Mission: Baal Dan Charities was formed to support the basic needs and social welfare of impoverished children (mostly orphans and street children) in Asia, Africa, North America and South America, and to promote their welfare. Given the vast number of impoverished children in these regions, Baal Dan’s initial work and presence was focused on India from 2006 to 2012. Baal Dan expanded to many more developing countries in 2013. Since then, the charity has maintained its commitment to providing aid for grassroots organizations that need support and through providing education as a means to break the cycle of poverty.
History: Since 2006, Baal Dan has provided aid to over 4,000 children through grants made to a coalition of grassroots partners such as orphanages and NGO’s that are focused on orphans, street children and impoverished children (including refugees).
Model: Baal Dan’s model includes research and vetting of potential grassroots partners through a thorough selection process. Then, on an annual basis Baal Dan works closely with the grassroots partner on identifying and resolving their most critical needs through the development of annual project goals. Baal Dan manages all aspects of the grantee identification, goals, grant monies distribution and accounting, while offering donors transparent reporting, low overhead and clear communications on the outcome and impact of their charitable gift.
Core Strengths: Baal Dan’s high degree of vetting, transparency and direct relationship with the ultimate beneficiaries – the children – is what makes this charity truly unique, trustworthy and efficient. Baal Dan provides a strategic view to donors and grassroots partners of how best to address and break the cycle of poverty for children in the developing world. Grants focus on education, malnutrition, supplies and toilets, sanitation and hygiene. Baal Dan has also provided grants to build a school, library and orphanages. Baal Dan has a unique fundraising model, relying almost entirely on word of mouth, social media and small events to raise funds and awareness of the charity. While the donor database is small, the charity has cultivated a grassroots appeal for donors who want an authentic and transparent approach to giving. The founder of Baal Dan, Tanya Pinto has filmed and produced over 50 videos of the grants Baal Dan has made to report back to donors on the impact of their gift. This direct approach with minimal costs and overhead is appealing to a constituent of young donors who want to see first hand accounts of how their donation has made an impact.
Administrative Costs: Baal Dan maintains a consistently low ratio of administrative costs due in part to the low operational overhead the charity maintains. The charity utilizes volunteers in a network of Chapters all over the world to minimize costs. The charity utilizes web-based tools to reduce printing, postage and other common administrative costs. The charity has never had any salaried staff since its formation in 2006 and has been heavily subsidized by the time and efforts of the Founder, Tanya Pinto.Baal Dan has audited over a hundred NGO’s, charities, and grassroots projects all over India. Our extensive searches, rigorous selection criteria and ongoing due diligence had led us to fund a selection of outstanding and diverse grantees who work tirelessly to improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest children. Each year, we select grantees using a number of criteria and each year we decide as a team and in collaboration with our Grantee partner how best to maximize the funds that we give.
*Baal Dan broadly funds one-time or longer-term projects as follows:
Shelter: Building schools, orphanages or transitional homes.
Water Supply, Sanitation & Hygiene: Building toilets, sanitation systems and water purification filters (not water wells). Providing basic clothing (underwear, nappies), immunizations and medical aid (on a limited basis).
Education and Life Skills: Sponsorship of school fees, educational materials (books, learning aids) and “Baal Dan Kids Days”/volunteer programs.
Food Security and Food Assistance: Assistance with feeding programs, food supply and nutrient rich food for malnourished children.
Disabilities: Sponsorship of food, assistance, wheelchairs and learning aids for impoverished children with special needs
*Some exceptions do apply, however Board approval is required in all cases.