WHY SHOULD I DONATE TO SAVE THE CHILDREN?
Because it will help children who need help in exercising their most basic rights, including the right to live, right to good health and nourishment, right to education and freedom from the harms of child labour, child marriage and various forms of abuse.
Because, it will help a child reach their full potential and grow into a responsible adult empowered with good education.
Save the Children works for marginalised children coming from socio-economically backward communities. Due to lack of resources, education and awareness in these communities, children end up suffering. Our projects are designed to bring children out of this whirlwind and deliver lasting change not just in their lives, but in their communities.
Overall, Save the Children works, not only for the cause of marginalised children but to spread knowledge and awareness about rights of children so that the most deprived children of India can have a childhood they can cherish. Marginalised children, however, take priority because of the extent of violation of their rights.
WHAT IS SAVE THE CHILDREN?
Save the Children is a registered NGO under the name Bal Raksha Bharat (registered under the Societies Registration Act) and all donations made to it are tax-exempted under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
We have a base of more than 1.4 lakh donors. We’re a transparent organisation and our audited financials are always present on our website. 82% of funds received in 2016-17 were put into executing programme work and the rest were used for administrative work and fundraising. Save the Children runs programmes in conjunction with some of the leading corporates including Reckitt Benckiser, Nokia, GlaxoSmithKline, Mondelez, IKEA, Awaya, Aviva, P&G, HSBC and many more. Save the Children’s work in India is also supported by some International institutions including UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank and others.
I WANT TO BE SURE THAT MY MONEY REACHES CHILDREN. HOW MANY CHILDREN HAS SAVE THE CHILDREN HELPED?
In 2017, 22.75 lakh children in need were given support either for health & nutrition or education or were protected from various kinds of harms including labour, child marriage, abuse, poverty and street situation or provided relief during emergencies. Since 2008, Save the Children has reached over 10 million (1 crore) children.
WHY SHOULD I DONATE WHEN I AM ALREADY PAYING TAXES?
Not all of what you pay as taxes is meant for these causes. The Government uses the taxes you pay to provide you services. There is a gap between taxes received and funds available with Government for addressing various social causes. Also, there is a gap in the Government’s ability and the massive need on the ground. The Government needs organisations such as Save the Children to bridge this gap. It is for this reason that Government provides tax relief to those who donate to registered NGOs.
Save the Children works cohesively with the government to roll out numerous child welfare schemes. As responsible citizens we can play a role in giving back to the society and contributing to the process of nation-building.
IS MY DONATION TAX-EXEMPTED?
The amount donated to Save the Children attracts deduction under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The main features of tax benefit are as follows:
50% of the amount donated is non-taxable. E.g. if you donate INR 10,000, you will get tax exemption on INR 5,000.
Maximum allowable deduction: If aggregate of the sums donated exceed 10% of the adjusted gross total income, the amount in excess of 10% ceases to be entitled for tax benefit.
HOW DO I CLAIM TAX BENEFIT?
Save the Children will provide you a tax-exemption certificate.
For monthly donations, this is provided every quarter. E.g. If you donate INR 1,000 a month (you set up an ECS on your bank account and this amount is credited to Save the Children every month) and you start donating from May, you will get a tax exemption certificate for INR 1,000 for your first donation. For the remaining donations till end of ongoing Financial Year (March 31), you will get certificates in July (for Arpil to June), October (for July to September), January (October to December) and March (for January to March). You can submit these for claiming tax benefit. If you choose to make a one-time donation, you will get the tax-exemption certificate within 15 days of your donation.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ONE TIME AND MONTHLY DONATIONS?
You can set up ECS on your bank account or your credit card to donate a fixed amount every month. E.g. if you donate INR 1,000 monthly, you will end up donating INR 12,000 every year to Save the Children till you wish to do. You can stop your ECS any time by giving us a call. Monthly donations help Save the Children plan its programmes better because there is assurance of a fixed amount coming in every month.
One-time donations are made once. Those who wish to donate a higher amount in one go, go for one-time donations. There is no ECS in this case. You can donate through e-wallets, debit card, credit card or net banking.
WHEN WILL I GET MY TAX-EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE?
For online donations, we send a PDF of the 80G tax- exemption certificate within two weeks. Upon request, we can send a hard copy of the 80G certificate within 30 working days, after your transaction is confirmed in our records. Please note that this 80G certificate is valid for residents in India only.
For monthly donations, Save the Children has a quarterly schedule of sending the receipts to its donors. It is as follow:
Initial cheque receipt within 30 days
Consolidated receipt (Apr-Jun) in the month of July
Consolidated receipt (Apr-Sep) in the month of October
Consolidated receipt (Apr-Dec) in the month of January
Annual Consolidated receipt (Apr-Mar) in the month of April of subsequent year
HOW MUCH OF THE DONATION YOU RECEIVE IS SPENT ON WORK FOR CHILDREN?
For 2016-17, every 100 rupees we raised, 82 rupees were utilized for Save the Children programmes. Rupees 14 were spent on fundraising expenditures and Rupees 4 on administrative costs. More information about our finances and the use of funds is available on our website.
WHY SHOULD I GIVE MONTHLY INSTEAD OF ONE-TIME?
Donating monthly is far better than donating one-time. We are able to sustain our programmes longer; knowing that there is a fixed amount, we are able to plan better and with more funding, we are able to do more for children. From your perspective as well, donating a fixed amount (whatever you deem fit) does not put pressure on you to take out a higher amount in one go and at the same time, you end up helping a lot more children in need.
WILL I GET UPDATES ON WHAT IMPACT MY DONATION IS MAKING?
We update our donors regarding the channelisation of their contribution in the right direction via our quarterly newsletters, our website and our social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. which are updated on a regular basis.
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Additionally, we publish the details of utilisation of funds and spend by thematic areas and also the audited book of accounts in our annual report. The annual report also captures our key achievements of the year gone past. Click here to read our publications including the annual report.
HOW DO I KNOW YOU ARE NOT MISUSING THE MONEY THAT PEOPLE DONATE?
Every rupee we receive in donations is accounted for. Established and reputed auditing firms audit us every year. Each year, we make our financials public. They are displayed on our website and in our annual reports.
I DON’T TRUST NGOS, WHAT MAKES SAVE THE CHILDREN DIFFERENT?
Save the Children has been changing the lives of children since almost a century. We started by helping children shattered by the First World War in Europe. Gradually, the Save the Children movement spread to different parts of the world wherein we started providing a better future to the most vulnerable and marginalised children. In India, we have impacted the lives of more than 10 million (1 crore) disadvantaged children since 2008.
Over the last nine years, we have gained a tremendous amount of credibility and are now widely recognised as the voice of India’s most neglected children. Our work has been covered by leading newspapers, magazines and news channels hundreds of time. Celebrities such as Dia Mirza, Kunal Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Richa Chadda at National level and Lewis Hamilton and Cristiano Ronaldo at International level support our work whole-heartedly.
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