With our emphasis on accountability and transparency in charities, The British Asian Trust pays tribute this month to our partner GuideStar India which provides information about 716 non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
“The credibility of organisations is key to how we select our partner charities,” said Trust Director Abha Thorat-Shah. “As part of our detailed due diligence procedure, we use the resources provided by GuideStar India to ensure that donations make the maximum impact and funds are distributed responsibly and effectively.”
GuideStar India encourages NGOs to provide comprehensive information including tax returns, audited accounts, registrations, photographs and other supporting documents. The GuideStar India site promotes transparency by ranking NGO search results on the basis of volume of information and how recently content was updated.
“Part of The British Asian Trust’s remit is to combat skepticism in the important sector of giving in South Asia,” said Abha Thorat-Shah.“By supporting GuideStar India and its services, the Trust is playing a role in building and strengthening the charitable sector, as well as instilling confidence in donors and supporters that their funds are making the greatest impact.”
GuideStar India CEO Pushpa Aman Singh said: “It is very encouraging for NGOs in India that The British Asian Trust uses GuideStar India as a resource for its grant making decisions. It is a recognition of the efforts put in by NGOs to demonstrate their transparency and accountability.”