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KISS awarded Platinum Star for NGO transparency

Bhubaneswar, Sep 28: The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) was awarded the Guide Star India Champion Level-Platinum Certification by the GuideStar India for NGO Transparency (Financial Transparency) at a special programme in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Over 51,400 NGOs had applied through mail and workshop for the GuideStar India Transparency Awards 2016. Only 307 organisations emerged winners at various levels. The KISS is one of the 14 Platinum winners. Earlier, the KISS had also won the Gold-Star award for its financial transparency.

This recognition follows the KISS’ inclusion recently in the Top 500 NGOs in the world, widely regarded as the ‘nonprofit Ivy League’, and top 10 NGOs in India by the Geneva-based NGO Advisor.

As part of its commitment to maintain the highest level of transparency, the KISS always publishes its accounts details, annual report and all other relevant information on its website besides filing these documents regularly with authorities concerned. The KISS has achieved Platinum certification despite being an NGO of only 20 years.

The award acquires added relevance as recently the Supreme Court had noted that only 8% to 10%, about 31 lakh NGOs, in India filed their accounts with the Registrar of Societies detailing their receipt and expenditure. The KISS got the Platinum award along with only 14 other Indian NGOs.

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