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Saturday, July 26, 2014

How to use your Annual Report effectively for fundraising & Legal Compliance

Workshop for NGOs of Gujarat to learn how to create an Annual Report that serves as a powerful fundraising tool and to understand legal compliance issues, especially about changes in the recent Finance Bill. Sign up for the workshop on 7th August in Ahmedabad.

GuideStar India and Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP) are delighted to organise, in association with Blind Peoples’ Association, a one-day workshop on the important topics of:
How to use your Annual Report effectively for fundraising
Legal Compliances

About the workshop
Your annual report is a powerful tool to communicate, in your voice, the story of your non-profit organization's activities and accomplishments during the past year. An insightful annual report would help the reader understand the challenges faced by your organisation, your plans to accomplish your mission, and the support you require. A report on activities with summarised financial information and disclosures on compliances enhances your credibility and inspires confidence. Pushpa Aman Singh – Founder & CEO, Guidestar India will conduct a highly interactive session to help you think through the content of your Annual Report and prepare a concise template that is sure to provide users of your report, particularly donors, all the information they seek. She will explain the what, why and how of making your Annual Report a powerful fundraising tool. The session will include a step-by-step approach. Please bring you latest annual report and audited financial statements so that you can get answers to specific questions.

The legal requirements for NGOs in India are many under the Income Tax Act, FCRA and as per acts governing trusts, societies and nonprofit companies. Most donors look for organisations that are legally compliant and those that also disclose details of compliance with applicable laws of the land. Over the years, we have witnessed tighter requirements in the Income Tax Act. There are key changes impacting NGOs as introduced in the recent Finance Bill. Many NGOs are yet to fully comprehend and practice changes as per FCRA 2010. Mr Noshir Dadrawala, CEO of Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy will help you understand the implications for your NGO and the steps you need to take be legally compliant. He will explain in simple terms and use examples that will help you understand a complex subject. He will also address common questions.

Who should attend?
Chief Functionaries, Finance Heads, Fundraising & Communications Managers. We recommend that you nominate two persons (one from Programmes/ Fundraising/ Communications and one from Finance/ Accounts).

The workshop will be conducted in a mix of English, Hindi and Gujarati.

About the Speakers

Noshir Dadrawala:
Noshir H. Dadrawala has studied law and especially non-profit law and has been passionate about the philanthropy sector. Noshir has been the Chief Executive of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP) right since its inception in 1986. In his capacity as CEO, Noshir is consulted for advice on matters such as the choice of set-up of non-profit organizations, integrated legal and fiscal compliance, tax exemptions and deductions, Foreign Contributions Regulatory Act (FCRA) and good governance best practices and the Legal Aspects of Corporate Social Support & CSR. He has been invited as a guest speaker at many international conferences. He has also conducted seminars and workshops for the grant making and development sector across the country and is avisiting faculty member at leading business schools.

Recently with the mandatory CSR, he has been a speaker at many forums about the implications of

Section 135 of the new Indian Companies Act 2013 . This includes the Deutsche Bank, CII – Pune, CII- Mumbai among others and Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy. Even before CSR became
mandatory corporates such as Thermax, forbes Marshall, Atlas Copco, Tata Motors, Titan, HDFC
among others have availed of his expertise while forming their CSR units or corporate foundations.
His international affiliations include serving on the board of the International Centre for Nonprofit
Law (ICNL) and serving as a member of the Asian Philanthropy Advisory Network (APAN).

Pushpa Aman Singh:
As the Founder, CEO of GuideStar India (2009), Pushpa set up GuideStar India to systematically organise information of India’s vast and complex voluntary sector in a globally trusted and user-friendly fashion. She draws on her vast experience in the financial services industry to make the portal easy for NGOs to self-report and add great value for users through verification and due-  diligence.  Pushpa’s approach to NGOs and the philanthropic community is influenced by her long association with GiveIndia. She loves to create reporting tools and frameworks that capture verifiable facts and inspiring stories. She has been successful in establishing linkages across networks and sectors to build the philanthropy eco-system in India.

Pushpa has conducted numerous workshops for NGOs and corporates, and, is a popular speaker about the Indian NGO Sector. Pushpa is a member of the Learning Series Committee of the CredibilityAlliance and is on the Partnership Advisory Group of TechSoup Global. She is also a member of CII’s Industry-Civil Society Interface Committee and the Pro-bono Task Force of India@75.

Details of the Workshop:
Day & Date: Thursday 7th August, 2014
Time:  The registrations will start at 9.30 am and the workshop will end at 5.30 pm.
Food and refreshments: Mid morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be served
Venue: - Blind People's Association, Porecha Auditorium, Arvind Narottam Lalbhai Research Centre (Building No.8), BPA Campus, Jagdish Patel Chowk, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015.

For all those registered with CAP/ GuideStar India/ BPA partner
For all NOT registered with CAP/ GuideStar India/ BPA partner
Rs. 1000 per participant
Rs. 1200 per participant

Registration Procedure
To register for the workshop, please fill the short online form at

Payment Details:

Payment Option:
Cheque / DD payable in Mumbai in the name of - Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy
Send your payment ONLY to:
GuideStar India, 712 A wing, Corporate Avenue, Sonawala Road, Goregaon (E), Mumbai-400063, Tel +91-22-26856900/99. Write on the cover “ Ahmedabad Workshop”.  Please do not address your courier to any specific individual as some courier companies and postal authorities do not deliver.
Please send a mail to info@guidestarindia org once you courier your cheque.

Confirmation Message:
Once the payment is received, you will receive a confirmation mail from GuideStar India within 2 working days. If you do not hear from us, please send a mail to 

About the Organizations

Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP)
Since its founding in 1986, the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP) has helped philanthropic organisations comply with the complex web of legal issues governing charitable giving in India. CAP specialises in all legal matters concerning the Trusts/Societies Act, Income Tax Act, Foreign Contributions Regulations Act (FCRA), and a host of allied laws and good governance and management practices.
GuideStar India is a globally trusted, fully searchable portal of reliable and comparable information of over 4500 NGOs. Its powerful search engine allows individuals, corporate, government and other institutions to access repository of NGO information within minutes. As outreach and due diligence partners for several institutions and corporates, GuideStar India connects NGOs to several opportunities for fundraising, capacity building, recognition, volunteering and donations. GuideStar India educates and equips NGOs to embrace best practices in transparency and public accountability for greater social impact.

Blind People's Association
Blind People's Association is a professional organization which believes in providing equal opportunities to all categories of people with disabilities. Consistent with the philosophy, it works for providing education, employment opportunities, equal rights and quality life for them. Since 1984, BPA has continuously strived to provide employment opportunities to people with disability. During the last five years, it has been successful in providing employment to as many as 1500 people with Usability who are presently employed in public as well as private sectors and are capable of handling important assignments in banks, railways, hospitals, restaurants, etc

For details/clarifications:  Please write an email to  You may also call and speak with Lathika/ Geeta at 022 26856900/98/99.

If you know other NGOs who could benefit from this opportunity, please forward this mail and encourage them to apply

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