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The Answers to All Your Questions

General FAQ

What is the belief behind Orenda Foundation?

We believe that unless members of the civil society are involved proactively in the process of development, sustainable change will not happen. Believing in this principle of ‘People driven Change’, Orenda Foundation works with societies and individuals in order to make them partners in its mission.

What is the scenario in India, presently?

India has about 7 million artisans and 11 million children living on the streets and 14 million children working as labors. Only 60% have access to education, skill development despite having a national policy on compulsory elementary education. Artisans, women artisans across the nation are on the verge of extinct as the handloom and handicraft industry is on the verge of extinct. These artisans earn less than $1 a day and unable to feed themselves and their families, they look for other jobs, leaving behind their skills and craftmanship.

Does Orenda Foundation work in India or other countries too?

Orenda Foundation is a national level development organization with its welfare projects spread across India.

What is the mission of Orenda Foundation?

We ensure that the communities we work with can care for themselves through free trade, fair trade as well improve people's lives through their own endeavour. Through market research and study, we build models that help our communities improve their socio-economic conditions and livelihood

Which areas does Orenda Foundation work in?

Orenda Foundation has been working in the thematic areas of education, healthcare, skill development, and empowerment of women

What is Social Venture Philanthropy model?

SVP: Social Venture Philanthropy (SVP) is an innovative model based on the business concept of venture capital. Under SVP, Orenda Foundation identifies, handholds and builds capacities of genuine grassroots communities. Orenda focuses on achieving scalability and sustainability, creating a culture of leadership and excellence and inculcating a deep sense of accountability among its communities.

What is the Outreach model?

While working in the remote rural areas, Orenda Foundation realized that the capacities of community-based organizations (CBOs) were not adequate to meet the expectations of social investors. Under the outreach model, Orenda Foundation gets a first-hand experience on the nuances of development at the grassroots through its Outreach model and then shares the same with partner organizations.

How can one associate with the organization?

In our journey so far, we have received immense support from numerous individuals, many private and public sector companies, development agencies, educational institutions, public figures and the mass media. One can associate with us in any of these above mentioned ways. Please visit the contact of our website for more information on the possible ways of being involved in our journey.

How can I donate to Orenda Foundation?

You can go to Donate Now section of Orenda Foundation's website and donate online. For other donations related queries please write to donation@Orendafoundation.org

What are the ways of measuring impacts of the various programmes?

Orenda Foundation has a proper program management system that tracks progress and does periodic analysis - both qualitative and quantitative. Periodic external evaluations are also done to gauge the impact and progress of various programs.

FAQ for individual donors

What information is sent to the donors?

The donor gets an instant acknowledgement mail along with an SMS. On receiving the reconciliation statement from the bank, a receipt is sent via e-mail immediately, followed by a hard copy by post (within India). The receipt is accompanied by a 'welcome pack' which is also a token of appreciation. The donor receives a birthday wish, wishes on important festivals, programme updates and an annual impact report during a year's time.

What will Orenda do with my donation?

As soon as the donation through cheque or online is reconciled by the bank, the amount is allotted to the specific program, which it has been meant for. The utilization and results are managed, monitored, and audited. The outcome is reflected in the annual impact report, which is shared with the donors.

How does Orenda Foundation ensure that the donor's contribution is being utilized in the intended way?

Orenda Foundation follows the principle of good governance. We have a four-tier audit mechanism to track and monitor the funds raised and utilized. More details of the process are mentioned at https://www.Orendafoundationindia.org/governance.html

Does Orenda accept donations in USD or Pounds?

Yes, the organization accepts donations in USD and pounds as well but only in the form of cheques, drafts, or via an online payment gateway. As a policy, the organization adheres to all government norms and maintains optimum transparency with the donors. The organization does have an FCRA account for its international supporters. However, tax exemptions are applicable as per the country-specific guidelines.

How much should I donate? (we can give break up of monthly expenditure of a child)

There is no specific amount that should be donated. However, all the programs have a detailed breakup of the expenditure displayed online.

Is the website safe to make online payments?

Yes, the website is safe for any kind of transaction. Also, any information exchange is kept safe and in no condition gets disclosed. Also, the payment gateway is a third-party payment gateway recognized by the financial institutions under the government of India. So any transaction also is thoroughly secured.

What is the process of keeping the donor?s information safe?

As a credible organization, we honor the privacy of our donors. The donor data is not exposed or shared with any external agency under any circumstances. We have a robust in-house mechanism and server system where the records are kept safe. The entire setup is protected with passwords and is guarded by surveillance software. The data is kept strictly confidential and only authorized staff with a special non-disclosure bond have access to it.

What are the Tax benefits that a donor will get?

A donor will get 50% of tax exemption on the donation under section 80 G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Do you issue Tax receipts? How soon will the receipts arrive?

Yes, tax receipts are issued to all the donors irrespective of the amount supported. A digital copy of the receipt is generated and sent via e-mail post realization of the donated amount. The hard copy of the receipt is delivered to the donor within 10 working days.

What happens if the tax receipt is lost?

In case of loss of the original receipt, a duplicate tax receipt is issued on receipt of a formal request from the donor.