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Thailand Non-Governmental Organizations – Associations

Two types of charitable organizations (know internationally as Non-Governmental Organizations, or NGOs) may be registered in Thailand: Foundations and Associations.

Associations (samakon) may be created for continuously and collectively conducting any lawful activity other than sharing profits or incomes earned. Associations (like foundations) may engage in activities beneficial to the public, however, by definition associations are organizations of members who act together to achieve specified objectives. Associations are appropriate for sports organizations or other groups of people who share similar interests.

An Association is registered under Thailand law with the Thailand Ministry of Interior. An Association requires an official name, listed objectives, official address, rules, and member fees.

Rules of membership and membership fees must be specified when an association is formed. Associations must file annual reports with the appropriate Thailand government ministries including an income and expense audit report certified by an accountant and a copy of the minutes of the annual meeting.