Click on the questions below to learn the answers to some commonly asked questions :
Q. Does NIKUNJ receive government funding?
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 .
In that case, how does NIKUNJ raise resources?
2. Corporate and institutional donations
The problem is huge! Will my small contribution make a difference?
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. NIKUNJ 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 NIKUNJ functions.
Q. How does Nikunj make a difference?
Nikunj active support for child development over a long period of time aims to improve the preschool care and development, primary and secondary education, to an adulthood in which they can be valuable and productive members of their community.
Nikunj works to overcome the barriers that prevent children from breaking out of the poverty cycle. Its advocacy initiatives are aligned to child rights as laid down by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
By involving children and seeking their views at every stage of program design, implementation and evaluation, Nikunj ensures that children play an active role in their own growth.
Nikunj, a sec 25 company while providing immediate relief also works with the community the children are in, an approach we call “Child Centered Community Development,” because we believe that no child exists in isolation, but is part of a larger community. To bring a change in the life of the child a change in the community is a must. To have a long-term impact on the lives of children efforts are made to ensure children their rights through awareness raising and support for educational and vocational training. Across Plan’s projects a common theme is participation and children having a voice of their own.
Q. What will Nikunj do with my Donation?
Nikunj runs various programs to work with children in difficult circumstances. These programs essentially focus on education, health care, nutrition and shelter. We also enroll children in child media programs and ensure their participation in the innovative programs to empower them so that they can voice their opinions.
Emphais is also on preventive measures like disaster preparedness in disaster prone areas, prevention of child labor and instances of street children, prevention and inclusion of HIV affected children, etc. The money that you contribute will go towards these programs.
Q. How do I ensure that my donation for the NGO is utilized properly?
Ans : Nikunj is very transparent on its costs. To assure complete transparency to our donors/stakeholders you are free to check our accounts and/or visit programs. Accounts and programs are audited regularly and strict guidelines on finances are maintained as per International global standards at all times.
Q. How much of my money goes towards NikunjÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s development projects?
Ans : We are a Section 25 company . On average, 80% of the money raised by Nikunj goes towards planning and implementing our program work and 20 % goes towards marketing and administration.
Q. Does Nikunj India get funds from any other source than individuals?
Ans : In India we have been working on getting funds from corporates and also various funding institutions. These funds for our NGO in India are used for specific issues/programs.
Q. How does Nikunj identify the programs and areas to work in?
Projects are supported based on Nikunj’s identified areas of work and priority needs that align with Nikunj’s vision and mission through thorough need assessment studies.
The projects are identified based on their innovativeness and capacity to change children’s lives through involvement of the community members as well as the children themselves. The assessment of prospective partners through partner assessment tools is also taken up to ensure that project objectives are met and benefits reach those for whom they are intended.
Q. Can I meet the children I am assisting?
Ans : Nikunj follows strict guidelines on child protection. Since we work with children in difficult circumstances and hence a very vulnerable section of children we cannot reveal the identity of the child to you. You may visit one of our programs on a schedule donor visit.
Q. What information is sent to the donor?
Ans : We send communication material every quarter to the donors, providing updates on program activities and sharing success stories from Nikunj’s work supported by your donations.
Q. Is there any advantage to donating online?
Ans : Yes. As using the online medium as primary resource to donate is a far more cost effective than costly channels like field offices or call centers.