YOU MAY WONDER HOW TO DONATE FOREIGN FUNDS TO NGOS BASED IN INDIA?
The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) is the overarching law that monitors and manages all the foreign contributions coming to India. Foreign contribution essentially means donations or transfers made by a foreign source like an individual, a corporate or an organization.
The official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs has a detailed section dedicated to FCRA.
WHO IS CONSIDERED AS A FOREIGN CORPORATE OR INDIVIDUAL
Foreign source, as per the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), may be:
- A foreign citizen (the nationality is the only criteria)
- A foreign company including its subsidiary branch
- A company with more than 75% foreign equity
- A foreign trust or foundation
- Government of a foreign country and its agencies
- Any international agency
- A foreign or a multinational corporation
- A trade union in any foreign country
- A society, club or other association of individuals formed or registered outside India
Hence, if you are under any of these designations, you will be considered under the FCRA regulations. Consequently the NGO to which you wish to contribute must be FCRA compliant, such as TARA.
HOW TO KNOW IF AN NGO Is Eligible to RECEIVE FOREIGN DONATIONS?
NGOs must obtain the approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs to be entitled to received foreign funds. A registration certificate is then issued to the organization. You may ask for this document to verify that the organization can legally receive foreign contributions.
WHICH NGO SHOULD YOU DONATE TO?
When it comes to contributing to a charitable organization, you want to make sure that your funds will be judiciously used and that your contribution has a meaningful impact. This means , you must look for an organization that is not only FCRA compliant but also guarantees to provide financial transparency.
Since its inception, TARA has been committed to the highest standards of transparency. We are fully compliant with the FCRA regulations and our accounts are monitored by qualified internal and external auditors. We are therefore authorized to receive foreign donations and we prepare detailed reports whenever required.
We are an NGO working to protect and educate children in Delhi, India. Our organization is an Indo-French joint venture between a French NGO called CHAYA France and an Indian NGO called ONYVA. Created in 2009, both the organizations manage the strategic and executive implementation of the programs.
- 1 outreach centre 1 outreach centre to provide education to children and promote family strengthening in a marginalized community of Saidulajab in South Delhi,
- 3 Homes for “Children in Need of Care and Protection” registered under the Juvenile and Justice Act, 2015,
- 1 after-care program for the children who have turned 18 and are ready to transform into adulthood.
Who are the children in our programs?
As per a survey undertaken by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, there are more than 70,000 children living on the streets in Delhi, who are either abandoned or live in highly impoverished families.
Child protection must start with preventing children from being separated from their families. The children coming to our outreach centre fall under the categories of ‘street children’, as defined by the UNICEF; they are at risk of abuse and are likely to drop out of school if not appropriately supported.
On the other hand, children placed in our homes come from hostile living conditions. They have faced extreme violence, abuse, and traumas, which lead to their institutionalization.
It is with the aim to protect children, provide them with education and give them an environment of love, security and care that TARA was born.
WHAT DOES SPONSORING OUR ORGANIZATION INVOLVE?
Individual donors may sponsor a child for one or several expenses each month. The child you sponsor will communicate with you through letters or emails.
We also give an option for one-shot donations, wherein any sponsor could send an amount of their convenience for a year.
Our corporate partners may support specific expenses, depending on their strategy and expectations. We provide detailed reports explaining how the funds are allocated. We can also organize events, activities or set up volunteering programs for employees.
Find the list of our partners here.
Many reputed corporates are currently associated with us, whose invaluable contributions have served730 direct beneficiaries and 2 190 indirect beneficiaries.
Some of the corporate sponsors are Air France, Alstom, Saint Gobain and more. Adding a feather to its cap, Mr. Alexandre Ziegler sponsors our children (Mr. Alexandre Ziegler was the Ambassador of France to India from 2016 to 2019).
In addition, the President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, met the founder of our organization, Pascal Fautrat, and congratulated the latter on his work.