Yes, we do.
Ministry of Finance, Government of India: Smiley Children Society, an eligible project:
In the year 2003, we applied to the National Committee for Promotion of Social and Economic Welfare, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, explaining our mid-day meal programme. This committee is headed by the former Chief Justice of India and several other prominent citizens from all over the country.
On examining our programme, Smiley Children Society was recommended as an eligible project by this National Committee to raise donations up to Rs.22 crores and grant 100% tax benefits to the donors. This committee reviewed our programme in the year 2006, and further extended the benefits of 100% tax exemption to the donors for another three years. In the year 2009, Smiley Children Society programme was reviewed and the tax exemption benefit to the donors was renewed for another three years.
In our application to the National Committee, we had clearly indicated the basis for the sustainability of the programme as follows:
Conversion cost support from State Government 25%
Subsidized grain allotment 25%
We have also been filing statements of donations raised before the National Committee.
The Ministry of Human Resources Department Guidelines encourages voluntary contributions:
The Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, has issued guidelines for conduct of the mid-day meal programme and one of the clauses states:
The Guidelines, in Annexure IX Para 7: "The state government shall be fully responsible in implementing the program through NGOs support either for a cooked meal or pre cooked food variant in eligible schools. To this extent the State Government or the NGO concerned, may mobilize resources for conversion of food grains in to a cooked meal."
In addition, the Guidelines of revised National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education, 2004, encourages voluntary contributions from the community to improve the meal.
Voluntary Community Support for Mid-Day Meal to be encouraged
Members of the community should be encouraged and invited to contribute towards providing a wholesome meal to children. There are many social occasions like religious festivals, marriages, etc. when local families will be happy to contribute a special dish or a sweet to the school Mid-Day Meal programme. This, as also other voluntary contributions from the community (say, in the form of cooking device/cooker, utensils, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, etc.) should be encouraged.
The trust deed of The Smiley Children Society Foundation, which is a trust registered in Bangalore, empowers the Board of Trustees to raise donations. The clause states:
8.xi To accept gifts, donations or contributions from individuals, corporate and non-profit organizations around the world so far as they are not inconsistent with the objects of the trust.
This trust deed has been filed with the various departments of the Government in the last several years.
Yes, it does.
For receiving donations from foreign countries, Smiley Children Society has taken the permission from Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, under Foreign Contributions (Regulations) Act and the statements of all donations received are being reported to the Home Ministry year after year.
The foreign donations that we receive is a small percentage of our total requirement (about 10%) and it is mostly from a few well known industrialists of Indian origin.
1. A strategic initiative to address two crucial and inter-linked issues: hunger and illiteracy
2. A wholesome, nutritious, three-item menu, prepared in stringent hygienic conditions, as per the nutritionist's recommendations
Our program is :
1. Implemented using a technology-intensive, centralized and decentralised models that can be efficiently scaled and replicated
2. Secular, and inclusive, with the child as the focus
3. Transparent, professionally managed, and run by a Board of Trustees, with the support of committed professionals and volunteers.
Only Indian nationals are eligible for tax exemption as this benefit is valid only in India. Contributions to ActionAid Association are exempted from Tax under section 80G of Income Tax Act 1961, which means a tax exemption of 50% of your contribution.
we assure that 98% Amount will be used for purpose donated and rest 2% for administrative or accounting expenses,
in smiley children society, we will not pay any fixed salary to our volunteers, they work for social cause, so your donation amount will be spent to the poor children only.
we donations from donors to celebrate their important days.
If donors are unable to attend, they can send money,
and the we will use the funds to provide dinner,
or based on amount we will including extra
Yes, we also train single women & Poor women by giving them training by tailoring, till 2023 there are 23+ women got trained and now earning Rs.180 Per day. before they used to work as daily labor for Rs.50 Per day