Donate From India
Financial contributions from India 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 a clear indication is given for which Auroville project or service the contribution is earmarked.
For international donations click here.
Five steps for making donations
- Choose the project you want to support
- Decide your method of donation - online/offline
- Specify the project while making a donation
- Specify whether you need a tax exemption receipt or a normal one
- Inform the project holder or Unity Fund about your donation
If you would like to receive an overview of pending project proposals (in the field of education, village action, farming, etc), you may contact Auroville’s Project Coordination Group (PCG), specifying your field of interest. Project proposals can also be prepared to match the specific requirements of a potential donor.
The Auroville Foundation has been authorised to issue tax-exemption receipts to Indian taxpayers for donations favouring Matrimandir, Lands for Auroville Unified (LFAU), as well as for educational & scientific research projects. Such donations are 100% tax exempted under section35.1.ii or 35.1.iii of the Indian Income Tax Act.
50% for projects
Donations for all other projects in Auroville, such as Housing, Farms, Forest, etc. are 50% tax exempted for Indian citizens under section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act. Clearly earmark the project of your choice and indicate your wish to avail of the exemption.
Tax exemption eligibility
Indian donors wishing to obtain a tax-exempt receipt, need first to contact firstname.lastname@example.org in order to determine if the donation proposed is eligible for a tax exemption receipt.
If the donation warrants an 80G or 35.1.ii or 35.1.iii receipts, the following details are mandatory:
Bank transfer - inside India
Account: Auroville Unity Fund
Account # 10237876031
State Bank of India – Auroville Township
IFS Code – SBIN0003160
Cheques or demand drafts - inside India
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'.
Auroville Unity Fund,
Auroville TN 605 101, India.
Support Auroville Land PurchaseSupport Auroville Land PurchaseLands For Auroville Unified (LFAU)One of the major challenges Auroville is facing today is to secure the integrity of her material foundation. The rapid and often unregulated development of nearby areas and the expansion of Pondicherry city endangers the harmonious development of Auroville.The planned township consists of two major areas:The City Area (the four zones of the urban hub surrounding the Matrimandir and its gardens consisting of the Residential, Cultural, Industrial and International zones as defined by The Mother)The Greenbelt (Auroville’s natural resource base, a green buffer surrounding the urban hub, and a showcase and training centre for sustainable practices for the bio-region and local green partnerships).
Donate from AbroadDirect or Through Auroville International CentresDonations made directly to Auroville from abroad do not qualify for tax exemption in the home country. For foreign donors, many countries have an Auroville International (AVI) organization that can take your donation, issue a tax receipt, and channel the funds to Auroville. You can find a list of AVI Centers here.