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Draft Law on Associations and Foundations

Draft Law on Associations and NGOs
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Current Bylaw of Associations and
NGOs Government’
Proposed Draft Law Special Committee’s Proposed Draft Law Remarks
Article One: Definitions

The following expressions and terms
will have the corresponding meanings
unless the context means otherwise.

The Ministry: Ministry of Social Affairs.
The Minister: Minister of Social
Affairs.
Non ‐government Associations and
Foundations Council: It is a Council that
is formed by a decision by the Minister,
which is entitled to supervise all non ‐
government associations and
foundations.
Statute: The Non‐government
associations and foundations.
The Executive Bylaw: The Statute’s
Executive Bylaw. Chapter
One
Definitions, objectives and Classifications

Article One: Definitions:

The following expressions and terms ‐
wherever mentioned in the system will have
the following meanings unless the context
means otherwise;
1. Statute: The non ‐government
associations and foundations.
2. Bylaw: The Executive Bylaw of this
statute.
3. Authority: The National Authority
for non ‐government associations
and foundations.
4. The Board: The National
Authority Board of non‐
government associations and
foundations.
5. Association: an NGO whether it is
intended for a public service or to
serve specialized or professional
people.
6. Foundation: a NGO foundation,
within this meaning it includes
non ‐government funds in all
types.
7. Federations: Typical federations
of associations and foundations
which have similar activities.
8. Basic Bylaw : Basic bylaw of a
association or foundation or
federation.
9. Funds : an associations Support
fund.
10. Public benefit : an attribute
assigned by the Board to
associations which is proved that
its work intend to achieve a public
benefit. The
section and title
have been given to the
section. Some other
definitions have been
deleted which do not
match with the statute
after being amended
like: the Ministry,
Minister, also some
new additions have
been added.
Article Two: The objectives of Statute:
This law aims at the following:
1. Organizing, developing, and
protecting non‐government
activities.
2. Contributing to national
development;
3. Empowering citizens and
enhancing its partnership in
administrating and developing the
society.
4. Activating the culture of
volunteerism among community
members.
5. Achieving social solidarity. New
article:
It has been added to
explain the objective
and aspirations from
this law.
Article Two:
The charitable association aims at
providing social services ‐ cash and
in kind‐ and educational, cultural,
health services which have
relations to human relation,
without intending material profits.
The statute will set forth its
objectives. It is banned for an Article
Two:
An association is considered as an
association, in applying provisions of
this statute, every organized group
which continues for a specific or
unspecific period, comprised of natural
or legal persons, or both of them, and
not intended for profit, but in order to
achieve a purpose of good, solidarity,
The Article Two of the
draft law of the
Government was
included in the Article
Three of the
Committee.

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association to go beyond its
defined objectives or entering into
financial speculations. religious
or social, cultural, health or
educational, professional or creative or
to provide human services, either it is
for moral or material assistance or
technical experience.
Article Three:
Associations and foundations are
classified for the purposes of this
statute according to the following:
First: Non‐ government associations:
A Non ‐government association is
considered as NGO, in applying this
statute provisions, every organized
group which continues for a specific or
unspecific period, comprised of natural
or legal persons, or both of them, and
not intending for profit, but in order to
achieve a purpose of good, solidarity,
religious or social, cultural, health or
educational, professional or creative
services or to provide human services,
either for moral or material assistance
or technical experience or others, and
whether such activity is oriented for
public service like the public benefit or
directed to serve specialized, or
professional people such as
professional associations and scientific
or literary associations.

Second: Non‐ Government foundations:
A non ‐government foundation is, in
applying the objectives of this statute,
any entity founded by person or
persons of legal or natural personality,
or both, and has the attribute of
continuity for specific or unspecific
period, and does not intend for profit,
and to achieve a purpose or more of
public benefit; and it depends on
allocated money given by its founder
or founders.
All non‐government funds are
considered non‐government
foundations.

Chapter Two

National Authority for Association and
Foundation:
Article Four:

Under the provisions of this statute, a
body called “The National Authority for
National Associations and Foundations,
will be established, and will have legal
personality with an independent
budget, connected with the Prime
Minister, whose headquarters will be
the city of Riyadh. It will have the right
to establish branches or offices across
the Kingdom when necessary.
New Chapter

This chapter together
with its articles has
been added to organize
the activities of the
associations and
foundations in order to
achieve intended
flexibility.
Article Five:
The Authority should have an annual
independent budget which should be
prepared and issued according to the
arrangements of issuing the State
General Budget. The Financial Year
starts and ends in parallel with the
state fiscal budget. Government
allocated aids are incorporated in this
budget, and the First Fiscal Year of the
Authority will start from the date of
being established and ends in parallel
with the state fiscal year.

Article Six:
Tasks of the Authority :

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The Authority is the body responsible
for the affairs of associations and
foundations and federations within the
provisions of this statute and other
relevant ones. It has the right to take at
its discretion any necessary decisions
which achieve the objectives of this
statute, specifically:
1. Registration and issuing
licenses to associations,
foundations, federations.
2. Providing government aids
to registered associations.
3. To follow the performance
of associations and non ‐
government foundations,
and federations including
financial control. The
bylaw will set rules for
this.
4. To work to develop
associations and
foundations.
5. Support and activate
research, studies, and
organizing conferences
and symposiums, either
individually or in
collaboration with other
similar foundations in non ‐
government activity.
6. To approve basic bylaws
of associations,
foundations, and
federations.
7. To take decisions on
merging associations and
foundations whatever the
type of association or
foundation.
8. To set and approve
necessary rules for
coordination among the
official agencies, and
associations, foundations
and federations within
and outside the Kingdom,
according to this statute.
9. To set and approve
necessary financial and
administrative regulations
to manage the affairs of
the Authority.
10. To set and approve a
regulatory regulation for
donation receipt and its
mechanisms.




























The
paragraph (10) was
added based on the
minutes signed
between the head of
the Social Affairs &
Youth Committee and
the Chairman of
Committee and after
the approval of the
committees, provided
that the task of
donation receipt
should be assigned to
the National Authority.
Article Seven: The Board
The Board is the higher body in the
Authority to organize non ‐government
activities and control it according to
this statute provisions: The Board will
be as follows:
1. One of the Cabinet Member is to
be nominated by a royal decree.
2. Representatives of government
sectors whose ranks are not less
than fourteen according to the
following:
‐ Representative of Ministry
of Social Affairs ‐
member
‐ Representative of the
Ministry of Islamic Affairs
and Endowment, and Call

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And Guidance ‐ member
‐ Representative of Ministry
of Higher Education
‐ Representative of Ministry
of Interior ‐ member
‐ Representative of Ministry
of Trade ‐ member
3. Representatives of non ‐
government sectors who
have previous
experiences, according to
the following:
‐ Three represent non ‐
government associations
directed to the public
service…..members
‐ Two represent the
professional associations
two members
‐ Two represent scientific
associations ‐ two
members
‐ Two represent non‐
government foundations
two members
‐ Representative of
Chamber of Commerce
member
The Chairman of Board will designate a
deputy from the Board members. The
Board has the right to invite anybody
that he deems to have his assistance,
provided that he has no right to vote.
The Board members are to be
appointed by a decision by the Council
of Ministers based on the nomination
the Chairman of Board for four years
which should be renewed for once. If
their post has been vacant for any
reason, a replacement should take his
position based on the nomination of
the Chairman of Board. Awards for
attending the sessions of the Board by
a decision from the Council of
Ministers.
4. The Board assembles at
least four times per year
based on an invitation by
its Chairman. The Board
meetings will be valid only
when more than half
number attended,
provided that the
chairman should be
among them. The Board
should issue its decisions
by the majority of its
members. In the event of
the votes are even, the
chairman side will win.
5. The Board has the right to
hold emergency meetings
if three of its members
have applied for inviting
the Board to discuss any
new situations that
require a decision from
the Board.

