What is an CSOoPI ?
Civil Society Organisation of Public Interest – CSOoPI – or CSOoPI in Brazilian Law, is a title provided by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice, whose purpose is to facilitate the emergence of partnerships and agreements with all levels of government and public agencies (Federal, State and Municipality) and allows donations realised by companies that are deducted from the calculation of the real profit and the calculation base of the Social Contribution on Profit, up to the limit of 2% on the Operating Profit.
CSOoPIs are NGOs created by private initiative which obtain a certificate issued by the Federal Government to prove compliance with certain requirements, especially those derived from administrative transparency standards. On the other hand, they can sign with the public power the so-called Terms of Partnership, which are an interesting alternative to the agreements to be more agile and reasonably accountable.
An NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) is essentially an CSOoPI, in the representative sense of society, but the CSOoPI handles a qualification given by the Justice Ministry of Brazil. The Brazilian Federal Law # 9.790, dated March 23th, 1999, regulates the CSOoPIs. This law allows the non-profit private law entities (groups of persons or professionals) to be qualified by the State as Civil Society Organisations of Public Interest – CSOoPI in Portuguese – and to be able to relate to it through partnership, provided that its social objectives and statutory norms meet the requirements of the law.
A group receives the CSOoPI qualification after the statute of the institution looking for structuring itself has been reviewed and approved by the Ministry of Justice. Therefore, it is necessary that the statute meets certain prerequisites that are described in articles 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of Law # 9.790/99.
What does that mean?
CSOoPIs can be said to be an official and legal recognition closer to what is modernly understood by NGOs, especially since they are marked by extreme administrative transparency. However being an CSOoPI is an institutional option, not an obligation.
In general, the State is very comfortable in relation to this type of institution, because it shares with civil society the task of controlling the flow of public resources in partnerships. The CSOoPI is a civil society organisation that, in partnership with the public authorities, will also use public resources for its purposes, thus dividing the administrative and accountability burden.
The Terra Vida Institute, commitment to the environment
The Terra Vida Institute is a non-profit association enrolled with the Brazilian company registration number CNPJ 07.815.906/0001-03 and is registered in the Ministry of Justice as a Civil Society Organisation of Public Interest (CSOoPI), MJ # 08071.000479 / 2006-56.
Through our associates, collaborators and partners with expertise in the different areas that involve the environment, we have as goals the defense and promotion of sustainable development, as well as the preservation and conservation of the environment.
To achieve the established goals, The Terra Vida Institute has projects in the areas of environmental education, recovery of degraded areas, conservation of permanent preservation areas (APP in Brazil), reduction of energy consumption, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, production of clean energy and disposal of industrial environmental liabilities.