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Certification of NGOs

GivingTuesdayIndia is powered by GuideStar India, a programme of Civil Society Information Services India, a public charitable trust registered in New Delhi in 2009. GuideStar India is India’s largest NGO information repository with more than 9200 verified NGOs on its portal www.guidestarindia.org. It promotes the visibility of NGOs and helps them demonstrate transparency and public accountability through the portal. GuideStar India certifies NGOs, that voluntarily choose to undergo its due diligence process, based on their level of compliance and public reporting. The certification is valid for one year based on the financial year for which the NGO is reviewed.

GivingTuesdayIndia features all GuideStar India registered NGOs that are verified for their non-profit status and their Permanent Account Number with the Income Tax Department in India. You can view profiles of all 9200+ NGOs and search for their various needs and connect with them directly. However, in our Donate to NGOs links, you would only be shown GuideStar India Certified NGOs that have undergone higher levels of due diligence. Always look for the certification seals. The seals disappear when the NGO's certification validity expires.

Platinum Seal- Champion Level: Awarded to NGOs for comprehensive transparency, accountability and good governance practices. NGO makes exemplary level of public disclosure through GuideStar India’s website and Disclosure Template. Organisation shares in the public domain, its tax returns filed within due date, audited annual accounts and auditor’s report submitted to tax authorities and Ministry of Home Affairs (if applicable), for two years. There are no material qualifications in its audited accounts. Third party reference checks are carried out. Only NGOs completing the process for Gold Seal within 1 month can apply for Platinum.

Gold Seal- Advanced Level: Awarded to NGOs for advanced accountability and good governance procedures adopted by the organisation. Organisation shares in the public domain, its tax returns filed within due date, audited annual accounts and auditor’s report submitted to tax authorities and Ministry of Home Affairs (if applicable), for two years. There are no material qualifications in its audited accounts. NGOs which do not qualify for the Gold Seal due to minor deviations would be awarded the Silver Seal. However, an NGO cannot apply for the Silver Seal directly.

Gold Seal- Advanced Level: Awarded to NGOs for advanced accountability and good governance procedures adopted by the organisation. Organisation shares in the public domain, its tax returns filed within due date, audited annual accounts and auditor’s report submitted to tax authorities and Ministry of Home Affairs (if applicable), for two years. There are no material qualifications in its audited accounts. NGOs which do not qualify for the Gold Seal due to minor deviations would be awarded the Silver Seal. However, an NGO cannot apply for the Silver Seal directly.

For more information, please visit: https://guidestarindia.org/CertifiedNGOs.aspx