Article Eight: Secretary General

The Authority should have a Secretary
General in the excellent rank that
should be made by a royal order based
on the nomination of the Chairman of
Board. The bylaw will set its tasks and

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responsibilities. Article Nine
Associations Support Fund
1. According to this statute,
A Fund called (Association
Support Fund) will be
established, connected
with the council, whose
responsibility is to support
the associations programs
and developing them,
according to the Fund
Bylaw.
2. Fund Resources:
a. Appropriations
allocated in the
state budget.
b. Donations, gifts,
endowments.
c. Disposal money,
and alike, held with
banks, financial
institutions and
companies and
others.
d. Money which are
devolved to the
Fund after an
association being
dissolved.
e. Returns on Fund’s
resource
investments.
f. State’s allocated
returns from fees
and taxes.
















Disposal money means
the moneys which are
gained by illegitimate
dealings.

The Board will issue an independent
bylaw for the Fund in which it outlines
the method of Fund Management and
its moneys and states disbursement
rules.
Article
One:

The Charitable Association is
established if twenty persons or
more, Saudi nationals, in full
capacity, have not been convicted
for any dishonoring felony, or
trust ‐breaching, unless they had
been reinstated, after the approval
of the Minister of Labor and Social
Affairs to its establishment.

Article Four:
The Ministry of Labor and Social
Affairs gives a certificate from the
special record, that contains
registration date, its number,
publishing date, and headquarters
of the Association.
Article Three:

1. An association is
established if twenty Saudi
persons or more, in their
full capacity, conviction‐
free from any dishonoring
felony or trust ‐breach
unless they were
reinstated, have applied
for its establishment. The
association will have legal
personality after being
registered into the special
record which is prepared
by the Ministry for this
purpose. Its basic bylaw
will be published in the
official gazette, and
registration should not be
made if its basic bylaw
contains provisions that
contradicts with this
statute provisions or other
ones, or that contravenes
the public order or
contrary to public morals
of the community. Chapter
Three
Non‐ Government Associations

Article Ten: Association Establishment:
2. An association is established if ten
Saudi persons or more, in their
full capacity, conviction‐ free from
any dishonoring felony or
breaching trust unless they were
reinstated, have applied for its
establishment. These who can
constitute the founded general
assembly.
3. The Association will have legal
personality after the approval of
the Authority for registration and
its basic bylaw will be published in
the official gazette and one of the
local newspapers.

Registration will not be allowed if the basic
bylaw has included provisions contradictory
with the provisions of this statute (or
provisions of Islamic Sharia) or that contradict
the pubic order or contrary with the public
morals.
Article
One:
A charitable association is
established if an application is
made by twenty persons or more,
Saudi nationals, in full capacity,
non ‐conviction for any dishonoring

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felony, or trust ‐breaching, unless
they had been reinstated, after the
approval of the Minister of Labor
and Social Affairs to its
establishment.

Article Four:

The Ministry of Labor & Social
Affairs gives a certificate from the
special record, containing
registration date, its number,
publishing date, and headquarters
of the Association.
Article Three:
The Association can establish
branches only after the approval of
the Ministry of Labor and Social
Affairs. The branch should be
registered and any amendments to
the basic statute according to the
previous provisions. Article
Five:
The Association has the right to
establish branches within the Kingdom
after the approval of the Ministry. The
Association’s basic bylaw will outline
the method of establishing these
branches and its specialties and other
provisions. Article
Eleven: Establishing branches.

The Association has the right to establish
branches within the Kingdom, with sending a
notice to the Authority. The Basic Bylaw will
outline the method of forming these branches
and its specialties and other provisions. The
sentence was
“amended” after the
approval of the
Ministry to “with
advising the Authority”
in order to be
compatible with the
spirit of the statute.
Article Six:
The Association consists from the
following entities:
1. General Assembly;
2. The Board;
3. The permanent
committees which are
formed by the general
assembly or the
Board, provided that
the specialty of each
committee should be
defined by the
decision for which has
been issued. Chapter
Two

Administrative and Financial Structure
Article Six:
1. The General Assembly;
2. The Board;
3. The permanent
Committees which are
formed by the General
Assembly or the Board,
provided that the
responsibilities of each
committee should be
defined by a decision for
which has been issued. Article
Twelve:
The Association consists of the following
bodies:
1. The General Assembly;
2. The Board;
3. The permanent committees which
are formed by the general
assembly or the Board, provided
that the responsibilities of each
committee should be determined
by the decision “issued for its
formation”.
4. The Executive Body. The
paragraph (4) has
been added because
the Executive Body is
an integral part of the
Association’s Bodies.
Article Five:
The Association’s Basic Statute
should include the following data
and provisions, particularly:‐
1. Name of association,
its headquarter,
geographical scope of
its services.
2. The purpose for which
it has been
established;
3. The name of each
founding members,
his age, profession,
and residence.
4. Membership
conditions, its kinds,
members’ rights and
responsibilities.
5. Resources of
association and how
dispose it,
6. Determine the start
and end of the fiscal
year;
7. The methods of
financial monitoring.
8. Provisions related to
the authorities which
represent the
association, and the
competence of each
one, and how to select
each members, and
how to end their
members.
9. How to amend the
statute of the Article
Four:
The Association’s basic statute should
include the basic data and provisions,
especially the following:

1. The name of association,
headquarter, geographical
scope of its services.
2. The purpose for which it
has been established.
3. The full name of each
founding member, birth
date, profession, civil
register number, his
residence.
4. Membership conditions,
its kinds, the rights of
members and duties.
5. Resources of association
and how to disburse them.
6. Determine the start and
end of fiscal year.
7. Determine the number of
Board members and its
period, provided they do
not exceed four years.
8. Methods of financial
monitoring. Article
Thirteen: The Basic bylaw should
include basic data and provisions, especially
the following:
1. The name of association, its
headquarter, geographical scope
of services.
2. The purpose for which it has been
established.
3. The names of founders, their
personal data and number of civil
register and permanent
addresses.
4. Membership conditions, kinds,
rights of members and their
duties.
5. Association’s resources and how
to dispose them.
6. Determining the start and end of
the fiscal year.
7. Determining the number of Board
Members, its period, provided it
should not exceed four years and
to determine an election
mechanism within the
association.
8. Methods of financial monitoring.
9. Provisions related to the bodies
which represent the association,
the competence of each, and how
to examine their members, and
how to end their membership. The
paragraph No. (3)
has been re‐
formulated.


