SPRAT has some enviable credentials:
- A registered public charitable Trust and Society
- Indian Income Tax Sn 12-A & 80-G registration for tax exemption
- FCRA registration of the Home Ministry, permitting inward remittances globally
- Supported by discerning grant-makers such as Give Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Ford Foundation, ONGC, US State Dept, BSNL, IOC, AUDA/AMC, Shree Cement, Tata Chemicals, former PM I K Gujral, Dy PM L K Advani,
- Patronized by former PM Chandrashekhar, former RBI Governor I G Patel, Lord Bhikhu Parekh
- Co-promoted and nurtured by former Union Minister Dr Y K Alagh, other distinguished academics, bureaucrats and activists
- Bestowed with a National Award: adjudged the best small NGO in Western India and one of 13 best nation-wide
- Funded and supported by myriad individuals, firms and corporates
- Patronized by hundreds of activists, good Samaritans through various local advisory committees,
- Ourselves committed to transparency and total accountability we welcome any steps towards greater openness in social sector working. This obviously requires proper documentation.
The real challenge before any responsible NGO lies in getting its beneficiaries and staff to maintain proper accounting and evidences even while lowering the cost of transaction and without slowing down the processes.
INDIA NGO AWARD
Resource Alliance – Nand Jeet & Khemka Foundation adjudged SPRAT as the best small-size NGO of Western India and one of 13 best NGOs nation-wide.The award was presented jointly by M/s P Chidambaram and Narayan Murthy
The Registrar of Trusts and Charity Commissioner of Gujarat has granted registration under the
Bombay Public Trust Act.
SPRAT is registered both as a public charitable trust and also as a society
The Department of income tax has registered SPRAT under Section 12A.
12A Registration for Trust or NGO is one time exemption obtained right after incorporation to be exempted from paying income tax.
Section 8 Company, Trusts and NGOs having 12A registration enjoy exemption from paying income tax on the surplus income of the Trust or NGO.
An 80G certification is one that is granted to certain not-for-profit organisations / NGOs by the Indian Income Tax Department, after intense scrutiny. That is because this enables the donors of such NGOs to avail of certain deduction of their income tax calculated on their donations. Certain donations specified in section 80G are eligible for deduction up to 100%.Such NGos must first have a 12A registration.
SPRAT has enjoyed both these registrations from its early days.
Charitable Trusts, Societies, and Section 8 Companies that receive foreign contributions or donations from foreign sources are required to obtain registration under Section 6(1) of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010. Such a registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 is called a FCRA registration.
But such NGOs must first be registered with Darpan Portal of the Niti Aayog of Govt of India.
This Registration is granted by the Central Ministry of Home Affairs following IB clearance.
No more than 1.5% NGOs enjoy FCRA registration.
SPRAT has been affiliated with Give Foundation, not so much because it helped us garner resources, but to a large extent, because of the procedures it followed. We used this funding channel to streamline our processes and accountability.
Government Ministries / Departments / Government Bodies, to start with. Later it is proposed to cover all Central Ministries / Departments / Government Bodies.
It is Offered by the NITI Aayog in association with National Informatics Centre to bring about greater partnership between government & voluntary sector and foster better transparency, efficiency and accountability.
SPRAT is a recognized member of NGO-DARPAN.
Credibility Alliance is engaged in Certification of organizations adhering to Accountability, transparency and Good Governance Norms and provides Accreditation due diligence support to NPO’s, corporate and resource agencies.
To challenge irrationality and expose superstition, a cash award of Rs 1,00,000/- has been instituted by SPRAT’s President Mr. Hasan Jowher, for any act belying known science, conducted under controlled conditions.
To challenge irrationality and expose superstition, a cash award of Rs 1,00,000/- has been instituted by SPRAT’s President Mr. Hasan Jowher,for any act belying known science, conducted under controlled conditions.