My name is Uma and I am writing on behalf of an educational NGO based in Chennai. We have been operational since 2007 and we are providing Montessori education to the under priviledged children by adopting the local balwadis.
As we are looking to expand, we are looking for external resources for funding and the first question which comes up is the registration certificate. The trustees of this organization executed the trust deed on non-judicial stamp paper and we do have the copy of the trust deed. We are also registered under the section 12AA of income Tax and getting 80G exemption as well since 2008.
Now we applied for the FCRA application and the lawyer is saying that the trust is not registered and asking for the registration certificate.
1. Is execution of the trust deed on stamp paper not considered as registration ?
2. What is the registration certificate ? how do I find this ?
3. If we need to do the registration, will our history of the work be considered for evaluation ?
4. Is there a way to find out whether our trust is registered ? if so, where ?
Can somebody provide a clarification on this ?