Nonprofit organization registration in Estonia
(nonprofit organization - in Estonian MitteTulundusÜhing - abbrevated - MTÜ)
The main purpose of a NPO is not to earn an income from economic activity but it can be economically active, hold a (bank) account, enter into contracts and pay salaries.
The income of a NPO may be used only to achieve the goals specified in its articles of association. A NPO shall not distribute profits among its members (may not pay dividends).
Nonprofit organization (NPO) must have
- At least 2 members (natural or legal persons)
- At least one board member - only natural persons
- Registered address in Estonia
Required data and documents
- Name of the NPO
- The purpose (activity) of the NPO
- NPO's e-mail address
- Passport copies, addresses, e-mail addresses of all board members (directors)
- Passport copies, addresses and e-mail addresses of all members
If the members are legal persons (a company):
then we need documented info - name, reg number and address of the company
As a rule we create the NPO and later transfer the membership and management board membership to final members and change the board members.
Registration process usually takes up to 1 week. Transfer of the NPO takes 1 day in case you visit Estonia and few weeks if it is done remotely (without visiting Estonia).
Filing changes in register takes maximum 1 week.
Accounting of the NPO
The management board organizes the accounting of NPO. Accounting is similar to the limited liability company (OÜ).