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How to participate

Contributing human resources

Contributing knowledge and experience

Contributing material or equipment

Contributing financial resources

How to send your contribution?

Finding customers for Auroville products

Establishing contacts

 

Contributing for land acquisition:
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How can you participate in Auroville's development? 

There are many ways to contribute towards Auroville's development. Auroville needs more people, knowledge, expertise, financial resources, donations in kind, customers for its commercial units, and contacts with persons and organisations that can help.

 

Contributing human resources

Auroville welcomes new people who want to join the community. Newcomers are requested to pay for their stay during their first year, although exceptions can be made for those without financial means. You are always free to end your newcomer period whenever you want.

It is also possible to come to Auroville for a limited period as a trainee, researcher, teacher, etc. and experience Auroville life. In this case, agreements need to be worked out in advance with the persons involved in your specific area of interest.

If you want to know more about joining Auroville, please contact the Auroville International Centre in your country or

Auroville Entry Group
Media building, Town Hall
Auroville 605 101
India
E-mail:
entryservice@auroville.org.in


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Contributing knowledge and experience

Auroville needs access to more knowledge and expertise. You can assist by:

  • sending books, manuals, brochures, videos, etc.

  • sending someone who is knowledgeable about a field of activity or a technique that can be useful to Auroville;

  • arranging for an Aurovilian to participate in a conference, workshop, seminar etc. or to be trained in a particular field or technique outside Auroville;

  • choosing Auroville as the venue of a conference, seminar etc. when the topic would be of interest to Auroville.

If you are not in a position to provide financing for any of the above, there may be some funds available through Auroville. Please contact the beneficiary directly or the 

 

Auroville Project Coordination Group
Town Hall
Auroville 605 101
India

E-mail: pcg@auroville.org.in

 
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Contributing material or equipment

The scope of Auroville's work is wide and the requirements are enormous; therefore, donations in kind are very much appreciated. However:

  • check whether your gift is appropriate for sub-tropical conditions, and if it is really needed for our development;

  • if you can't contribute to the transportation costs, check with us first whether we can;

  • be aware that foreign gifts are normally liable to prohibitive import taxes. However, certain items such as books, some solar energy equipment, medical equipment, etc. are not taxable. In certain specific cases, it is possible to obtain import duty exemption.

If you consider making a donation in kind, please contact beforehand either the beneficiary directly or the 

Centre for Urban Research
Townhall,
Auroville 605110
India
E-mail: info@auroville.org.in

 
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Contributing financial resources

Financial contributions for Auroville's development are channeled through the Auroville Unity Fund from where donations are directed to the designated projects. It is therefore important that clear indication is given for which Auroville project or service the contribution is earmarked.

If you wish to receive an overview of pending project proposals, you may contact Auroville’s Project Coordination Group (PCG), specifying your field of interest. Project proposals can also be prepared to match specific requirements of a potential donor.

 
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How to send your contribution?

Please note: donations made directly to Auroville from abroad do not qualify for tax exemption in the home country. If you require a tax exemption you are advised to route your donation to Auroville via the Auroville International Centre (AVI) in your respective country.

Donations via Internet

Please access the Auroville Donation Gateway and follow the instructions given on the site. Donations made through this channel do not qualify for tax exemption and donors from abroad who require this are advised to route their donation to Auroville via the AVI centre in their country.
You can also send your donation online via credit card through AVI USA https://aviusa.org/donations , and through AVI UK www.aviuk.org/fundraising.htm Both these AVI Centres provide tax exemption.

Donations via mail from outside India

1. Send a cheque or a demand draft payable to Auroville Unity Fund, or directly to the Auroville unit that carries out the activity or project you wish to sponsor. For example: 'draft payable to Auroville Unity Fund, specified for Matrimandir'.

Postal address:
Auroville Unity Fund,         
Town Hall,
Auroville TN 605 101, India.
 

2. Direct transfer from any bank to:
Auroville Unity Fund
Account # 10237876508
State Bank of India – Auroville Township
Branch Code -
SBIN0003160
Swift Code - SBININBB474

3. Send a cheque or demand draft to the Auroville International Centre in your country. In that case, donations are to be made in the name of the respective AVI Centre. As tax exemptions vary from country to country, you are advised to inquire with them. In either case, please don't forget to mention the purpose of your donation in your cover letter.
 
Donations via mail from within India

Please note: donations for Matrimandir, Lands for Auroville Unified (LFAU), as well as for educational & scientific research projects are 50 % tax exempted under section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

1. Indian citizens and other tax assessees who require a tax exempt receipt under section 80G or section 35.1.ii or 35.1.iii are advised to make a donation by sending a cheque to Auroville’s Unity Fund, clearly earmarking the project of their choice and indicating that they wish to avail of the exemption:
Auroville Unity Fund,         
Town Hall,
Auroville TN 605 101, India.

2. You can also send a cheque or a demand draft directly to the Auroville unit, project or service that carries out the activity you wish to sponsor. For example: 'draft payable to Auroville Unity Fund, specified for Matrimandir.'

3. Or you can directly transfer your donation to the Auroville account at the State Bank of India:
Account: Auroville Unity Fund
Account # 10237876031
State Bank of India – Auroville Township
IFS Code – SBIN0003160

Please mention the purpose of your donation in your cover letter and specify whether you would like to receive a tax-exempt or normal receipt.

 
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Finding customers for Auroville products

Auroville's commercial units contribute significantly to the maintenance and development of the community. By helping them to sell their products, you are supporting Auroville. If you can help in this, please contact the Auroville Board of Commerce.

In case you need further information, contact donations@auroville.org.in  and we will help you further.


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Establishing contacts

You may know people, organisations or funding agencies that could contribute to Auroville's development. If so, please contact the Auroville International Centre in your country or the Auroville Project Coordination Group directly.

Thank you for having taken the time to look at this information. We very much appreciate your assistance in building Auroville.

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