The Banyan

location: ChennaiTamil Nadu

Donation Option Amount INR Actions
Support people with homelessness and mental illness - Single donation
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
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The Banyan believes in the rights of the completely marginalised sections of society – to live and to be
The Banyan started in 1993 with dreams, hopes, very little money and a handful of people who believed in the cause. Today, their vision has come true with the support of many benefactors and dedicated volunteers.
Dr. K.V. Kishore Kumar is a psychiatrist by training and has worked at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) for over thirty years. He has joined The Banyan and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) as Director in July 2013. He has extensive experience in community psychiatry, as well as in mental health research, training and policy formulation. Amongst other Government assignments, he has worked as a consultant for the WHO in Somalia and India.
Full time staff :191
Part time staff:7
Contract staff :27
Volunteers: 150
Total Receipts for 2016-2017 is INR 98437643
Total Payments for 2016-2017 is INR 107877853
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
Weekly clinics are offered in seven locations, and monthly camps are conducted at another three locations. : 1231
Our community based mental health services cover six urban wards and two rural blocks with a combined population of nearly 4.5 lakhs : 1118
293 womes taken treatment in this project: 293
The home becomes a shared space of comfort with mutual affection and responsibilities. : 163
80% of persons have been reintegrated with their families and communities: 221
The cottages merge seamlessly on the other side with classrooms and facilities of the diverse MA courses offered by our sister organization The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM). : 66
Rewards & Recognition
In 2013, The Banyan was awarded the WHO – Swiss Foundation on Health award by the WHO – Swiss Foundation Outstanding achievement in the field of mental health care
In 2016, The Banyan was awarded the Justice J S Verma Award for Women's Empowerment by the Coco Cola Foundation For Women's Empowerment
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)9,354,4227,759,6381,828,707
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia902,5911,111,5161,507,015
Other donations from Indian individuals24,857,02214,112,56820,268,867
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia84,09961,41641,762
Other donations from foreign individuals896,489971,942574,350
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)21,583,23962,543,83287,842,767
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)40,277,82524,856,92527,897,166
Sale of assets00520,164
Total Receipts98,437,643111,819,973140,730,257
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)5,433,1812,310,376121,499,954
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries000
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2016-20172015-20162014-2015
Salaries and benefits32,915,16428,406,07020,837,737
Staff training448,7498,902126,916
Staff travel3,769,876684,9981,095,360
Consultant's fees2,530,7053,481,8933,327,175
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)7,724,0753,762,0852,148,388
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)30,880,13518,167,50112,159,278
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme2,826,1191,285,2810
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)3,431,0404,780,4725,580,043
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Non-programme related2016-20172015-20162014-2015
Salaries and benefits5,255,1963,076,4152,698,939
Staff training1,277,27419,1000
Staff travel580,368256,317111,616
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)2,611,12901,170
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)906,449319,277678,248
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )503,72980,5811,053,352
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)1,975,940954,403545,035
Other non-programme expenses134,667436,0783,231,185
Total Payments107,877,85384,858,089182,866,788
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 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Trust [No.1589/4]
2 PAN Number:AAATT0468K
3 12-A [No.DIT (E) /2(261)/93-94]
4 80G [No.DIT (E) /2(261)/93-94]
5 FCRA [No.75900624]
6 35AC [No.]
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 G. Joseph & Co
 G-4, Parkland Apartments 8, Nathan St, Chetpet
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 Staff Remuneration (INR)
Gross salary plus benefits paid to staff (in INR) p.m. Male Female Total
 less than 5,000000
 5,000 – 10,00098190
 10,000 – 25,000196079
 25,000 – 50,00051419
 50,000 – 1,00,000112
 Greater than 1,00,000101
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,0000
 5,000 – 10,0001
 10,000 – 25,0003
 25,000 – 50,0004
 50,000 – 1,00,0002
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 150000
2 Lowest Paid: INR 5250
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 150000
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel0
2 Domestic travel0
3 Local conveyance0
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other0
  Total 0
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Annual Report & Audited Financials
1Annual report not available.
2Audited Financial Report not available.
