Attend Capacity Building Workshop - Final workshop in a series of 5 to upgrade your NGO with GuideStar India Certification

Happy New Year!

More power to you in the new year to make a better world!

We thank you for your active participation in the overview and capacity building workshops held on 15th Dec ,18th Dec, 20th,Dec, 22nd Dec and 05th Jan, as part of GuideStar India’s certification programme.

This is our invite for the Part 5 workshop of 5 scheduled on 09th Jan, Tuesday at 3pm on zoom.

GuideStar India’s upgraded Certification is based on an assessment rubric covering 7 pillars or clusters with 500+ parameters that will give you an edge in India and globally.

The certification process comprises 5 Capacity Building workshops. What’s more…you apply for the Capacity Building + Certification programme and have the chance to qualify for the GuideStar India Platinum/ Gold/ Silver/ Bronze based on your assessment score! Every organisation has an equal chance to qualify for Platinum regardless of its size! The assessment parameters are divided into qualifiers and differentiators, and you need a minimum score in each pillar to qualify. There could be differentiators that you may learn about, but put into practice in the future. The applicability of parameters is based on the size of the organisation.

We covered the following 5 pillars in our previous workshops:
Situation Analysis
Theory of Change
Evidence of Impact using logic model
Intervention (Programme Management)
Infrastructure & Support (Operations, Finance and Compliance)

Following are the topics for the 9th Jan workshop:
Q & A to previous workshop

Governance and Oversight

  • Governance
  • Accountability

Learning & Reflections

  • Capabilities & Challenges

This will be a journey of learning and reflection with your internal teams, management and governing body members! 304 unique participants from 180 NGOs have attended the first 4 workshops in this series. 98% found the framework useful!

GuideStar India certified NGOs showed remarkable resilience during the pandemic. In the past 5 years, 88% of GuideStar Certified NGOs registered growth vis-à-vis only 57% on non-GuideStar India certified NGOs.

Here’s what some of the participants had to say after attending the last series of capacity building workshops:
“I think there is a solution to everything and I am now more confident that as an organisation we can work on preventive measures to avoid any risk that can happen to the organisation.”
Shannon Dona Massar, Faith Foundation

“Realistic examples and cases were eye opener and push us to look into our books of accounts appropriately”
Shwetha, DEHAT

“The possibility of communicating our work better to an external/general audience, Connecting with a community of NGOS”
Poonam Kathuria, Society for Women’s Action and Training Initiatives

Even if you have a currently valid GuideStar India certification seal or you have already started our new certification process, we recommend you to attend these workshops so that you are better equipped to take advantage of your certification.

Role of the Certification Champion (Contact person from your organisation):
Please note that you need to nominate one person from your organisation to attend all the workshops and champion this process internally and be responsible for completing the process with GuideStar India in a time-bound manner.

The champion will be awarded a certificate on successful completion of certification by the NGO.

We recommend that following people from your organisation should attend the workshop on 9th Jan, 2024.

  1. Chief Functionary
  2. One or more Governing Body members.
  3. Head of Finance and Compliance
  4. Contact Person from the organisation must attend

Register in advance for this meeting:

Time: 3:00 pm to 5:30pm
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About your Certification Status:
In the evolving landscape, we understand the significance of aligning certifications with the latest financial data. Most stakeholders, including founders and platforms (including social stock exchanges), increasingly seek certifications based on the latest financial year, 2022-23 in this case.

While your certification may be valid, we would like to highlight that it is best to keep it aligned based on the financial review for the period of 2022-23.

If you wish to apply for certification based on the review of financial year 2022-23, please fill the Expression of Interest Form (EIF) by clicking this link:

Please fill the feedback form for the overview workshop by clicking this link:

Link for Reading material:

The workshop ppt will be shared shortly with the organisations that have applied and is under the process for GuideStar India certification.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write to us at with a copy to

We look forward to this learning journey with you!

Best wishes
Lathika Rajan