About Us
Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP) is a Mumbai-based support organisation that specialises in all the laws that regulate India's non-profit sector and in providing complete compliance solutions to organisations involved in philanthropic activity.

It was established in 1986 with a mandate to be a credible and comprehensive resource on charitable activity in India chiefly the many and complex legalities that govern such activity and advance the cause of philanthropy. CAP's founders were stalwarts of the time, Darius Forbes, Late H T Parekh, Late Russi Lala, and R R Chari among others.

CAP has recently evolved to offer complete legal and compliance advice and assistance in 8 core areas of their set-up and operations, enabling them to be compliant in every respect Legal, Finance, Board Governance, Human Resources, Strategy, Communication/Reporting, Fundraising & Volunteer Management. CAP also assists corporate foundations with their corporate foundation advisory and CSR related compliance.

While our decades of work and practical knowledge in this area gives CAP an unmatched ability to address all the concerns of those who seek our advice, we also have a team of experienced consultants a commitment to the social sector.

To build a legally-compliant, well-governed, empowered philanthropic sector in India.

To create an enabling environment for the growth and development of philanthropy within and for India, for both donor and recipient organisations through:


Tax laws in India are not complicated; it is people who make it complicated. If NGOs understand and comply with the law they need never fear the taxman. I am grateful for the wonderful decades I spent in CAP.
Late R R Chari
Commissioner of Income Tax,
Trust Circle
Founder Director, CAP

Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy