KISS awarded Platinum Star for NGO transparency

Sep 28: The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) was awarded the Guide
Star India Champion Level-Platinum Certification by the GuideStar India for NGO
Transparency (Financial Transparency) at a special programme in Mumbai on
Over 51,400
NGOs had applied through mail and workshop for the GuideStar India Transparency
Awards 2016. Only 307 organisations emerged winners at various levels. The KISS
is one of the 14 Platinum winners. Earlier, the KISS had also won the Gold-Star
award for its financial transparency.
recognition follows the KISS’ inclusion recently in the Top 500 NGOs in the
world, widely regarded as the ‘nonprofit Ivy League’, and top 10 NGOs in India
by the Geneva-based NGO Advisor.
As part of
its commitment to maintain the highest level of transparency, the KISS always
publishes its accounts details, annual report and all other relevant information
on its website besides filing these documents regularly with authorities
concerned. The KISS has achieved Platinum certification despite being an NGO of
only 20 years.

The award
acquires added relevance as recently the Supreme Court had noted that only 8%
to 10%, about 31 lakh NGOs, in India filed their accounts with the Registrar of
Societies detailing their receipt and expenditure. The KISS got the Platinum
award along with only 14 other Indian NGOs.

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