Baal Dan Charities is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Baal Dan Charities are deductible under section 170 of the code. Baal Dan is classified as a public charity and qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the code.
Financial Stewardship Baal Dan is focused on efficiency and cultivating a close relationship with our grantees and project partners in India to ensure that funds are spent appropriately and in line with our Mission. Our fundraising is done mostly at small, local fundraising events where we try to get costs as low as possible and also online.
Low Administration Costs Since its formation in 2006, Baal Dan has operated with a virtual office, no paid full-time staff and numerous volunteers. We utilize independent contractors in the US and India from time to time and streamline all operations with a focus on keeping costs low. As a result, our administration costs have remained very low. From 2006-2011, Tanya Pinto has funded 100% of international air travel to India herself as she has maintained a full time job to subsidize the costs of the charity. From 2012 onward, travel costs that are pre-approved by the Board of Baal Dan are reimbursed to Tanya Pinto or any Baal Dan member traveling for business purposes. In 2012, after successfully proving herself and running Baal Dan while maintaining a full-time job, Tanya resigned from her advertising job to dedicate more time to building Baal Dan.
Operating Model Baal Dan has an exhaustive selection process in India, including multiple site visits and a review of financials and references. Baal Dan also requires substantial receipts and reporting from its projects. While over 100 projects have been personally audited in India in the last 5 years, only 10-15 projects received a Baal Dan grant. Reviews are also made annually in person through Baal Dan Board, Auditors and volunteers, and Baal Dan reserves the right to discontinue support of a project if standards are not met. Without a rigid model, Baal Dan is open to continual change and restructuring, and our Board is focused on addressing the needs at hand for the children we support and continually seeking better more efficient models to help children in India. With this flexibility we are able to stay nimble and focused on our core mission of helping children in need in the most efficient and effective ways possible.
Treasurer & Accounting Advisory Board Baal Dan is operated on a cash accounting basis on a calendar year.
Treasurer: Mandeep Ahluwalia, Manager, The Siegfried Group, LLP. (2012-Present)
Legal Advisory Board Baal Dan’s 501c3 filing in 2006 was handled by Haynes and Boone LLP. Legal Counsel of Record: John Holzgraefe, Hunton & Williams LLP.
Is corruption an issue? Corruption is especially common when dealing with countries that have extreme poverty. Baal Dan maintains exacting standards for the selection of our projects and the people we give grants to – all with the focus of getting aid as directly to the children as possible. By building strong and pure partnerships, Baal Dan seeks to avoid collaborations with disreputable organizations. Baal Dan also periodically conducts unannounced audits to confirm that all of our projects are reporting information correctly.
Audited Financials Please note: The State of Texas, where Baal Dan Charities is registered as a non profit organization, does not require third-party audited financials, particularly for organizations whose total annual contributions are less than $2 million per year. This is due to the exorbitant costs of an audit.
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