‐ The
sentence
“determini
ng election
mechanis
m within
the
Associatio
n” has
been
added to
the
paragraph
No. (7).
‐ The word
“Methods”
has been
changed
to
techniques
in the
beginning
of the
paragraph
No. (8).
‐ The
sentence
“establishi
ng
branches’
has been
deleted at
the end of

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Association and how
to merge and
establish branches.
10. Rules which are
followed in case of the
association is
voluntarily dissolved
and the agency to
which the moneys of
the association will be
devolved.
11. Any data which do not
contradict with the
provisions of this
bylaw and the
decisions issued
accordingly.
It is not allowed to
stipulate in the
Association’s statute
that its money should
be devolved, after
being dissolved, to
other than
associations, or
charitable associations
registered, which
work in the area of
the association which
has been dissolved.
The Minister of Labor
and Social Affairs will
issue a sample for the
basic statute, to be
taken as guidance by
charitable associations
in setting its basic
statutes. the
paragraph

(10), as
the basic
statute of
the
associatio
n should
be
addressed.
‐ The word
“Fund” has
been
added to
the end of
the
paragraph
No. (11) as
the fund is
one of
container
to which
the money
of the
Associatio
ns are
devolved
in case of
dissolution
.
Fourteen:
Association’s resources:
1. Association’s resources consist of
the following sources:
a. Membership fees, if any.
b. Returns of Associations’
activities.
c. Zakat to associations.
d. Donations, gifts and
endowment.
e. Investment returns from
the Association’s moneys. It
is not allowed to enter into
financial speculations.
f. Its government allocations;
g. Fund’s allocation for its
programs and
development;
h. Financial resources which
the association achieves
through managing a
foundation affiliated to the
government agencies, or
implementing some
projects or programs.
i. It is allowed to receive
foreign aids only after the
approval of the Authority
and the statute will
determine its controls. New
Article
Financial resources of
the Association are
determined, and the
controls on receiving
foreign aids through
the Authority.
Article Seven:
1. The general assembly
consists –except for
the founding general
assembly‐ of working
members who met
their commitments Article
Seven:
1. The general assembly
consists – except for the
founding general
assembly‐ of the working
members who met their
commitments towards the Article
Fifteen: General Assembly:
1. The General Assembly consists ‐
except for the founding general
association ‐ of the working
members who met their
commitments toward the
association and spent at least six The
committee has the
view to allow for the
members who spent six
months the
opportunity to actively
subscribe to activities
of the association or

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toward the
association and whose
membership passed
one year at least.
2. The General Assembly
holds its meetings in
the association’s
headquarters. It is
allowed to hold it in
another place after
the approval of the
Ministry of Labor and
Social Affairs.
3. The Ministry of Labor
and Social Affairs
should be informed of
every meeting by the
General Assembly
before its holding at
least 15 days earlier.
A copy of the letter of
invitation and the
agenda and also a
copy of the
documents of the
subjects included in
the agenda.
The Ministry has the right to
mandate someone to attend
the meeting. Also, the
Ministry should be provided
with a copy of the meeting’s
minutes in a period not
exceeds thirty days from the
date of the meeting’s end. association,
who spent at
least one year.
2. The general assembly
should hold a regular
meeting once a year
within a period not
exceeding three months
from the date end of the
fiscal year.
3. The regular meetings of
the General Assembly will
be held based on a written
invitation by the Chairman
of the Association Board,
that should contain the
agenda and the venue of
meeting and when, and
the time of meeting. The
Ministry and members
should be informed of the
invitation for meeting at
least fifteen days before
the scheduled date. The
Ministry can mandate
someone to attend the
meeting and the Ministry
should be provided with a
copy of the minutes of the
meetings within a period
not to exceed thirty days
from the meeting’s date. months.

2. The general assembly should hold
a regular meeting once a year
within a period not exceeding
three months from the date of
the fiscal year of the association.
3. The general assembly should hold
its meetings based on a written
invitation from the chairman of
the Association’s Board, which
includes the agenda, the venue of
meeting and when, and the time
of meeting, provided that the
Authority and association
members should be informed of
the invitation at least fifteen days
before the scheduled date. the
foundation, of
which the elections in
order to encourage the
working members.
‐ No
amendme
nt was
made to it.
‐ Amendme
nts to the
formulatio
n.
Article Eight:
The General Assembly is responsible
for the following:
a. To study the report of the
accounts controller on the
general budget and final
accounts of the
association for the ending
year and to endorse it
after being discussed.
b. To approve the proposed
estimated budget of the
new financial year.
c. To discuss the report of
the Board for the
associations’ activities for
the ending year and its
proposed plan for the new
financial year and taking
the right action.
d. To study the principle of
investing the money of the
association and proposing
its areas, except for entry
into financial speculation.
e. To elect the Board
members and renew their
membership.
f. To form permanent or
temporary committees.
g. To appoint an authorized
legal accountant to
control and review the
accounts of the
association.
h. To consider the subjects
provided by the Board
within the meeting’s
agenda. Article
Sixteen:
The General assembly is responsible for the
following:
1. To study the report of the
accounts controller on the
general budget and final accounts
of the association for the ending
fiscal year, and approving and
endorsing it after being discussed.
2. To approve the proposed
estimated budget for the new
fiscal year.
3. To discuss the report of the Board
about the activities of the
Association for the ending
financial year and the proposed
plan for the new financial year
and taking the right action.
4. To approve an investment plan
for the moneys of the association
and propose its fields.
5. To elect members of the Board
and renew their membership and
discharge the former Board.
6. To approve the formation of
permanent or temporary
committees.
7. To appoint authorized legal
accountant to control the
accounts of the association and to
review and determine his fees.
8. To consider the subjects provided
by the Board within the agenda of
the meeting.

The word “
and to
approve
it” was
added
based on
the
discussion.
‐ The
formulatio
n of the
paragraph
(4) was
revised to
be
“approve
an
investmen
t plan’
instead of
“studying
the
principle
of….
Because
the task of
the
general
assembly
is to
approve
the
aspects of
the
associatio
n’s
activities.

