CSIP to Host #charcha2020 Track on India’s Regulatory Landscape for Nonprofits

Join CSIP at #charcha2020 on May 15 for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the best way forward for India’s nonprofit regulatory landscape and a vibrant development sector.

India’s government agencies, businesses, foundations, NGOs, and individuals have responded generously and rapidly to the needs of those affected by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. 

Throughout this crisis, the tireless work of nonprofits has been phenomenal. They have served as first responders delivering cooked food, rations, sanitation supplies and protective gear; as advocates for vulnerable populations, including migrant workers, daily wage earners, women, children, people with disabilities, transgender communities, and the elderly; as amplifiers of government schemes; as communicators on preventive health and sanitation measures; as mobilisers of resources, including cash, supplies, skills, services, and networks; as connectors fostering collaboration and optimising resources; as innovators in policy and technology; and as guardians of our rights and freedoms.

This much has occurred in spite of India’s fragmented, arbitrary, often disabling regulatory landscape. What needs to change to allow our social sector to deliver to its fullest potential in response to COVID-19 and beyond? Hear from a panel of eminent experts, including: 

  • Mathew Cherian, CEO, HelpAge India
  • Noshir Dadrawala, CEO, Centre for the Advancement of Philanthropy
  • Priyadarshini Singh, senior visiting fellow, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Ashoka University 
  • Sanjay Agarwal, CEO, AccountAid
  • Ingrid Srinath, Director, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Ashoka University

The discussion will be followed by deep dives into each regulatory domain, focusing on answering participant questions on India’s laws and policies impacting the social sector. Not sure what the compliance requirements are? Need advice on a particular issue your organisation is facing? Not clear about recent changes to registration requirements? Concerned about proposed changes to CSR rules? Mystified by the requirements of the FCRA? These breakout sessions are for you, including:

  • Taxation: Dr. Sanjay Patra, Executive Director, Financial Management Service Foundation
  • FCRA: Sanjay Agarwal, CEO, AccountAid 
  • CSR: Noshir Dadrawala, CEO, Centre for the Advancement of Philanthropy


  • Panel discussion: 10- 11 a.m., Friday, May 15
  • Deep dives: 11.05 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, May 15
  • Registration: charcha2020.splashthat.com