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An 80 year old international NGO the CAF International Network provides specialist financial services to other charities and their supporters. In 2010, CAF helped over half a million donors give over £372 million to more than 45000 charities in over 90 countries. More than USD 2 million is given through CAF each day.

About CAF India

Charities Aid Foundation India (CAF India) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to effective giving locally and internationally. Registered as a public charitable trust and part of the CAF international network, CAF India set up operations in New Delhi in October 1998.

CAF India's mission has been to increase the flow of resources from corporations and high net worth individuals to the not-for-profit sector. Its role has been to bridge the gaps between the development sector and giving.

Having worked with over 13,500 donors in the last year itself we have learnt to help NGOs and donors grow with each other. Our main objective is to help donors identify and support NGOs that work on issues close to their heart.  We give donors a number of giving options to chose from. These include:
  • Corporate accounts,
  • Payroll Giving – Give As you Earn
  • Individual donations
  • One time donations
  • Donor Advised Funds
Our board includes luminaries from the critical sectors ranging from Banking to Social Sciences while our team embodies the experiences of diverse backgrounds and sectors. Sectoral Experience rooted to reality coupled with multiple approaches enable CAF India approach to understand “effective giving”.

Some Highlights of CAF India’s work

  • CAF India has a range of over 150 validated NGOs that work across diverse areas: children's issues, education, health care, livelihoods, helping the aged, animal welfare and the environment.
  • CAF has been one of the pioneers in addressing the credibility factors besetting the voluntary sector. In conjunction with the Planning Commission of India, CAF India initiated a validation programme in 2000, with the aim of enhancing standards of accountability in voluntary organisations. Its immediate result was a validated CAF India database consisting of over 1,300 NGOs; it also set in motion processes for exploring more evolved mechanisms to ensure credibility and accountability of non-profit organisations.
  • In 2009 - 10, we supported over 130 NGOs across 14 states in India. The NGOs we support go through a process of due diligence and validation and CAF India ensures the NGOs we recommend to our donors comply with all fiscal, legal and regulatory norms in-country. Building resources and the capacity of the not-for-profit sector in India is also core to our work in the country. Our work covers a broad spectrum of support from training and grantmaking to finance and donations management.

Role of CAF in the Support my School Campaign

A nationwide assessment of random schools by CAF India in 2010 identified serious gaps in water and sanitation system, budgetary provisions and children’s hygiene practices. There is an immediate need for more investment in these components for schools to become an important institution not just for child development but as an extension of community development.

Based on the learning of hitherto executed projects and the nationwide assessment, along with partners, CAF India, undertook school centered and community-based demonstration projects for water and sanitation infrastructure and value-based water and sanitation education in selected schools of India.

CAF India is onboard as a key partner to help implement and execute the Support My School campaign. The campaign works with Government, Municipal and NGO/Trust run schools. The execution entails the overall management and on ground implementation of the campaign. The spectrum of activity ranges from Identifying NGOs, schools to issuing tax exemption receipts to all donors.

Schools identified will be basis our referred national assessment survey and from those run by government/NGOs/Trust. This selection will be pan national, including states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP, Punjab, Delhi, West Bengal, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Cluster of 7-10 schools may be taken up in each state.

The work is to be carried out across 100 schools in 10 – 12 states across the country. It is being planned as activities for clusters of 7-15 schools in each area.

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