Background Note On CAF India Working with Individuals And Foundations
Background Note on CAF India
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
CAF has been working to help donors to give more effectively and charities to make the most of their
resources for more than 80 years – and CAF has been an independent charity for more than 30 years.
CAF International works globally and has US$5 billion under management on behalf of donors and civil society
organisations. The network is led by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), a registered charity in the UK. The network
offices are located in UK (Head Office), India, Australia, Bulgaria, Russia, South Africa, USA, Brazil
More than US$2m is given through CAF each day and last year CAF distributed funds to over 45,000 civil society
organisations across 90 countries.
CAF’s international activity positions CAF as a foundation with a global vision to increase the flow of resources
specifically encouraging and enabling local giving around the world, enabling the effective distribution of
resources by grantmakers and companies, borderless or Diaspora giving – increasing the flow of resources from
the developed world to NGOs in developing countries.
Services provided across the network include: designing and running giving programmes; managing charitable
funds and providing training for civil society organisations.
CAF India is a registered public charitable trust and is part of the CAF International network. Established in New
Delhi in October 1998, CAF India's mission has been to increase the flow of resources from corporations and high
net worth individuals to the non-profit sector.
In India we have provided giving solutions – Payroll giving, Company Accounts, Donor Advised Funds to several
individuals and multinational companies and their employees since 1998.
CAF India has a wide range of validated charities that work across diverse areas of children, education,
health care, livelihoods, aged, animal welfare and environment. The charities we support go through a
process of due diligence and validation and CAF India ensures the charities we recommend to our donors comply
with all the fiscal, legal & regulatory norms in-country.
Growing local giving
Over the years, CAF has been established as an accountable and transparent service provider to corporations in
the arena of Corporate Community Initiatives. There is an increasing focus on acting as a bridge between the
companies and the communities we serve. The number of corporations and individuals that are aware of CAF
services and solutions has increased in the last decade. This has been achieved by making them aware of
sustainable social considerations as part of their corporate strategy.
Our Donor Services team works closely with companies and individuals, helping them engage more effectively
with the community.
We do this by
Helping donors find and support the causes which are important to them
Helping donors engage employees and customers in charitable giving
Designing a community program which matches the donor’s objectives
Ensuring that NGOs are validated and distributed only to bona fide charitable organisations
Providing services that ensure charitable support is as tax-efficient as it can be
CAF India Giving Solutions
For Foundations and Individuals
Foundation Set up and Management
CAF India has partnered with Baxter Foundation in setting up and incubating the Chronic Care Foundation in
2006-07 with seed funding of USD 0.5 million. The foundation focuses on critical healthcare issues such as
diabetes, cardiovascular and renal diseases.
CAF India has been retained to set up the Steve Waugh Foundation in India and also manage the grantmaking for
CAF India Donor Advised Fund
This Fund allows Individuals or Foundations to support their own project in any area across any part of India. The
donor will be eligible for 50% tax exemption under Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act. CAF India will
advise the donors regarding the need for funding in certain interesting projects. CAF India takes care of the due
diligence, validation, monitoring and reporting.
CAF India has the expertise in developing charitable giving programmes:
CAF India has managed programmes for corporates – from appeals response to evaluating impact, it has
provided consultancy on design and development of programmes to various corporates over the last decade,
done research and recommended charities. CAF India has provided administrative support,
monitored, evaluated and reported on programmes.