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The Tata Trusts


Trusts created by the Tata Group have provided valuable service to society ghrough the funding of educational and healthcare institutions and scientific and artistic teaching and practice, besides aiding community welfare activities.


Sir Dorabji Tata Trust

This multipurpose trust was established in 1932 when Sir Dorabji Tata committed all his wealth to it. The trust is best known for promoting six pioneering institutions of national importance. Four of these were established

in Mumbai : the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (in 1936) ; the Tata Memorial Centre for Cancer Research and Treatment (1941); the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (1945) ; and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (1966). The National Institute of Advanced Studies (1988) and the Sir Dorabji Tata Centre for Research in Tropical Diseases (1999) are in Banglore.


Jamsetji Tata Trust

Set up in 1974, this trust is named after the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata. Established to mark the centenary year of the first Tata enterprise, it bestows grants in areas where innovative efforts are being made.


J.N. Tata Endowment

Established in 1892, the trust funds higher education for deserving Indian scholars. The trust has supported 3,500 scholars and awarded more then Rs 68 million to promising students from various strata of society.


J.R.D. and Thelma J. Tata Trust

Set up in 1991 by J.R.D. Tata with his and his wife’s personal wealth, the trust works to uplift women and children.


J.R.D. Tata Trust

Established in 1944, this trust supports, by way of institutional donations, the advancement of learning. It also gives research grants and scholarships, provides relief in the wake of natural calamities, and backs social-welfare projects and philanthropic activities.


Lady Meherbai D. Tata Education Trust

This trust was set up in 1932 by Sir Dorabji Tata in memory of his wife. Lady Meherbai Tata. It helps women graduates go abroad to study social work, and has thus far supported 228 women graduates (with total disbursements of Rs 30,70,000).


Lady Tata Memorial Trust

Established in 1932 by Sir Dorabji Tata in memory of his wife Lady Meherbai Tata, this trust promotes research in diseases of the blood. It disburses funds mainly by way of  international awards, which are decided by a scientific advisory committee in London. A fifth of the trusts income is expended on Indian awards for research on the alleviation of human suffering.


M.K.Tata Trust

This trust was set up in 1958 by Minocher K. Tata his personal resources. The objectives of the trust are the advancement of learning in all fields by way of research grants and scholarships; and providing medical and other relief in the aftermath of natural calamities.


Sir Ratan Tata Trust

The trust was established in 1918 in accordance with directives in Sir Ratan Tata’s will. It utilises its funds in five areas : basic and advanced (postgraduate) education; primary and preventive health; rural livelihoods and communities; arts and culture; and public initiatives. Preference is given to projects based in rural India, and those that involve the advancement of women and children.


R.D. Tata Trust

Set up in 1990, the promoted the advancement of learning by way of institutional grants. It also backs social-welfare projects and philanthropic activities. Tata Social Welfare Trust and Tata Education Trust Established in 1990, the trust encourages the advancement of learning in all fields by way of research grants and scholarships. It also provides medical and other relief to people who have suffered in natural calamities.



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NGO – Trust or Society

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) or Non Profit Organisation (NPO) can be registered by many registration processes in India like Society, Company, Trust or any valid formation but status of the registered organisation is equal and equally recognised as NGO (Non Governmental Organisation /Non-Profit Organisation).

Registration process of NGO under Indian Trust Act, Society Registration Act, Company Registration Act or any other act/ law are different but the status of the registered organisation is equal as NGO. There is no difference in the status of NGO to get funding from Central/State Government Departments/ Ministries, Foreign funding agencies, Indian funding agencies, companies for Corporate social responsibility, individuals or any support agencies.
NGO registered through any process/ act can get registered under Income Tax Act, Foreign Currency Regulation Act (FCRA) or any kind of registration with any Government requirement. Every registered NGO are not eligible for the registration under various departments’ registration. The NGO must fulfill the registration process and parameters as required by the concerned department or authority. But the basic registration parameters do not matter that by which act the Voluntary Organisation is registered as NGO.

Just check here the comparison, difference and similarity between Trust, Society and Non Profit Company: Trust, Society and Company.
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