‐ “To

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determine
his fees”
has been
added to
the
paragraph
“7”
Article Nine:
It is permissible to invite the general
assembly to extraordinary meeting
based on a justified application from
the Ministry or the Board or based on
the request of one fourth of members
who have the right to attend the
general assembly. Article
Nine:
It is permissible to invite the general assembly
to extraordinary meeting based on a justified
application from the Authority or the Board or
based on the request of 25% of members who
have the right to attend the general assembly. ‐
The word
“Ministry”
has been
amended
to
“authority
” and the
word
“based”
was added
to make it
clear.
Article ten:
The extraordinary general assembly is
responsible for the following:
a. To decide resignations of
the Board or remove their
membership and fill
vacant positions.
b. To propose merger of an
association into another.
c. To rescind the decision of
the Board’s.
d. To revise association’s
basic bylaw;
e. To dissolve an association.
f. Other important and
urgent issues.
The decisions of the
extraordinary general assembly
in these cases by the majority of
two thirds of the attending
members. Article
Eighteen:
The extraordinary general
assembly is responsible for the
following:

1. To decide resignations of
the Board or remove their
membership and fill vacant
positions.
2. To propose the merger of
the association into
another.
3. To rescind the decision of
the Board’s.
4. To revise association’s basic
bylaw;
5. To dissolve an association.
No
amendment was
made to it. The second
part of the Article ten
mentioned in the
government draft
whose text is: The
decisions of the
extraordinary general
assembly are issued by
the majority of two
thirds of the present
members, was moved
to the paragraph (3) of
the Article (20) of the
committee’s draft.
Article Eleven:
It is not allowed for the ordinary or
extraordinary general assembly to
consider the unscheduled issues in the
agenda. Article
Nineteen:
It is not allowed for the ordinary or
extraordinary general assembly to consider
unscheduled issues in the agenda. No
amendment was
made.
Article Twelve

T he meeting of ordinary and
extraordinary general assembly is
considered legitimate if (51%) of its
working members have attended. If
the number is incomplete, it should be
postponed to another session to be
held within a period of at least one
hour and the maximum is fifteen days
from the date of the first meeting, as
per to the Executive Bylaw. The
meeting, in such a case, will be
legitimate if at least (25%) of the
working members attended. The
decisions are issued by the absolute
majority for the working numbers, and
all cases, the representative of the
Ministry should attend these meetings. Article
Twelve
1 ‐ The meeting of the ordinary and
extraordinary general assembly is
considered legitimate if (51%) of
the working members have
attended. If the number is
incomplete, it should be
postponed to another session to
be held within a period of at least
one hour and the maximum is
fifteen days from the date of the
first meeting and the meeting, in
such a case, will be legitimate if at
least (25%) of the working
members attended, for the extra ‐
ordinary association.
2 ‐ The decisions of the ordinary
general assembly are issued by
the absolute majority of the
attending members.
3 ‐ The decisions of the extra‐
ordinary general assembly are
issued by the majority of two
thirds of the attending members. ‐
The phrase
of “all
cases, a
representa
tive of the
Ministry
should
attend”
has been
deleted in
the last
part of this
article,
because it
is difficult
to apply in
the light of
this
statute
and the
huge
numbers
of
associatio
ns and
foundation
s.
‐ The phrase
was
moved

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from the
Article
Twelve of
the
governme
nt’s draft.
‐ This
phrase
was
moved
from the
Article Ten
of the
governme
nt’s draft,
because
the
general
assembly
is
discussing
very
important
issues of
the
Associatio
n.
Article Eight:

1. Members of the Association
Board are selected by the general
assembly by the secret vote, with
the presence of a representative of
the Ministry of Labor and Social
Affairs.

2. Association’s statute
sets the period of the
Board, provided it
should not exceed
four years.
3. The Ministry of Labor
and Social Affairs
should be notified of
the names of those
who will be
nominated for the
membership of the
Board, at least ninety
days before the
scheduled date of the
election of Board
members. If the
Ministry hasn’t sent
its comments within
thirty days before the
election date. This
would be considered
as an approval from
the Ministry for the
nomination.
It has “by the decision
of” eliminating the
result within fifteen
days from the date of
being notified. Article
Thirteen:
1 ‐ The ministry should be
notified of the names of
those who are nominated
for membership of the
Board at least sixty days
before the scheduled date
for the election of the
Board. If the Ministry has
not notified the
association of its
comments at least thirty
days before the election
day, it would be
considered as an approval
by the Minister. The
Ministry has the right to
mandate the person who
attend the election to
check that it is applicable
to the statute. It has, with
justified decision, the right
to rescind the result of the
election within fifteen
days from the date of
being notified.
2 ‐ The general assembly
elects the association’s
Board members through
the secret voting.
3 ‐ The Minister has the right
to appoint three of the
Board members, provided
the number should exceed
the third of members.
4 ‐ The Minister should be
provided with a copy of
the meeting of each
session of the Board and
its taken decisions within
ten days from its issuance.
The Ministry has the right
to protest against these
decisions within twenty
days from notification
date.
5 ‐ The Executive Bylaw states
the rules of work progress Article
Twenty One:
1 ‐ The general assembly elects the
members of the Board of the
Association through the secret
voting for four years which is
renewable for once only.
2 ‐ The Authority has the right to
mandate someone to attend the
election process to make sure the
election process is run according
to the basic regulation. ‐
Part of the
governme
nt’s draft
was
sufficient
and the
remaining
was
deleted,
with aim
of giving
the
associatio
ns more
independe
nce,
flexibility.
The phrase
“four
years and
renewable
for once”
was added
to the
second
part of the
article, for
the
importanc
e of
involving
new
experience
into the
associatio
n activity.
The paragraphs (4,3)
of the government’s
draft because the
election and veto to
the decision is the
association’s right.

‐ The
content of
the
paragraph
(5) of the

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in the Board. governme
nt draft
has been
mentioned
in the
article
Thirteen of
the
committee
’s draft.
4. The Minister of Labor
and Social Affairs
should be provided
with a copy of the
minutes of each
meeting of the
Board’s session, and
its taken decision
within ten days from
issuance date. The
Ministry has the right
to protest against
such decisions within
twenty days from
being notified.
5. The Executive rules of
these regulation
should state the rules
of work progress in
the council.
3‐ The authority has the right to
protest the results of election if
some violations have been made
to this statute or its Executive
Regulation or the basic regulation
of the Association within fifteen
days from being notified of the
result.
4 ‐ It is not allowed to work for the
association and to be a Board
Member.
Article
Nine:
The Minister of Labor and Social
Affairs has the right to appoint a
temporary board for the
association when it is required by
the interest and objectives of the
Association. Article
Fourteen:
With the consideration of the basic
bylaw of the Association, the Minister
has the right ‐ with justified decision ‐ to
appoint a temporary board for the
association, to take over the
responsibilities authorized for its
administration in the basic bylaw, in
the following cases:
a. If the number of the
Board members is
incomplete to hold
with a formal
quorum due to
resignation or death
or default to attend
three consecutive
sessions without a
reasonable excuse,
and it was
impossible to
complete the
number of members
according to the
provisions of the
basic regulation.
b. If the Board has
violated any
provision of this
statute or the basic
bylaw, and did not
remove the reasons
of violation within
one month from the
date of the
Minister’s written
notice.

