Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled
Comprehensive - Multiple
Estd: 1997
Used for Beneficiaries: 92%
Address : No. 11, Villa Suchitha, Ist Cross, 17th A Main, JP Nagar II Phase, Bengaluru 560078. Karnataka
Email :
Web-site :
Telephone : +91 80 26582570
Donor Contact : Mr. Kumaraswamy R. / +91 9449864775 /
Financial Score
Rs, Y/E March 31
Income & Expenditure Statement201320142015
Income From
Government Sources32,032,6969,533,34219,014,615
Institutional Sources9,464,2476,835,94722,464,760
Foreign Sources6,887,7338,780,12816,852,914
Other Income4,925161,650150,297
Total Income (A)105,104,21076,399,015122,269,985
Expenses For
Direct Programme Activities47,712,78229,683,86842,976,177
Programme Staff Cost26,418,32935,652,90054,077,774
Travel Expenses3,973,7952,426,9462,746,503
Direct Programme Expenses78,104,90667,763,71499,800,454
Fund Raising Expenses880,684133,054119,009
General Staff Cost3,332,8171,310,8721,002,094
Overhead Expenses5,040,1533,953,8193,798,416
Other Expenses/Transfer000
Total Expenditure (B)90,692,71976,125,855108,671,366
Surplus / (Deficit) (A-B)14,411,490273,16013,598,619
Balance Sheet201320142015
Fixed Assets79,413,67982,604,19085,016,268
Current Assets (excl. Cash)10,762,3437,821,1547,911,969
Cash/Bank 3,990,0719,539,90917,751,787
Accumulated Deficits000
Total Assets95,451,093101,375,253122,840,024
Corpus / Share Capital450,000575,000760,000
General Funds42,566,09542,839,25556,437,874
Earmarked Funds26,829,44833,841,44843,472,448
Current Liabilities160,6442,269,4553,732,000
Total Liabilities95,451,093101,375,253122,840,024
Other Details201320142015
Direct Beneficiaries (Nos)9,000N.A.N.A.
Indirect Beneficiaries (Nos)N.A.N.A.N.A.
Cost Per Direct Beneficiary (Rs) - Avg. 9,707N.A.N.A.
Number of Staff166181248
Highest Salary (Rs p.a.)444,000710,640N.A.
Lowest Salary (Rs p.a.)21,48027,000N.A.
Regd. under : The Indian Trust Act, 1882
Auditor : Radhakrishna Upadhya & Co.
Bankers : ING Vysya Bank

Donor tax benefits : 80G 50%
Eligible for foreign donations : Yes

Trustees/Directors/Managing Committee:
Mr. Mahantesh, Founder & Mng. Trustee
Ms. Vasanti Savanur, Trustee
Mr. S. P. Nagesh, Trustee

Source : Audit Report 2015

Financial Note : 1) Government Sources was higher in FY13 due to grants received for the T20 World Cup for the Blind organised by Samarthanam. 2) Significant increase in the same in FY15 is due to grants from the Tata Trust (Rs71 lakhs) and ANZ Group (Rs25 lakhs). 3) Increase in Foreign Sources in FY15 is mainly due to grants from CISCO Systems (Rs30 lakhs), PACS (Rs29 lakhs) and Wadhwani Foundation (Rs18 lakhs). 4) Direct Programme Activities include overheads like electricity, repairs and rent pertaining to programs. 5) Consultancy service charges included under Programme Staff Cost. 6) General Staff costs are high in FY13 on account of the T20 World Cup for the Blind.

NGO Profile :
Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled (Samarthanam Trust) works for underprivileged sections of society, particularly the visually impaired. It runs integrated primary and secondary schools and supports visually impaired students pursuing higher education. The Trust's motto is to use technology to nullify disability. Educate, Enable and Empower are the watch words of the Trust. It also promotes sports activities for the visually impaired, such as cricket and chess.

Main activities of the trust are:

  • Livelihood Resource Centre:  The program addresses livelihood needs of persons with disabilities by providing training in areas of IT/BPO, retail, hospitality, garments etc. based on their areas of interest.  A total of 900 candidates across six centres in Karnataka and one in Bokaro were trained and 80% of them got placements. The trust works closely with many government bodies and institutions such as SIDBI, CISCO, Tata Trust, Engineers India Limited etc.
  • Education and hostel facilities:  In FY15, 150 students were enrolled in the Primary School, including 19 children with disabilities. Alongside academics, students are also trained in spoken English and communication skills. Besides getting good quality education, nutritious meals and residential facilities too are provided. Samarthanam’s High School is equipped to educate and provide secure, hygienic and accessible infrastructure with an excellent learning atmosphere to 150 students. The class X students achieved 100% results in FY15. The trust also runs hostel facilities for men and women.
  • Vocational Training and Rehabilitation programs: Samarthanam runs many rehabilitation programs for men and women and provides them vocational training. Till date 3,600 persons with disabilities have been reached out to. Vocational training is given in computers, soft skills, BPO/Call centre training, English speaking course, personality development classes, and training for Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY). Swadhara, a home for distressed and disabled provides shelter, food, vocational training, and counselling and suitable placement options.

Samarthanam Trust is the recipient of numerous accolades including the Karnataka Governor's Award for Excellence. The cricket team has been winner of two T-20 World Cups for the Blind.

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