This article, FAQ – All About Nonprofits in Israel, will briefly address many issues about establishing, managing and financially providing for an Israeli nonprofits.  Israeli amutot, or nonprofits, are regulated by the Israeli Corporations Authority  How Do I Register an Israeli Non-Profit (Amuta) or Public-benefit company (Cheletz)?  Israeli nonprofits associations (“amutot”, or the singular “amuta” or “amutah”)…

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How Do You Register a Public-Benefit Company in Israel? Registering a public-benefit company is a slightly more complicated process than registering an association or company. For example, a non-profit organization is established for a purpose that is officially defined at the time of establishment, and the list of possible goals of a public-benefit company is…

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Whether promoting US-Israel cooperation, helping Israeli-Arabs and\or Palestinians, or engaging in politically neutral work, many international non-profit organizations want to establish a branch in the Holy Land. American, European and other foreign organizations work in Israel on a wide variety of local and international causes. Legally operating as a foreign NGO in Israel requires proper…

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This article will discuss opening a bank account in Israel, specifically for an amuta or cheletz (non-profit organizations), as this is the most frequent inquiry we receive regarding bank accounts. We also include links to two videos addressing opening a bank account for non-profits or foreign entities.  When to Open a Bank Account It is…

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This article will discuss UAE NGO permits to the Palestinian Territories in the context of registering as a foreign NGO in Israel.  Often, international aid agencies seek to register as NGOs to provide humanitarian or other assistance to Gaza or the West Bank, and they seek to bring in workers for this purpose.  Here, we…

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Registration for foreign NGOs (non governmental organizations) operating in Israel is mandatory by Israeli law. Every NGO must register with the Registrar of Charitable Trust, aka the Registrar of Public Endowments, as a foreign company for the benefit of the public. The requirement is stated within section 345 (33) of the Companies Law, 1999. Despite…

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This article addresses the topic INGO fee exemption in Israel, in other words, B1 visa fee exemptions and double salary exemptions for international non-governmental organizations that are operating in Israel.   INGO Fee Exemption in Israel There are particular exemptions that are relevant for international non-governmental organizations, particularly as they relate to the annual B1…

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Why should you register a synagogue as a non-profit organization? Registering a synagogue as an Amuta helps a socially and publicly active synagogue receive exemptions or discounts on its VAT, income, and municipal taxes (Arnona). Any synagogue with a significant financial turnover that is funded by donations from worshipers and public institutions will save a…

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Registering a Foreign Company Nonprofit If you represent an international NGO abroad, that is, a nonprofit organization registered outside of Israel, and you wish to operate within Israel, you may consider registering a foreign company nonprofit as an extension of your corporation in Israel at Israel’s Ministry of Justice Corporations Authority. This Series of Articles Cohen,…

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