13 October 2022

Where can I donate money to help the needy?

Recently, India overtook the position of the UK as the fifth largest economy in the world. However, while comparing the GDP per capita of both the countries, the average income of India is very less compared to the UK. This low GDP per capita is a very clear indication of high poverty in the country. 

Poverty in India is an issue that has been existing in the country for many years. Around 6-7% of the population in India lives in extreme poverty (as of 2022). 

Even though there are many government organisations and famous NGOs in India that work towards helping and empowering the weaker sections of the society, the country still has a long way to go. 

When it comes to donations, monetary donations are seen as one of the best ways to help needy people. But the question is where to donate the money if one wants to help the underprivileged?

Here are some of the places where one can donate their money for the needy people-

  • Donating to NGOs

There are more than 30 Lakh NGOs in India where donors can donate their money. However, with such a big number, it is difficult to find a good NGO in India where the donor’s money will be wisely used. 

Hence, the biggest NGOs in India that work towards uplifting the underprivileged sections of the society are usually seen as a good option to donate. An example of such biggest NGO in India is Narayan Seva Sansthan. The Sansthan is a globally recognized trust with more than 480 branches in India alone and several branches in countries like Thailand, Australia, UK, Japan, Canada, and so on. 

  • Donating to disaster relief funds

Natural disasters and calamities are a huge hit to the people (especially lower middle class) that pushes them to poverty. In order to help such people, the government and other organisations have set up various disaster relief funds like The Natural Disaster Response Fund and so on where one can donate. 

  • Donating for covid relief funds

With the onset of pandemic, over 23 crore Indians have been pushed to poverty by 2021. In order to help these people, the government and organisations have come up with several Covid-19 relief funds where the public can donate. PM CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund) is an example of this. 

  • Donating for religious purpose 

Usually, a religious donation can be either a charitable one (religious charities) or a non-charitable one (like money donated for rituals or to priests). Focusing on the religious charities, these can be either used for religious purposes like religious education or for providing services and care to the community like providing food or shelter to the needy. 

Hence, if you are donating to religious charities that uplift the underprivileged in society, it can be a great way of helping the needy.

Narayan Seva Sansthan 

Narayan Seva Sansthan is one of the best NGOs in India that aims in uplifting the Divyangs and other underprivileged sections of the society. The sansthan has more than 480 branches in India and has its global presence in many countries like Thailand, Japan, USA, UK and so on. 

Some of their offerings include –

  • Treatment of underprivileged and specially abled people in their hospitals. 
  • More than 80 corrective surgeries of the divyangs on a daily basis. 
  • Mass marriage ceremonies held for poor and specially abled people. (37 mass ceremonies till date) 
  • Care for specially abled and underprivileged children through school (Narayan children academy), orphanage (Bhagwan Mahaveer nirashrit Balgrah), Residential homes (for children with visual and hearing impairment) and MR homes (for mentally challenged children) and so on.

In order to provide these offerings to the needy, the Sansthan receives monetary donations from several individuals, businesses and other institutes.

To know more about the Sansthan and their donation procedures, you can click here!