General FAQ's

SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY is an Indian trust and almost all SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY supporters are Indian or of Indian origin. SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY funds are deployed in India to benefit underprivileged Indian children and a small proportion is also invested in local causes.
SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY has also periodically received support from international organisations that have helped with special requirements, like hiring qualified professionals and setting up SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY direct marketing cell.

SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY raises the valuable resources we need for our work through:

  • Individuals
  • Corporate and institutional donations

We believe that the work we do restores to children what is rightfully theirs. Beneficiaries must not be made to feel obliged for the support they receive. Hence, rather than supporting individual children, we pool the resources we raise and disburse them to the programmes we support. Every attempt is made to ensure that there is no differentiation between children. And while names of children are withheld, we encourage you to visit the projects we partner, so that you can experience the various ways to which your resources are being put.

SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY believes that community mobilisation is one of the key aspects of ensuring sustainable change.

For more than three decades, our approach has ensured that children, their parents and communities are informed about their rights and engage with their local government bodies to make sure that the root causes of their immediate problems are solved

We have learned that effecting long-term, sustainable change requires a holistic approach. Accomplishing this kind of change necessitates work at three levels:

  • Direct action with children in the form of education and health care.
  • Community mobilisation towards achievement of their rights.
  • Advocacy with government bodies to influence policy framing and implementation.

Financial support and non-financial inputs in the form of organisation development, capacity building and training is extended to:

  • Individuals and projects working directly with underprivileged children and their parents, with local communities and government bodies
  • Resource organisations that provide training, education material, etc. to smaller, younger initiatives in particular
  • Nodal agencies that function as miniature CRYs, permitting us to increase our reach
  • Strategic alliances or networks, whose aim is to facilitate the transfer of learning, build solidarity and influence policy

The full-time employees are given regular salaries. We believe that this is important to attract the professional talent we need to manage our activities (and your resources) effectively. It is important to note, however, that SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY salaries are modest in comparison with commercial organisations.

You can access our Annual Reports online as well as request a printed copy from the SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY office nearest to you.

Donations from individuals are the mainstay of SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY fundraising efforts. We make all attempts to enlist in this movement for children each of the concerned individuals who come from every walk of life and every corner of the globe. To enable us do this, we send direct appeals, updates via snail mail and email.
We also use other avenues like third-party provided services for face-to-face marketing and tele-calling, to reach out to individuals. Each representative / DSA (direct sales agent) from the agencies will carry with them an identification card clearly stating that s/he is a SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY representative along with the SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY logo and office address.
Should you like more information on SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY or would like to confirm the identity of the representative or any specific detail in his/ her presence, please contact any of the SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY offices. The representatives are not authorized to collect/ ask for / accept any cash donations for SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY . Only a cheque or demand Draft in favour of SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY  will be accepted by them.

If you have any queries that have not been addressed here or require clarification on any of the information provided, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at the SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY Office nearest to you or email us at

As an NGO (non-government organisation), we do not receive any direct government funding allowing us to remain independent, making unbiased evaluations of government policies and programmes. The government has also extended certain tax and duty exemptions to us, enabling us minimise costs

It most certainly does. A small amount goes a long way. In fact, individuals’ contributions form almost 90 to 95% of our income. Taken together, it is these seemingly small contributions that collectively add up to a large amount needed to effect change. There are people all over who are concerned about the situation of children and who want to do something to change it. However, their own commitments and pressures do not allow them to go out and directly work with children. SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY provides them the opportunity to help in whatever way they can. They can contribute their money, materials, time, or skills. When everybody comes together and pitches in, no task is impossible. This COLLECTIVE ACTION has an impact and brings about change. Every individual’s contribution is important. This is the fundamental principle on which SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY functions.

Our selection process is based on the values of trust, transparency, partnership and accountability. SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY Development Support division works closely with partners to understand their needs, ensure resources are optimally used through regular budgeting and reporting systems aided by Account Aid, a firm of chartered accountants specialising in this sector.

Read the detailed process here

SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY organisational costs comprise:

  • Raising donations
  • Selecting, monitoring, evaluating and providing capacity building inputs to projects
  • Creating public awareness on our children’s situation and their rights
  • Support activities like administration, human resources, communication, information technology and financial management.
  • Designing paper products such as greeting cards, stationery etc.

Office equipment, furniture, travel, courier services, information technology support, media and advertising are some of the areas in which we receive free or discounted services from corporate partners as well as donations in cash and kind, wherever possible. Exemptions from duties also help reduce our costs. Income from corpus investments and other funds are also used to cover expenses.

We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our on-going need for support in the form of infrastructure, equipment, corpus funds, skills and services. It is support of this nature that enables us to focus on our activities in the field rather than on our own viability. Each rupee saved is another deployed to benefit children. Every contribution in these areas actually frees resources and enhances our capacities.

How to Donate for Children
  • Select a donation scheme and specify the amount
  • Your donation amount will show up on the right
  • If you are donating just once to begin with, click on ‘I am giving just this once’
  • If you are interested in giving recurring donations via credit card or bank, click ‘I want to make it a habit’
  • You will be taken to an online donation form. Please fill up all the required details and click on continue
  • Select the card type that you wish to use and click on proceed
  • You will be re-directed to a secure Citibank payment gateway
  • You will be taken to the online donation form
  • Please ensure your donation amount is correct. This amount can be changed by clicking on it right there
  • Please ensure your donation amount is correct. This amount can be changed by clicking on it right there
  • If you select Credit Card, you will be prompted to select your preferred credit card
  • Click on proceed to be re-directed to the secure payment gateway
  • If you select Via Bank, you will receive the necessary instructions on the same page

You will receive an instant receipt for all your online donations along with the donation amount and receipt number.

Donation FAQs

Yes. When you donate online, you help us twice over, as it is the most cost-efficient channel of collecting funds for SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY.

  • Not at all. It’s simple and safe method. Here’s what you have to do to make a donation online the SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY site:

    • Decide the amount that you wish to donate towards any one of the causes or towards SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY work in general
    • Confirm the amount and whether you would like to donate once to start with or make it a recurring donation
    • Enter your name, contact and other details. Please double check before proceeding for payment
    • Specify your mode of payment Choose between the Payment Gateway option and proceed
    • Fill in your credit/debit card/Bank account details. You will get an immediate confirmation of your donation through an email with a donation number and instant receipt for your donation.
  • You can contribute by using your credit/ debit card online. Both Mastercard and Visa are accepted. However, we do not accept American Express credit cards on the SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY site.We are now having Amex facility also through the Bill desk payment gateway.

Absolutely. We adopt stringent security measures to ensure that critically sensitive information, such as your personal information and your credit/debit card details, are protected. These measures include the following:

  • All your personal information is encrypted before it is transmitted over the Internet. This guarantees that your information is inaccessible to any third party.
  • We use industry-standard SSL (Standard Sockets Layer) Encryption Technology for data encryption.
  • We have been certified as a VeriSign Secure site. Verisign is a leading US-based Net Authentication Agency which certifies that a site’s transactions are secured by SSL encryption.

We are committed to protecting your personal information with us. For more details, please do read our Privacy Policy.

You have complete control over your personal information on the SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY site. You can change all your personal data – name, address, phone numbers, email id by simply calling or writing to us

We accept donations only in Indian Rupees on the SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY site in India. However, you can send us Cheques/ Demand Drafts in any currency.
Donors residing in countries other than India, US and UK, can also donate via bank transfers. Please write to us at for details on this.
Please note that SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY does not accept donations in cash.

Donations to SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY are exempt from 50% under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. Tax exemption is valid only in India.

Certainly. While specifying the details of your donation, just mention that you wish to claim tax benefits. The tax exemption certificate will reach you within 45 working days.

For more assistance or information on donating to CRY in India, please do write to us at

SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY takes the utmost care to process donations as per the instructions given by our donors, online and offline. However, in case of an unlikely event of an erroneous donation or if the donor would like to cancel his donation, SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY will respond to the donor within 7 working days of receiving a valid request for refund from the donor. The timely refund of the donation will depend upon the type of credit card/banking instrument used during the transaction. The donor will have to send SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY a written request for a refund within 2 days of making the donation to CRY’s official address or email along with-
1. Proof of the deduction of the donation amount.
2. In cases where the donation receipt has already been issued to the donor, the donor will have to return the original receipt to us at our office addresses.
3. If the tax exemption certificate is already issued, then we are sorry but we will not be able to refund the donation. However, in case of a valid refund request due to any error on SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY part, SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY will refund the donation and bear the costs of the same.
4. International donations will need minimum 10 days for the refund process.

Global FAQs

Yes, you can donate to SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY even if you are living outside of India. Please click here to donate online.

  • You can either drop us an email at with the new details. We’ll update our systems as soon as we can.

  • We require this information for NRI (Non-Resident Indians) donors who are Indian citizens having an Indian passport. This is because their contribution goes into a separate account as per the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, (FCRA), 1976.

We accept donations only in Indian Rupees on the SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY site in India. However, you can send us Cheques/ Demand Drafts in any currency.
Donors residing in countries other than India, US and UK, can also donate via bank transfers. Please write to us at for details on this or more information on donation currency.
Please note that SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY does not accept donations in cash.

Donations to SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETY are exempt from 50% under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. Tax exemption is valid only in India.

No, we dont provide any tax exemption certificate.

For more assistance or information on donating to SHANTHI NIKETHAN EDUCATION SOCIETYplease do write to us at Not residing in India, US, UK? Click here to donate