5 Tips for Donating to an NGO
5 Tips for Donating to an NGO
  16 Dec'2021

When we were children, we were taught that if we see someone in need, we should help them. Our parents and elders taught this not only by saying but also by putting their words to action. We grew up watching them helping people in need, whether on the road or by donating to non-government organisations (NGOs).

And now that we are at a stage in life when are able to make some impact with our donation, we should do our part and donate to NGOs for causes we care about. However, the process of donation is not as simple as many people think. There is a proper legal procedure in place set by the Government of India to make a donation. A donation even offers tax exemption on your taxable income. If you are planning to start donating, here are 5 useful tips for you to do that:

 

  1. Research about the NGO

There are hundreds of NGOs in India for every cause. When you look for one on Google, you will have numerous options: some local, some national; some popular, and some not-so-popular. How do you know which one of them is authentic and not running a scam under the guise of running an NGO?

One might be under the impression that there will rarely be a person who will try to run a scam under a noble cause, but you will find that surprisingly many people are doing it. This is why it is recommended for you to vet an NGO before deciding to donate to it. All NGOs in India are registered in the records of the Government of India. In this current age of technology, it is easy to find out whether an NGO is genuine or not. Just go online and find out about the registration of an NGO before deciding to donate to it.

 

  1. Donate Via Cash

One of the simplest ways to donate is via cash. Simply visit the NGO you wish to donate to, take the receipt in exchange for cash, and return home. However, you cannot donate just any amount as cash. If you wish to qualify for the tax exemption under Section 80G, your cash donation amount cannot be more than Rs. 2000.  If you want to donate more than Rs 2000, you will have to choose another mode of payment, online or cheque. This is to ensure that all donations are recorded properly, and the donors get to fully benefit from Section 80G.

 

  1. Monthly Donation

Talk to any person who has donated/donates and they will tell you that it’s better to donate a small amount every month than a large amount once or twice a year. To begin with, small monthly donations are easy on the pocket. For large sums, you will have to save for a few months, which can be taxing. It’s a more convenient option to donate a small amount every month. This way, your amount will have a larger impact and be useful for a long stretch of time. Most people who donate prefer to donate monthly.

 

  1. Online Donation

Digitisation has changed the way we work. Now you don’t even need to visit an NGO to donate to it. Instead, you can do it from the comfort of your home. When you donate to an NGO, a registration number is given to you. Donate next time using that same registration number to put it in the record that you are a person who has donated to the NGO before.

It’s now easy to do online registration for an NGO to donate. The registration process for an NGO is quick and easy. Anyone can do it. Simply register for donation, get your registration number, and donate. When you are donating the next time, use your registration number from the previous time to convey that you are making another donation. This makes it easier for an NGO to track a donation. Additionally, in case you cannot remember your registration number for the donation, talk to someone at the NGO and they will help you find your registration. If you are donating from outside India, you will have to do FCRA registration for NGO donation.

 

  1. Donate Via Cheque

If you like to give a personal touch with your donation, a cheque is the best way to do that. Write a cheque and give it directly to the NGO. You will receive a soft digital copy of the receipt after the cheque’s clearance and a hard copy within 2 weeks after the cheque’s clearance. Many people prefer to do it this way, especially when they have children. Visiting the NGO for donation serves two purposes: 1) they donate to the cause they care about, and 2) they get to teach children the importance of donation like their parents taught it to them.

 

A donation is an act of kindness. It’s an unselfish act where you send the world a message that you will help the ones in need whenever you can. And now you know how to make an impact with your donation.

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