2015-03-30 19:30
Seoul to help foreigners set up nonprofit organizations
By Jung Min-ho

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) plans to make it easier for foreigners to set up nonprofit organizations.

From April, the city government will provide consulting services every quarter for foreigners who need legal knowledge about forming nonprofit organizations. Also, it plans to provide them with gathering places for their work.

Only two of the city’s 1,870 nonprofit organizations are made up of at least 20 percent foreigners, largely because of the complex procedures involved and language issues, the SMG said.

To receive the legal services, at least 30 people must sign documents proving they are interested in forming a nonprofit organization in the public interest. Also, the proportion of foreigners for any prospective group must be at least 50 percent.

Once registered, the nonprofit organizations can receive benefits such as tax reductions and SMG subsidies for their participation in city government projects.

“Through the support, we aim to encourage more activities for public interests. We also want foreigners to feel more a part of the society,” Jung Young-joon, a SMG official said. “We will continue to support them so that they can successfully settle down here.”

Applications should be submitted by the end of December. For more information, contact SMG’s office of women and family affairs (02-2133-5065).