Check the Status of a Non-Profit Organization
Checking the status of an NPO is quite easy, and can be done online. Head over to www.npo.gov.za and look for the “Search the NPO Register” search box on the right side of the screen (figure 1). Enter the name or the registration number of the organization and you can instantly search the 165,000+ organizations that are registered with the Department of Social Development.
The results screen (figure 2) will provide confirmation of the NPO’s registration status. If the information you provided matches more than one organization then all possible matches will be displayed (figure 3). Clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the left of each row of results will provide more detailed information about that NPO, including details of the various office bearers and contact information (figure 4). Since it is quite likely that criminals will use genuine NPO information to draw up documentation it is advisable to pick up the phone and call to make sure that your donation will in fact make it to the organization.