Last updated: 25 May, 2022

Donating to Auroville projects, online or offline

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.
Despite the huge progress that Auroville has made, however, there are certain critical areas where help is needed urgently. Land for Auroville needs to be bought to consolidate the City and the Greenbelt. There are significant areas of Auroville-intended land that are still missing - including almost 50% of the Greenbelt - owned by private parties who have little understanding of the ideals that Auroville stands for. Please contact Lands for Auroville Unified if you wish to donate to this important on-going project.  

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 specific requirements of a potential donor.


Five steps for making donations

  1. Choose the project you want to support
  2. Decide your method of donation - online / offline / India / abroad
  3. Specify the project while making donation
  4. Specify whether you need a tax exemption receipt
  5. Inform the project holder or Unity Fund about your donation

Tax exemption

Donations for Matrimandir, Lands for Auroville Unified (LFAU), as well as for educational & scientific research projects are 100 % tax exempted for Indian citizens under section 35.1.ii or 35.1.iii of the Indian Income Tax Act. 

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.

Please note: If you intend to transfer your donation via the Auroville Internet Donation Gateway and wish to receive tax exemption for the same, kindly obtain prior information from our support team reachable at donations@auroville.org.in

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.


For donations from abroad, please check the page  https://auroville.org/contents/5212


Online credit card payment gateways

https://donations.auroville.com/- Indian gateway. Donations made through this channel and which require a tax-exempt receipt need to contact donations@auroville.org.in for information on how to comply with applicable regulations before placing the donation. Donors from abroad who require a tax-exempt receipt are advised to route their donation to Auroville via the AVI centre in their country.

 https://aviusa.org/donations - Auroville International U.S.A gateway, provides tax exemption.

www.aviuk.org/fundraising.htm - Auroville International U.K gateway, provides tax exemption.

Bank transfer - from inside India

Account: Auroville Unity Fund
Account # 10237876031
State Bank of India – Auroville Township 
IFS Code – SBIN0003160  

Bank transfer - from outside India

For donations from abroad, please check the page https://auroville.org/contents/5212


For cheques or demand drafts 

From 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'.

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

From outside India

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.

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


The Auroville Foundation has been authorised to issue tax exemption receipts to Indian tax payers 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.

Donations for all other projects in Auroville, such as Housing, Farms, Forest, etc. are 50% tax exempted for Indian tax payers under section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act. For further details, refer to www.auroville.org/contents/2835

Indian donors wishing to obtain a tax exempt receipt, need first to contact donations@auroville.org.in 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 receipt, the following details are mandatory:

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • PAN: