FAQs

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What is United Way?

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  • Accountable for short-term & long-term results
  • Seeks and addresses the root causes of key issues
  • Accountable for stewardship of resources, and
  • Accountable for short-term & long-term results

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What is the global legacy of United Way today?

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  • United Way has a 127 year history of improving lives
  • Volunteers and partners work in 41 countries
  • 1800 local United Way organisations worldwide
  • Raises $5.09 billion every year
  • $900 million is raised in countries other than the United States
  • Best practices are shared across the globe
  • Priorities are based on local requirements

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What sets United Way apart?

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  • Volunteers at the heart of the United Way Movement
  • Network is international but the decisions and actions are local
  • Dedicated to a collaborative long-term, systemic improvement
  • Achieve objectives through a process-driven approach
  • Transparency and accountability in all processes
  • Focus on capacity building of community partners
  • Well managed, cost effective, efficient and trustworthy

 

Support through Sport

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What is the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K event?

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The City of Joy, Kolkata, got its very first AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) accredited distance running event in December 2014 – Tata Steel Kolkata 25K (TSK25K). Title sponsored by Tata Steel and promoted by Procam International. TKS25K is India’s Premier 25K Run. The event is conducted under the aegis of West Bengal Amateur Athletic Association and supported by Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Kolkata Police. Having had a successful event with a good response in 2014 and 2015 , with December coming around again we are now geared up to repeat the same.

The event is not only a platform to test an individual’s athletic excellence but also a unique fund raising event for charity.

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How is this event connected with charity?

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It has assumed a stature of eminence, being one of the largest philanthropic sporting events in India. It provides a platform for many NGOs to raise considerable funds for charitable activities. Last year TSK 25K, had generated more than INR 95 lakh for participating NGOs. Charity forms an integral part of distance running – on one hand it provides an opportunity to individuals and companies to forge their CSR initiatives and create an enriching and socially productive channel. It also creates an opportunity for NGOs to access a large set of people and possible supporters at one. Many participants use the event as a reason to give back to their society and the underprivileged. The charity aspect is well regulated and hence serves as an assurance to prospective donors.

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What is the role of Official Charity Partner United Way of Kolkata?

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United Way Kolkata is the Charity Partner for TSK 25K and serves as a Philanthropy Exchange for various charities and non-profits. All donations pass through the Charity Partner and then to the respective NGOs bringing in accountability and transparency in the system.

 

Choosing your cause

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Which charities are eligible for fund-raising through this event?

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Only those charities registered with the official event Charity Partner are eligible for fund- raising through this event. United Way Kolkata conducts a preliminary scrutiny process and due diligence for registering the NGOs for TSK25K. The list of these charities is published on the United Way of Kolkata website.

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How do I choose a cause?

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United Way Kolkata (UWK) endeavours to partner with as many charities from diverse causes and bring them all under the umbrella of Marathon fundraising. Simply think about the cause that is closest to your heart, and select the specific charity working in that area, from the list provided on our website: We will keep updating this list as and when more NGOs register.

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In case the charity of my choice has not registered with you for the event, what do you suggest I do?

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You can always get in touch with the particular charity and get them registered with UWK. Please ask them to email / write to us expressing their interest in participating in the event. We request that the contact information be clear, updated and legible. We will then send them a registration form which they will need to fill and send back to us with all required documents.

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Can an NGO based outside Kolkata register for the event?

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Yes, NGOs based anywhere in India can register for the event. However NGO’s based outside the country and not possessing 80G registration are not eligible to register as we would be unable to issue 80G tax exemption receipts to donors on their behalf.

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What if I am not sure which charity to run for?

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UWK will aid you in the process of short-listing a set of charities that closely fit the criteria list you would require to provide. The charity that we will shortlist will be from among the ones that are registered for the event.

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Is there an email id where we can clarify our doubts?

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Yes. All queries can be mailed to info@unitedwaykolkata.org and they will be answered.

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Is there a minimum amount that a runner should raise for the NGO?

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There is no requirement on a runner about the amount s/he needs to raise. For all donations over Rs.100/- an 80G (50% tax exemption) receipt will be issued.

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Will the donors be getting receipts for all the donations?

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Yes. All donors will be given receipts for their donations of over Rs.100/-.

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Can the participant directly pay the collected funds to a charity of his/her choice?

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No. The participants have to route all funds collected towards charity through us as we are the official Charity partner for the event. We will be transferring the funds to the charity of the participant’s choice.

 

Modes of Collection

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What are the modes of collection I can use to raise funds?

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  • Online by creating your own Online Fundraising Page.
  • Offline through cheques. Every donor needs to make a cheque in favour of ‘Society For United Way of Kolkata

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Can I collect donations in cash?

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We will not accept cash donations. However, if a donor insists on giving cash, when turning in the amount to United Way Kolkata, we request you to issue a consolidated cheque favoring “Society for United Way of Kolkata” to us for the total cash collected.

 

Tax Deductions and Receipts

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What happens after I send in all my donations?

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The money is accounted for at United Way Kolkata and then disbursed to the charity of your choice.

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Do all the donations for the listed charities have to go through United Way Kolkata?

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Yes, donations that flow through United Way Kolkata will be acknowledged on the UWK website at the end of the event. Individual donors to your cause will also be able to get receipts and tax certificates for their contributions. This whole process will ensure transparency in accounting for your funds.

IMPORTANT:

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Why am I being charged, even when I run for a charity?

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Every event incurs a cost. There are actual expenses involved in organizing the charity component of the marathon, in putting together the various schemes that you are able to pick from, and in providing you the appropriate materials and support. The charges being levied are only to recover such costs.

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How soon after the event will all the information be collated and put up on United Way Kolkata’s website?

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United Way Kolkata closes all accounts before March 31st and all information will made available by then. A charity docket is also released and a copy made available for download on the website.

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When will United Way of Kolkata give the money to the charity?

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Disbursements for all donations raised from the TSK25 2016, will be given out in installments. We aim at completing all disbursements before 31st March 2017.

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Will all donors get tax exemptions?

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All Indian donors are eligible for tax exemption u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act, as long as you have provided all the relevant details. All contributions above Rs 100 are eligible for this.

 

FOR NGOS

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Why should we register with United Way Kolkata?

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United Way Kolkata is the official charity partner for the TSK 25K Marathon. All those who want to participate for fundraising in this event have to register with UWK. Registering with United Way Kolkata helps ensure transparency. Also, every donation received is accounted for and this is always appealing to the donors. NGOs can also spread awareness about their cause with the help of the official charity partner.

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How can an NGO participate in TSK25K for fund raising?

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In order to participate, NGOs need to fill up the NGO Registration which can be downloaded from thissite. Submit the filled form, attach the requisite documents and send to the UWK office along with the cheque of Rs.4000/- .

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How can we find donors?

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UWK puts up the list of NGOs who have registered with them on the website. Prospective donor companies as well as individuals use the list as a reference while looking for causes to support. Also, reach out to your friends, family and well wishers who know about your organisation and have seen the work it has done.

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The donor cheque should be in favour of which organization?

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The donor cheque for the NGOs should be in favour of ‘Society for United Way of Kolkata’.

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