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Welcome, NGOs and all those interested in NGOs in India!

If you are running an NGO or working for one, you will find opportunities and resources for your organisation.

If you or your organisation want to direct your time, money, products or services to NGOs that can can make the most effective and efficient use of your donations or grants, you will find this blog and useful to announce your offer to NGOs.

You will also get to read about statistics and issues concerning transparency & accountability of the Indian voluntary sector.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

FCRA wing announces last chance for 18523 NGOs to avoid cancellation of FCRA

Ministry of Home Affairs has recently issued a number of circulars regarding pending FC-4 returns as per their records and a lot chance to upload the same without a penalty to avoid cancellation of FCRA registration/ renewal.
Please check your FCRA status (even if you got a renewal) and upload pending FC4 returns (if any) on the MHA site  by June 14 to avoid cancellation.

Follow these 4 simple steps to Do-It-Yourself: 

1. Check if your name appears in the list of 18,523 organisations (even if you got your renewal).

Open the link:, press Ctrl+F and enter your FCRA registration number
2. If your org name appears, check for which year(s) your FC annual returns are pending

4. If it shows a “No” for any year, even if you believe you have submitted earlier, please upload your FC4 return for those years. You are required to file returns even if you did not receive any foreign contributions in a particular year. Login and upload your pending FC4 returns at, as per instructions in the FCRA user guide

Remember last date is June 14, 2017 to avoid cancellation of FCRA registration/ renewal.

Feel free to share this with other NGOs in your network.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Presenting India's most credible NGOs! Partner with confidence with GuideStar India certified organisations.

GuideStar India certifies NGOs based on their level of transparency & public accountability after a rigorous due diligence carried out by our team of certification experts. Due diligence is based on verifying financial and legal compliances through a thorough scrutiny of registration documents, tax returns, FCRA returns, audited financial statements & auditor's reports, public disclosures on our portal, reporting key facts to stakeholders as per our Annual Report disclosure template and confirmation of third party site visits and references. 

The unique aspect of our certification is that NGOs are required to voluntarily submit information and documents for due diligence by displaying the same on their profile on our portal. This ensures high levels of transparency via public disclosures and establishes credibility through public accountability. It also enriches the organisation's online profile and, makes available rich information about it to all stakeholders to make informed decisions.

Until Jan 2015, we certified NGOs for our institutional users based on their specific requirements for due diligence. We launched our standardised NGO certification programme in  Jan 2015, to reduce duplication in the efforts of users and NGOs avoiding wastage of resources of all players. With our standardised certification programme, you could choose the level of certification required as per you need, shortlist NGOs that match your cause/ location, and if you wish to carry out additional vetting of the NGO's programme or there aspects, you collect our due diligence diagnostic report from us and request the NGO only for additional information.

Presenting our certified organisations who are pre-vetted and "ready-to-partner".

Please click on the numbers (in the table below) to view respective list.

Level Certification Valid till Dec 2017 Valid till Dec 2016 Valid till Dec 2015 Total
Champion Level GuideStar India Platinum 14 20 19 53
Advanced Level GuideStar India Gold 32 72 39 143
Intermediate Level GuideStar India Transparency Badge 16 91 16 123
Foundation Level GuideStar India Transparency Key 192 242 NA 434
425 74 753

You may refer to updated lists at

To obtain a copy of due diligence reports of specific organisations
at a nominal contribution (to recover costs), please send a mail to stating the purpose of your requirement 
and the names & GSN (GuideStar Number) of organisations. 

Use these quick links to know more about our certification programme.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Join Harvard Business School’s NGO Management program in India

A rare opportunity for your senior management- the Strategic Nonprofit Management – India Program (SNMI), a new executive leadership program launched for the first time in India, thanks to a partnership between Dasra, Harvard Business School and Ashoka University. The program is designed to help participants explore best practices in nonprofit strategy, governance, and leadership, with the aim of building high-performance organizations that can fulfill their mission, expand scope, and achieve full potential.

Participants in the program will be executive directors, chief executive officers, board members, or other senior executives responsible for shaping the mission, direction, and policies of their organizations. The program may also be appropriate for executives who work closely with the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofits of all sizes are encouraged to apply!

Why you should attend this program:
The success of a nonprofit organization depends on a focused mission and strategy, a sound operational model, effective alliances, and the right governance. Only then will an organization be able to scale operations and make a real difference in the lives of the people it serves. This new program will prepare you to build and lead an effective organization that can drive meaningful social change.

This is an international program of the Harvard Business School that you can now attend without travelling to the Harvard Business School, USA. Led by the finest faculty from Harvard, the program brings you international best practices within the local context.

Topics covered:
Best practices in non-profit strategy, governance and leadership
• Establishing a mission and goals
• Instituting a disciplined approach to nonprofit strategy
• Measuring, improving, and communicating performance
• Ensuring responsible governance, from people and processes
• Becoming a more effective leader
• Developing leadership capacity in the organization

Who should attend: Strategic decision makers for non-profits in South or Southeast Asia
(executive directors, chief executive officers, board members, or other senior executives). The program is in English. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility.
No formal educational requirements apply.

Duration: 5 days; 31 July - 4 August 2017

Location: Ashoka University Campus, Sonepat (90 min by road from Delhi airport). This is a residential program.

Participant fee: Rs1 lakh plus service tax
The program fee covers tuition, books, case materials, accommodation, and most meals.
Need-based scholarship funding may be available to qualified candidates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for applications is 20th May 2017.

How to apply
Candidates are encouraged to apply early as seats are limited. To apply, please visit If your application is approved for admission, you will receive an invoice for the fee and payment would be required immediately.

If you have questions, please write to for more details or speak with
Ms. Sarah Afraz, Manager-Strategy & Partnerships, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy,
Ashoka University, Email: Telephone: +91-130-2300599.

If you think this opportunity is suitable for your peers or other organisations in your network, feel free to forward this mail to them.

Do not miss this rare opportunity to attend a Harvard Business School program in India!

Apply today!