tax Code provided that it meets certain conditions.
For a non-profit company to be tax-exempt, it should:
- Establish that its income or properties do not profit any of its representatives;
- Should not run to cater to the personal interests of certain people such as the founders of the company; and
- Should cater to a public and not a private goal, specifically charitable, civic service, cultural, educational, fraternal, literary, professional, religious, scientific, social, or related goals, such as agricultural, trade, industry, and comparable departments or a mix of those mentioned.
Let’s take a look at the differences between a foundation and a non-stock non-profit organization below:
Non-Stock Non-Profit Organization
Funds Come From
|Obtained from government agencies, foundations, individual contributions and others||Secured from the founders|
|Grants||Do not create grants for other non-profit organizations||Create grants to other charities|
|Employee Compensation||Most workers are volunteers and do not get paid||Workers get paid regular wages|
|Challenges||Relies on other foundations for funds||Acquire funds from founders|
|Board||Managed by a board of members for direction||Managed primarily by its donors|
Advantages of a Non-Stock Non-Profit Organization over a Foundation
Both types of non-profit government have their own merits. However, after careful research, we have found Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) to be the more beneficial choice of the two. Below are some of the advantages of creating an NPO:
- No minimum contribution is necessary for registration with non-stock, non-profit organizations (NPOs). In comparison, foundations require a minimum initial capital of One Million Pesos (P1,000,000.00). The bank deposited capital will be evidenced with a Notarized Certificate of Bank Deposit issued by the same bank.
- NPOs are more flexible regarding the source of funds, while foundations are funded chiefly by their founders.
- NPOs are not required to indicate “non-profit organization” in their corporate name, unlike foundations where the word “foundation” is required to appear in its corporate name.
- A non-profit exists as its own legal entity and therefore holds its mission above the interests of individual founders/members (incorporation)
- Donors of non-stock non-profit organizations enjoy one hundred percent (100%) deductible expenses and thirty percent (30%) tax exemption.
Need help in starting a Non-Profit Organization?
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