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Israeli Amutah – Name, Logo, Objectives

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Israeli rules and regulations for Israeli nonprofit organizations (or Israeli amutah in singular and amutot in plural) can be confusing.  In this article we address various issues about how an Israeli amutah should use its name and logo.  Additionally we discuss the objectives of the Israeli amutah.

This Series of Posts

Our law office specializes in a variety of fields, including Israeli nonprofit law. This article is one in a series about NGOs, nonprofits or charitable organizations in Israel.  This information can help you better understand the rules and regulations to properly run an Israeli nonprofit organization.

For more information on the Israeli Corporations Authority which oversees Israeli nonprofit organizations, see the government website.  For more articles from an Israeli lawyer and legal advice for Israeli nonprofit organizations related to the topic of this article, see our articles about record keeping, a certificate of proper management and requirements when submitting documents.

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How to Use the Israeli Amutah’s Name

The amutah must always use its full name as it appears in its certificate of registration in all material signed or published by the amutah.  An amutah may not use different names for different purposes.  In addition to this, one of these terms should follow the name of the amutah: R.A. (standing for Registered Amutah), Registered Amutah or just Amutah.

The Israeli Amutah’s Logo

If the amutah would like to use its name in its logo, it may do so without the accompanying “R.A.” or the other variations.  It may only do so if the logo does not mislead others.   However, all an amutah’s documents must include the term “R.A.” (or one of the similar terms) indicating its status.  When writing the amutah’s name, “R.A.,” Registered Amutah or Amutah  must appear prominently on organizational letterhead or other documentation.

The Objectives of the Israeli Amutah

When applying with the Registrar of Amutot to register an organization, it is necessary to list a series of amutah objectives which the Registrar has on file.  These objectives can also be recorded and updated with the Registrar at some other time.  At the same time, it is important to make sure that the nonprofit organization’s (amutah’s) objectives match the objectives registered with the Registrar of Amutot.  If for some reason the objectives are different, the amutah will have to obtain court approval before registering with the Registrar.

An amutah is required to fulfill its clearly defined objectives and is not permitted to engage in any activity that does not meet its objectives, even if these actions provide important public services.  If an amutah cannot meet some of its own objectives, then those specific objectives need to be removed.  In order to add or remove objectives that seem to overlap too closely with an amutah’s current objectives, the amutah may meet at a General Assembly and discuss resolutions that will then need to be assessed by the Registrar of Amutot.  In order to add or remove objectives that are different from those already listed in the amutah’s official objectives, the amutah must receive court approval.  Additionally the Executive Board must bring the issue to the General Assembly to make sure that donor funds which were granted for specific objectives are still met.  Objectives are only valid once they are registered with the Registrar.

In the event that an amutah is not promoting its objectives, the amutah will not be able to receive a certificate of proper management.  In order to receive it, the amutah will need to prove that it will function as prescribed in Israel’s amutah rules and regulations.

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Contact us today if you have any questions about how to use the name and logo of your NGO, non-governmental organization or nonprofit organization (whether an amutah or cheletz) in Israel.  Also, if you have any questions about your amutah’s objectives and their implications, we would be happy to help.

Advocate Joshua Pex specializes in Israeli nonprofit law and would be happy to discuss the needs of your nonprofit organization.

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