The temporary Board should invite the
general assembly to hold within sixty
days from being formed, and present
to it a detailed report on the status of
the Association. In this case, the
general assembly should elect a new
board. The task of the temporary Article
Twenty two:
1. The Board can ‐ with a justified
reason ‐ appoint a temporary
board for the association to take
over duties authorized to its
administration in the basic
regulation, in the following two
cases:
a. If the number of the Board
members is incomplete to hold
with formal quorum due to
resignation or death or default for
attending three consecutive
sessions without a reasonable
excuse; and it was impossible to
complete the number of
members according to the basic
regulation provisions.
b. If the Board violated any provision
of this statute or its Executive
bylaw or the provisions of the
basic bylaw of the association and
has not removed the reasons of
violation within one month of the
written warning made by the
Authority.

The temporary Board should invite the general
assembly to hold within sixty days from being
formed, and to present to it a detailed report
on the status of the Association. In this case,
the general assembly should elect a new
board. The task of the temporary board will
end by the election of the new Board.
2. The former Board has the right to
lodge a complaint before the
competent court within fifteen
days from date of notification. ‐
The
sentence
“with the
considerati
on of the
provision
of the
basic
regulation
of the
associatio
n”
mentioned
in the
governme
nt’s draft
has been
deleted.
The word
“for the
board” has
been
replaced
instead of
“for the
minister” .
This
authority
has been
given to
the
Authority
Board
instead of
the
authority
of the
Minister.
‐ The
paragraph
No. (2) has
been
added to
give the
Board the

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board will end by the election of the
new Board. right
of
lodging a
complaint
before the
competent
court.
Article Ten:
The association’s board should
provide the Ministry of Labor and
Social Affairs a copy of the final
accounts for the past financial year
and a copy of the estimated
budget for the new year in the
time scheduled by the executive
rules singed by the chairman of
board or his deputy and the
Cashier and the Association’s
accountant and the Secretary
General. Article
Fifteen:
The association’s board should provide
the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
a copy of the final accounts for the past
financial year and a copy of the
estimated budget for the new year in
the time scheduled by the executive
rules singed by the chairman of the
Board or his deputy and the Cashier
and the Association’s accountant,
attached by a copy of the minutes
approved by the Association’s Board. Article
Twenty three:
The Association’s Board should provide the
Authority an annual detailed report on the
ending financial year within three months
from the end of the financial year approved by
the general assembly, including the activities
of the Association, and the full financial report
approved by the auditor of the accounts and a
copy of the estimated budget for the new
year. The
word “authority”
has been added instead
of the word (the
Ministry). The article
was reformulated and
some details were
removed and referred
to the regulation.
‐ The phrase
“within
three
months)
has been
added.
Article Eleven:
The association should:
1 ‐ Maintain at its
headquarters its own
documents,
corresponding,
registers according to
the Executive Rules of
this bylaw. .
2 ‐ To register into a
special record the
name of each
member, age,
profession, address,
the date of joining to
the association, his
contributions, and any
change that comes up
to this data.
3 ‐ To register in a special
record the minutes of
the association’s
sessions, and the
Board, its decisions
and the decisions
issued by the head of
the Association by
authorization from
the Board. Each
member of the
Association has the
right to see such
registers.
4 ‐ To record its accounts
in books, that state in
detail, the
expenditures,
revenues including
donations and its
sources.
5 ‐ To have an authorized
legal accountant.
6 ‐ To deposit its moneys
in its name with one
of the banks in the
Kingdom, and
withdrawal would be
made only by the
signature of two
officials in the
Association, and the
executive rules
determine those
officials.
7 ‐ To mention its names, Article
Sixteen:
The association should:
1. Maintain at its
headquarters its own
documents,
corresponding, registers
according to the Executive
Rules of this regulation.
2. To register into a special
record the name of each
member, age, profession,
address, the date of
joining to the association,
his contributions, and any
change that come up to
this data.
3. To register in a special
record the minutes of the
association’s sessions, and
the Board, its decisions
and the decisions issued
by the head of the General
Assembly from the Board.
4. To record its accounts in
books that state in detail,
expenditures, revenues
including the donations
and its sources.
5. To contract with an
authorized legal
accountant.
6. To deposit its moneys in
its name with one of the
banks in the Kingdom, and
withdrawal would be
made only by the
signature of two officials
in the Association, and the
executive rules determine
those officials.
Article
Eleven:
The association should:
1. Maintain at its
headquarters its own
documents, corresponding,
registers according to this
regulation.
2. To register into a special
record the name of each
member, his civil register,
his birth date, profession,
address, joining date to
association, his
contributions, and any
change that comes up to
this data.
3. To register in special record
the sessions of the general
assembly, the Board and
their decisions and the
decisions issued by the
executive of the Association
by an authorization from
the Board. Each member of
the Association has the
right to see such registers.
4. To record its accounts in
books, that state in detail,
expenditures, revenues
including donations and its
sources.
5. To contract with a legal
certified accountant to
audit its accounts.
6. To deposit its moneys in its
name with one of the banks
in the Kingdom, and
withdrawal would be made
only by the signature of
two officials in the
Association, and the
executive rules determine
those officials.
7. To post in its headquarters
or on the web, the final
account before a week
from the date of holding of
the General Assembly.

8. To abide by the provisions
of the Islamic Sharia and
public order and general
morals and everything that
maintains the national
unity. No
amendment at all.





‐ Slight
amendme
nt was
made to
this
paragraph
and the
phrase
“his civil
register”
has been
added,
also the
phrase of
“if any”.
‐ The phrase
“with an
authorizati
on from
the Board
and for
each
member
of the
Associatio
n’s has the
right to
see these
registers.
To giver
the
members
this right
to increase
transparen
cy. The
phrase of
“Executive
Official”
was placed
instead of
(Head of
Associatio
n)
‐ No
amendme
nt was
made

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registration number
and the scope of its
activities in all books
and records, and
prints. 9.
To issue a membership card
for each member. ‐
No
amendme
nt was
made.
‐ The
paragraph
(7) was
made to
give the
members
the right
of sight on
the final
accounts
in
sufficient
time.
‐ The
paragraph
(8) has
been
added to
emphasize
the
importanc
e of being
committed
to
constants
and
Islamic
rules. It
has been
reformulat
ed from
the Article
Three in
the
Governme
nt’s draft.
‐ The
paragraph
(9) has
been
added for
the
importanc
e of
issuing
identificati
on card for
each
member.
Article Seventeen:

Tools and materials imported for the
favor the association, necessary of
exercising its activities are exempted
from custom duties. These tools are
banned from being disposed to
another agency which does not have
custom duties exemption before four
years from being imported, unless such
due fees are paid for it.
Article
twenty five:

Tools and materials imported for the favor the
association, necessary for exercising its
activities, are to be exempted from custom
duties. Such tools are banned from being
conceded to another agency which does not
have custom duties exemption before four
years from being imported, unless such due
fees are paid for it.
‐ Does not enjoy similar exemption
from custom duties before the
elapse of four years from being
imported, unless due fees are
paid for it.
‐ Associations are exempted from
all other government fees.
‐ NGOs are exempted from 50%
from the public services costs,
and transport means provided by
corporations and companies
owned by the government. ‐
To set a
title for
article,
and the
word
“material”
to the
imported
tools.

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Article eighteen:
It is allowed to dissolve an association
voluntarily by a decision from the
extra ‐ordinary general assembly
according to the rules set by the basic
statute of the Association. Article
: Twenty six:
It is allowed to dissolve the association
voluntarily by a decision from the non‐extra ‐
ordinary general assembly according to
provisions of this statute and the Association’s
basic bylaw.

Article Nineteen:
It is allowed, by a decision from the
Minister, to dissolve or merge the
association into another association in
the following cases:
1. If the number of its
members is less
than ten persons.
2. If it deviated from
its set objectives or
committed a gross
violation for its
basic regulation or
its executive
regulation.
3. If it became unable
to meet its financial
obligations.
4. If it disposed of its
money in different
aspects other than
the ones set forth..
5. If it committed
violations against
the Islamic Sharia or
the public order or
the general morals. Article
Twenty Seven:
a. The Board has the right to
suspend the activity of the
association temporarily and claim
before the competent courts to
dissolve or merge the association
into another association after the
availability of sufficient evidence
and by a justified decision, in
some of the following cases:
1. If the number of its
members is less than
ten persons.
2. In case it deviated
from its set
objectives or
committed a gross
violation for its basic
regulation.
3. If it became unable
to meet its financial
obligations.
4. If it disposed of its
money in different
aspects other than
the ones set forth.
5. If it violated the
public order or public
morals or did not
observe traditions in
the kingdom. The
first part of the
article was amended
and the Board has
been given the right to
suspend the activity of
the association
temporarily by a
justified decision and
to claim before the
competent court to
dissolve or merge the
association in
protection of the
associations and giving
the judiciary the
authority to dissolve
and merge the
association.


The sentence “for this
statute and its
executive bylaw” has
been added.


‐ The
paragraph
(5) has
been
revised as
the Islamic
Sharia and
public
order are
the
general
framework
which
should be
committed
by the
Associatio
ns, and the
traditions
observed
have been
deleted
because
what
mentioned
previously
is enough.
Article Twenty six:
If it appeared to the Minister that
there are gross violations have been
committed, which could affect the
association achievement of its
purposes and practices or
implementing its assigned programs or
projects, the Minister can take any of
the following procedures:
1. Suspend the project
assigned to the
Association temporarily
until violations are
removed.
2. Withdraw the project b.
If it proved for the Board that
gross violations were committed ,
which could affect the association
achievement of its purposes and
practices or implementing its
assigned programs or projects,
the Board can take any one of the
following procedures:
1. Suspend the project assigned to
the Association temporarily until
violations are removed.
2. Withdraw the project assigned to
the association.
3. Depose the Association’s Board
and to appoint a temporary Board The
minister has,
instead of dissolving
the association, the
right to appoint a
temporary board for
one period, taking the
authority of the Board
if it serves the public
interest and achieve
the objectives of the
association.

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assigned to the
association.
3. Depose the Association’s
board and to appoint a
temporary Board until
inviting the general
assembly within sixty days
from the date of its
appointment for new
board election, after
taking the opinion of
Association Board and
non ‐government
foundation, and to the
executive regulation
organizes the method of
holding this meeting. The
task of temporary Board
ends with electing new
board. until
inviting the general assembly
within sixty days from the date of
its appointment for new board
election, after taking the opinion
of Association Board and non ‐
government foundation, and to
the executive regulation organizes
the method of holding this
meeting. The task of temporary
Board ends with electing new
board.
Article Twenty Eight:
The authority and association have the right to
appeal before the competent court according
to the applicable laws.
Article
Sixteen:
It is not allowed for the officials of
the association against which a
dissolution decision has been
issued, to dispose of its moneys or
documents.
The Minister of Labor and Social
Affairs issues a decision to
determine the method of
liquidation, and how to dispose of
its money, documents, and which
associations and foundations to
which such money will be
devolved, whenever no text about
this exist in the Association’s
statute or when it is possible to
execute what has been provided
for in its previous statute Article
Twenty:

It is not allowed for officials of a
association against which a dissolution
decision has been issued, to dispose of
its moneys or documents. The Minister
will issue a decision in which it
determines the method of liquidation
and how to dispose of the money of
the Association and its documents and
the associations and foundations to
which such money will be devolved. Article
Twenty Nine:
1. It is not allowed for officials of a
association against which a
dissolution decision has been
issued, to dispose of its moneys or
documents.
2. The bylaw will determine the
method of liquidation and how to
dispose of money of the
Association, if the ruling was a
dissolution. The
content of the
Article was numbered
and re ‐formulated.

Article Twenty Two:
It is allowed ‐ by a decision from
the Cabinet ‐ to give the attribute
of the public benefit to every
association that aims at achieving
a public interest upon or after
establishing, based on the request
of the Association or based on the
Ministry’s request or the Board of
Associations and non ‐government
foundations and the approval of
the association in all cases. The
removal of such attribute of
“public benefit “ by a decision
from the cabinet. The Association
of public benefit can merge into
each other by the approval of the
Ministry after taking the opinion of
the association and non‐
government foundations ,
provided that the merger between
public benefit associations and
those without public benefit
should be made only after a
decision from the Council of
Ministers. Chapter
Four:
Giving the attribute of “Public
Benefit”
Article Thirty:
1. Every association is
considered as a
“public benefit”
association if it aims
at achieving a public
interest and
stipulated in its basic
bylaw.
2. The bylaw will
determine conditions
and procedures
required to give the
attribute of the
“public benefit”
3. Giving and writing off
the attribute of
“public benefit” by a
decision from the
Cabinet.
It
has been re ‐formulated from the
content of the Article (22). But for
the merger of the Associations and
Foundations in its types, it has
been mentioned in the paragraph
seven of the Article (6) of the
committee’s draft.
Article Twenty Three :
A decision from the Council of
Ministers determines the
privileges being enjoyed by the Article
Thirty One:
A royal decree will determine the
privileges of associations which
are designated as “public benefit” , ‐
The sentence by “a
royal decree” has
been put instead of
by “a decree from the

