A non-profit company is a company incorporated for public benefit or other objective relating to one or more of cultural, social activities, communal or group interest.

The income and property of a non-profit company is not distributed to its incorporators, members, directors, officers or persons relating to any of them and must be used to advance the purpose for which it was created, as set out in its memorandum of incorporation. A non-profit company must have at least three incorporators and three directors and may be registered with or without members. A non-profit company is not required to have members. The members of a non-profit company are persons who participate in the activities of the non-profit company, such as members of a church or a pension fund. Non-profit companies registered without members, may be registered with a standard or a customized Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI). There are three types of non-profit companies that can be registered at CIPC.

All companies must have a Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) which sets out the rules agreed to for the management and maintenance of the business.  The standard MOI is provided by law and is integrated into the company registration process (click here to preview a standard MOI).

A Non-Profit Company must have a name and cannot register with its registration number with (South Africa) as suffix as its name.

Note: If you wish to receive grants or donor-funding, you are required to register with the Department of Social Development.  Non-profit companies registered with the Department of Social Development can apply for funding at the National Lottery Board.

Non-Profit Company without members and with standard MOI: Non-Profit Company without members and with standard MOI may only be registered via BizPortal, at a self-service terminal, or E-Services.

Click here for the Step by Step Guide: Name Reservations.

Click here for the Step by Step Guide:  Registration of Non Profit Company (NPC) without members with a Standardised Memorandum of Incorporation (CoR 15.1C Registration).

Non-Profit Company without members and with customised MOI: Non-Profit Company without members and with customised MOI may be registered manually.

When customising the MOI, incorporators may decide to adopt a long-form MOI, which is already set out and allows the business person to select certain preferences, or may adopt their own MOI, with or without certain ring fenced provisions.

Non-Profit Company with members: Non-Profit Company with members may be registered manually.

Click here for the CIPC service standards. Service Standard is dependent on payment for the transaction being made.

For enquiry send an email to: (only after the indicated service standard has lapsed).

Checklist for registration of a Non profit company: