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Government of India’s New Strict requirements for Foreign Contribution Receipt Act Certificate (FCRA) and Maharashtra Foundation’s Action Plan.
Under the new anti-terrorist measures, the Government of India has made it mandatory that all charitable Organizations in India, receiving foreign originated funds must have the FCRA certificate. Most of the organizations receiving donations from MF do not have the required FCRA certificate. Thus MF has to take some decisive action.
Further, the U.S. government has also increased the scrutiny of organizations sending dollars to charitable organizations, as those may be diverted to or sent under the guise of charity to suspected violent or terrorist organizations
How does it affect Maharashtra Foundation?
Every year MF sends donations to over 100 organizations in dollars. MF sends money to only those NGOs that have FCRA certificate.
It is the primary responsibility of the recipient organization to obtain the FCRA, it is also a pro-active responsibility of the donor organization like MF to make sure that they have the FCRA before sending the dollars or Rupees. This becomes an even more serious responsibility in light of the focus and attention the U.S. Homeland Security Department has placed on the dollars given abroad under charitable cover.
Click here: http://fcraonline.nic.in/fc8_statewise.aspx for further information about foreign contribution regulation act (FCRA).