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associations of “public benefit”,
especially not to block its entire or
part of its money, and not to
acquire such money by
prescription. It is possible to
expropriate it for the public
benefit for its interest in achieving
purposes for which the association
has been established and in a way
that does not contradict the
existing statues. especially
not to block its entire or
part of its money, and not to
acquire such money by
prescription. It is possible to
expropriate it for the public
benefit for its interest in achieving
the purposes for which the
association has been established
and in a way that does not
contradict the existing statues. Council
of Ministers”,
based on what has
mentioned in the
article (70) of the
statute.
‐ The sentence of “not
to acquire the moneys
by the prescription”
based on
interventions.
‐ Article Thirteen:
T he Ministry of Labor & Social
Affairs has the right to assign the
management of its houses,
foundations, or social centers
which prove its ability to do so. In
this case, the association will be
given the necessary amount in the
budget of the competent agency. Article
Twenty four:
The Minister has the right to
assign to any association of “public
benefit” the management of a
foundation affiliated to the
Ministry or for other from the
ministries based on its request, or
to implement some projects or
programs. Then the moneys of a
association are considered as
public ones. Article
Thirty Two :
It is allowed for any government
agency to contract with one of the
association of “the public benefit”
to manage a foundation affiliated
foundation or to implement some
projects and programs, and the
bylaw will determine the
framework of contractual relations
between the two parties. The
sentence of “it is allowed for
any government agency” has been
placed instead of “it is allowed of
the Minister” due to multiple of
beneficiary agencies and to reduce
administrative procedures. The
sentence “the statute will
determine…” was added, together
with amendment in the
formulation, and the second part
of the article has been deleted.
Article Twenty One:
The associations of the “public
benefit” are subject ‐ in case there
is no a special text about in this
chapter, to the provisions for the
associations. Article
Thirty Three:
The associations of the “public
benefit” are subject ‐ in case there
is no a special text about in this
chapter, to the provisions for the
associations.
The
word “section” was put
instead of “chapter”
Article Twenty five :
The associations of the “public
benefit” are subject to the control
of the Ministry. The controlling will
deal with the examination of the
Association’s activities including
activities related to the project
assigned to it, and investigate into
its compatibility for the
regulations and bylaws of the
association. The task of controlling
is taken over by inspectors
appointed by the Minister.
This article has been deleted
because what has been mentioned
comes under in the tasks of the
authority.
Article Eighteen:
The Ministry of Labor & Social
affairs in collaboration with the
Civil Service set necessary rules for
the organization of giving
certificates to beneficiaries from
cultural, educational, qualifying
programs in charitable
associations, and the methods of
benefiting from the holders of
these certificates.
Article
Nineteen:
It is allowed to form charitable
institutes for the purpose of
receiving a material profit whose
benefits are restricted to
individuals, or certain agencies, or
whose memberships are restricted
to specific persons, according to its
statutes. Article
Twenty Seven:
A non ‐government foundation is a
foundation that is founded by a
person or persons of natural or
legal personalities or both of them,
and depend on what have been
allocated in terms of money to
exercise its activities set in their
basic statute for a specific or
unspecific period. Its benefit is
restricted to individuals or certain
agencies. Chapter
Five
Non‐ Government Foundations
Article Twenty Four:
It is allowed to establish non ‐
government foundation or fund to
achieve a purpose or more from
the purposes of public or
dedicated benefits. A foundation
will acquire its legal personality
after the approval of the Authority
to register it. The resources of the
Foundation consists allocations
made by the Founder or founders
in terms of money or endowments
or donations or wills, and internal
donations. The
article has been re ‐formulated
and the phrase “non‐government
fund” has been added to ensure
what has been mentioned in the
classification of the foundations.
‐ The sentence of “the
foundation acquires
its legal personality
after the approval of
the Authority to
register it, in line with
the association.
‐ The sentence “…. Or
endowments, wills or
what it receives such
as internal donations”
has been added.
Article Twenty Eight:

The basic statute of the
foundation should include the Article
Thirty Five:
The basic statute of the non‐
government foundation should
include the following data: The
phrase (headquarter) has
been substituted for “center of its
management”

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following data:
a. The name of
foundation, its
geographical scope,
its headquarter.
b. The purpose for which
the foundation has
been established.
c. A detailed statement
of the money
dedicated for
achieving the
purposes of the
foundation.
d. Organizing the
Foundation
management,
including the method
of appointing a
Chairman for a
Trustee Board and its
members and method
of appointing a
manager.
1.
The name of the
foundation, its
geographic scope of
activities,
headquarters.
2. The name of
foundation or those
of founders and their
personal data.
3. The purpose for which
a foundation has been
achieved.
4. A detailed statement
of the money
dedicated for
achieving the
purposes of the
foundation and
devolved money upon
its dissolution.
5. Organizing the
management of the
foundation, including
the method of
appointing a chairman
of Board of trustees
and its members, and
the method of
appointing the
Executive Official. The
phrase of “Executive Official:
has replaced the “the manager”

The phrase of “devolved money
upon dissolution” in the second
part of the paragraph (4) for more
details in a way that aligns with
the nature of the foundation.
Article Twenty Nine:
Each of a non ‐government
foundation will have a Trustee
Board, consisting of three
members at least, among them
the founder and founders.
Chairman and members can be
from them.
The Ministry and the Board of
Associations and non ‐government
should be notified of the
appointment and of any
amendment that is made to the
Trustee Council.
If the Board of Trusteeship has not
been appointed, or the place has
became vacant in the Board and it
has become impossible to appoint
replacement for him or from them
in the way it is stated in the basic
bylaw, the Ministry will take over
the task of appointing and inform
the Board of Associations and non ‐
government foundations about
that. Article
Thirty Six:
Each of a non ‐government
foundation will have a Trustee
Council consisting of three
members at least, among them
the founder and founders.
Chairman and members can be
from them.
The Authority should be notified
of the appointment and of any
amendment that is made to the
Trustee Council.
If the Council of Trusteeship has
not been appointed or the place
has became vacant in the Board
and it has become impossible to
appoint replacement for him or
from them in the way it is stated in
the basic bylaw, the Authority will
take over the appointment and
inform the Board of Associations
and non ‐government foundations
about that.


Article Thirty:
The Trustees Council will take over
the management of the non‐
government foundation according
to its basic bylaw and to be
represented by the Chairman of
the Board before the judiciary and
before others.

Article Thirty One

The non‐government foundation
will have an annual budget; and it
is permissible after the approval of
the Ministry that a statement that
contains revenues and
expenditures, serves as a budget,
according to the nature of money
which was allocated according to
the basic bylaw. Article
Thirty Eight:

The non‐government foundation
will have an annual budget and an
audited final account. It is
permissible after the approval of
the Board ‐ that it is sufficient for a
statement to serve as a final
account, including its revenues
and expenditures and the aspects
of its spending according to the
nature of the money which was The
word “Ministry” has been
changed to the Board and the
sentence of “can serve as” to
“sufficient” .
The sentence of “final accounts”
because it explains the revenues
and the actual expenditures of the
foundation.

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allocated according to the basic
bylaw.
Article Twenty:
The Ministry of Labor & Social
Affairs will prepare a special
record of charitable foundations,
and the Executive Rules will
determine for this bylaw the
conditions of this record and
registration procedures and
necessary data for registration. Article
Thirty Two:
The Ministry of Labor & Social
Affairs will prepare a special
record of charitable foundations,
and the Executive Rules will
determine for this bylaw the
conditions of this record and
registration procedures and
necessary data for registration. Article
Thirty Nine:
The Authority will prepare a
special record of the charitable
foundations, and Executive Rules
will determine for this bylaw the
conditions of this record and
registration procedures and
necessary data for registration. ‐
The word “Authority”
has been used instead
of “the Ministry”
Article Twenty One:
The Foundation will have legal
personality through registration
according to the provisions of this
bylaw.

Article Forty:
1. It is allowed by a
decision from the
Trustee Council to
dissolve voluntarily a
non ‐government
foundation.
2. The Board has the
right to suspend the
activity of a
foundation
temporarily and to
claim before the
competent court to
dissolve the
foundation or to
merge it into another
one after the
availability of the
sufficient evidence
and with a justified
decision in the
following cases:
a. If it deviated from its
objectives or
committed gross
violations for this
statute or its
Executive Bylaw or its
basic bylaw.
b. If it became unable to
meet its financial
obligations.
c. If it committed
violations of Islamic
provisions or the
public statute or the
public moral. ‐

Article Seventeen:
1. The Ministry of Labor
& Social Affairs will
supervise activities of
charitable
associations and
controlling the
implementation of
provisions of this
bylaw and decisions
issued accordingly. It
has the right to see its
books, records,
documents which are
related to the
activities of the
Association. The
Association should
provide any
information or data in
other documents Article
Thirty Four:
The Ministry will be responsible
for the oversight of association’s
activities and controlling of
implementation of this statute and
decisions issued accordingly. It has
the right to see books of the
Association and its records and
documents which are relevant to
its activities. Each association has
to provide any information or
statement or document required
by the Ministry.
The Ministry will provide ‐ to
Charitable Associations officially
registered with it‐ allocated
assistances in addition to special
assistances which are granted to
associations when the
management of the Ministry’s
affiliated foundation is assigned to ‐

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required by the
Ministry.
2. The Minister of Labor
and Social Affairs has
the right to suspend
the implementation
of any decision issued
by the bodies
responsible for the
affairs of the
Association, which is
contradicting the
provisions of this
bylaw or the decisions
issued accordingly or
the for the Statute of
the Association. it.


The non‐government and scientific
association may fundraise and
accept grants and wills in a
manner that does not contradict
the statute and instructions issued
in this regard.
It is allowed for other associations
and foundations to accept grants,
wills and endowments, and is not
allowed for them to fundraise.

The Minister has the right to
suspend the implementation of
any decision issued by the bodies
responsible for the affairs of
associations whenever it is
violating for the provisions of this
statute or decisions issued
accordingly or the basic bylaw of
the Association.
The provisions of this statute will
be applied to associations and
charitable foundations at the time
of issuing of this statute excepting
for provisions related to
establishment, registration, and
publication. The Ministry has the
right to take necessary actions to
amend the bylaws of associations
and charitable foundations in
consistent with the provisions of
this statute.
It is not allowed for an association
to deviate from definite purposes
in its basic bylaw.


It is allowed for an association to
subscribe to any conference or
meeting outside the Kingdom only
by a prior permission from the
Ministry, nor to work in any
association, or authority whose
head ‐office is outside the
Kingdom, or to affiliate to it or
associate with it or join to it, only
after the approval of the Ministry.
The provisions of this statute are
not applicable to scientific
associations in the Saudi
universities or charitable
associations which have been
established under royal orders.

Article Thirty Five:

The Minister will form the Council
of Associations and non‐
government foundations.
The Executive Bylaw will
determine the method of forming
the Council and its duties.
It has been deleted and replaced
by the Council of Authority.
Article Twenty Two:
charitable foundations are subject
to supervision and controlling of
the Ministry of Labor & Social
Affairs. Similarly, they are subject
to such laws applied to other
charitable associations in terms of
establishing branches, merger,
appointment of a temporary

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Board, and suspension of its
decisions and dissolution. Banning
stipulated in Article Two that it
should not deviate its objectives or
entering into financial speculations
is also applied.
Article Forty One:
1. Those who are
responsible for the
affairs of the
foundation, against
which a decision was
issued to suspend its
activities or ruled to
be dissolved, has no
the right to dispose of
its money or
documents.
2. The bylaw will
determine the
method of liquidation
or method of
disposing of money of
the foundation and its
documents if a ruling
was issued to dissolve
it. A
new article was added to ban
those who are responsible for the
foundation against which a ruling
was issued from disposing it and
also the method of liquidation.
Article Forty two:
The Authority and foundation have
the right to appeal before the
competent court according to the
applicable statutes.
Article
Forty Three :
Anything has no reference in this
section, the content of this statute
will be applied to the non‐
government foundation. The
word “section” has
been used instead of
“chapter”.
Chapter Six
Typical federation of associations
and foundations
Article Forty Four:
It is allowed for associations and
foundations to establish typical
federations with legal personality,
and the basic bylaw will determine
the method of forming the
federation and its specialties.
Article
Forty Five:
The group of founders consists of
associations or foundations or
both of them, and the Federation’s
establishment and dissolution are
subject to the provisions of
association establishment and
dissolution and provisions of this
statute and the its Executive
Bylaw.

Article
Forty Six:
The group of founders will set a
basic bylaw for the federation
which is compatible with the
provisions of this statute and its
Executive Bylaw and to be
approved by the Council.


Chapter
Seven
General Provisions
Article Forty Seven:
1. It is allowed for non ‐
government A
new section called “General
Provisional” has been added,
including some articles which were
mentioned from the government
and are not included under

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associations of public
benefit to receive
donations according
to the bylaw of the
donation collection.
2. It is allowed for other
associations which
have received the
attribute of “public
benefit” to receive
donations ‐ after the
approval of the
authority ‐ in order to
implement definite
programs.
3. The organizational
bylaw for fundraising
determines the
necessary controls. specific
section, as they are
general provisions.
‐ Some provisions of
this article have been
taken from the Article
(34) from the
government’s draft,
and it is aiming at
determining the
associations which are
allowed to receive
donations and the
bylaw will detail that.
Article Forty Eight:
The provisions of this statute will
be applied to non ‐government
associations and foundations
authorized at the time of issuing
this statute, excepting the
provisions related to the
establishment, registration and
publication. The non‐government
associations and foundations
should amend their bylaws to be
in consistent with the provisions of
this statute within a maximum
period of one year from the date
of the execution of this statute. This
article is transferred from the
Article (34) from the government’s
draft with some amendments in
the formulation.
Article Thirty Six:
The Minister issues the Executive
Bylaw of this statute within (One
hundred and Eighty Days) from
publication date. Article
Forty Nine:
‐ The Board will issue
the executive bylaw
of this statute within
a maximum period of
(one hundred eighty
days) from the
publication date. The
word “Council” has been used
instead of “the Minister”
Article Thirty Seven:
This Statute will rescind the bylaw
of the charitable associations and
foundations, issued by the
decision of the Board of Ministers
No. (107) dated 25/6/1410 and all
contradicting provisions. Article
fifty:
This Statute will rescind the bylaw
of charitable associations and
foundations, issued by the
decision of the Board of Ministers
No. (107) dated 25/6/1410 and all
contradicting provisions. No
amendment was made.
Article Thirty eight:
This statute will be applied after
(one hundred eighty) from
publication date in the official
gazette . Article
fifty one:
This statute will be applied after
(one hundred eighty) from
publication date in the official
gazette. No
amendment was made

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