Skip to content

Donation Terms

Who can donate?

We can accept money ONLY from Indian citizens. If you are an Indian citizen but living abroad, we request you to donate through your Indian bank account for smoother  logistics.

How will my donation be used?

Donor funds are primarily used to support reporting costs (staff writers and freelancer fees, reporting expenses, editing and publishing). Over 90% of our spend is on the reports and articles you see on the Citizen Matters website. The rest is used on overheads such as server space and technology costs.

Note: Donation does not entitle you to any goods, services, positions at Oorvani Foundation or to any other consideration. Funds are used in accordance with our goals as decided by the trustees. Oorvani Foundation will publish periodic statements of accounts. Donations do not influence or direct editorial decisions at Oorvani Foundation.

How much should I donate?

Any amount you are comfortable with. Every rupee matters. An average article costs around Rs 15,000 and investigative / long form can cost upwards of Rs 30,000. We urge you to become a sustaining donor i.e commit a monthly recurring contribution that is affordable, convenient. It also helps us plan our work better!

How do I cancel my recurring donation?

You can cancel anytime by writing to us at However, we would request you to keep your donations active for a term of two years in order to make a significant difference to our work.

Do you refund donations?

Donations cannot be refunded except in case of credit card fraud or duplicate transactions. Please email within 14 days of payment to request a refund. Requests received after 14 days may not be possible to service.

What payment options are available?

If you are making a one-time donation (with recurring option turned off), you will get the option to pay through credit card, debit card, UPI, wallets or net banking. For recurring payments, only Visa and Mastercard credit card options are available. Your card will be charged every month on the same date. If you prefer to transfer through NEFT, please write to us at for the bank details.

Are my payment details safe?

Yes, your payment details are secure. We believe in keeping the absolute least amount of data necessary for keeping in touch (your name, phone number and email) and regulatory tax compliance (payment details and your PAN) and will resist overbroad requests for our donor’s data. Your personal payment-related information will be governed by our Privacy Policy. In particular, we will not disclose this information to anyone except where required by law.

Will I get a receipt to claim a 80G tax exemption?

Yes, we email donors a 80G receipt which is compliant for availing tax benefits. For all valid 80G receipts we require your PAN number which is collected along with the online donation. If you do not receive a receipt within a month of your donation or need a duplicate please write to

Who has supported Oorvani Foundation so far?

Oorvani Foundation has been supported by foundations, philanthropists as well as ordinary citizens.

We welcome all donations and hope to grow a large, diverse donor base of Indians from all regions, genders, castes and languages.

Please Note

  • Oorvani Foundation is a Charitable Trust, Registration no: BNG-BMH244/2013-14 Date of registration: 6th August, 2013
  • Income Tax Registrations u/s 12AA Oorvani Foundation is registered as a charitable trust u/s 12 A of Income Tax Act 1961 Vide No. DIT(E)BLR/12A/H-257/AAATO4080E/ITO(E)-2/Vol 2013-2014 with effect from AY 2014-15
  • Approval for exemption u/s 80G(5)(vi) Any donations made to Oorvani Foundation are exempt u/s 80G subject to limits prescribed under the Income Tax Act 1961. Approval no. DIT(E)BLR/80G/12A/H-257/AAATO4080E/ITO(E)-2/Vol 2013-2014 with effect from AY 2014-2015.
  • We do not yet have FCRA clearance, and can therefore accept contributions from Indian citizens residing in India only. If you are an Indian citizen but living abroad, we request you to donate through your Indian bank account for easier logistics.
  • For any other questions, please contact us at