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Board Members
SI.Name (Age)Gender, Position, Gross Remuneration, Relation to other members
1 Balraj Vasudevan
 Male, Treasurer , INR 0.00,
2 P.S. Raman
 Male, Trustee , INR 0.00,
3 N.K. Ranganath
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
4 V S Pradeep
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
5 Arati Krishna
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
6 Vaishnavi Jayakumar
 Female, Founder Trustee, INR 0.00,
7 Vandana Gopikumar
 Female, Founder Trustee, INR 0.00,
8 Sankara Narayanan
 Male, Chairman, INR 0.00,
9 Sujatha Paulose
 Female, Trustee , INR 0.00,
10 Amaranth Reddy
 Male, Trustee , INR 0.00,
11 K. C. Mohan
 Male, Trustee , INR 0.00,
12 T. K. Gowrishankar
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
13 Senthil Kumar
 Male, Trustee , INR 0.00,
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Board Members Background
1 Balraj Vasudevan Mr Balraj Vasudevan is proprietor of Automotive & Industrial Seals Pvt. Ltd. He hails from Ottapalam, Palakkad. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in Business Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.
2 P.S. Raman Pattabhi Sundar Raman is an Indian Senior Advocate and former Advocate-General of Tamil Nadu. He is the younger son of former Advocate-General V. P. Raman
3 N.K. Ranganath A Mechanical Engineer, from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai with Management from XLRI Jamshedpur, I have been working for 34 years in Marketing, Sales, Design, Project Management, Finance, HR, Business strategy and General Management.
4 V S Pradeep Pradeep Cholayil graduated in Commerce and has completed the Owner President Program from Harvard Business School. He is the Managing director of Cholayil Pvt Ltd, manufacturers of world-class personal care products under the successful international brands named Medimix and Cuticura. He is a Rotarian and is also an active member of Young Presidents Organisation (YPO).
5 Arati Krishna Ms. Arathi Krishna has been a Joint Managing Director at Sundram Fasteners Limited since June 2010. Ms. Krishna served as the Managing Director of Sundram Fasteners Ltd., since May 3, 2006. She has been an Executive Director of Sundram Fasteners since May 3, 2006. Ms. Krishna is a Gold Medallist in Economics from Madras University and holds an MBA from Michigan University.
6 Vaishnavi Jayakumar Vaishnavi Jayakumar was doing her MBA course when she decided to join her close friend Vandana Gopikumar in starting The Banyan in 1993. In their early twenties' at the time, the pair was propelled into action when they saw a half-naked mentally ill woman trying to cross the street outside their alma mater, Women’s' Christian College
7 Vandana Gopikumar 19 years of work in the social sector in identifying an invisible issue, a growing need, glaring gaps and pursuing things doggedly through The Banyan gave me the experience in a few key areas that could be of value to the social sector. Sharing this experience excites me now, as I have moved from a daily operations role to an advocacy and mentoring role at The Banyan and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental health.
8 Sankara Narayanan Mr. A. Sankaranarayanan served as a Director of Marketing at Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. Mr. Sankaranarayanan is an Engineer of high calibre and has expertise in developing and introducing new products, updating existing product range and mix in achieving import substitutions and strengthening the in-house R&D activities. He serves an Non Independent Non-Executive Director of Hindustan Motors Ltd. and served its Independent Director since May 24, 2007.
9 Sujatha Paulose Sujata Paulose is Director (Finance) and Co-Promoter of the company. An accounting professional in charge of the company's financial, administration and banking functions.
10 Amaranth Reddy With clientele ranging from Acropolis, an IT Park, Chennai, Tek Tower to Thomson Reuters, and RR Donnelley, AR Foundation, over the years, has established itself as one of the leading builders in Chennai. Now coming up with their villa projects, Amarnath Reddy, MD, AR Foundation promises to give the elite members of the society a range of high-end villas.
11 K. C. Mohan Mr. K. C. Mohan is a Member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. He is the Former Chairman & Managing Director of MECON
12 T. K. Gowrishankar  Mr. T. K. Gowrishankar served as Corporate Vice President of Finance at Wipro Limited. Mr. Gowrishankar served as a Consultant of M/S A.F. Ferguson & Company, Chartered Accountants, and had served with Sandwick Asia Limited as Management Accountant
13 Senthil Kumar Senthil Kumar, the co-founder of Real Image Media Technologies, is a pioneer in bringing the latest audio and video technology to India. He became an entrepreneur when he was still an engineering student. He spotted the technologies of the future before most other people did. He designed his own programmes, used technology that India had not seen till then, and made a sort of technology revolution in the field of audio and video.
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Board Resolution
SubjectsBoard Meeting/Annual General Body Meeting DateNo. of members presentStrength of the board at the time of this meeting
Budget for the year 2016-201718/03/2017713
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201717/12/20161013
Annual Report for the year 2015-201616/09/2017913
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201616/09/2017913
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External Reviews
1Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
2Great Canada Challenges
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Mrinalini Ravi & Preetha Krishnadoss Chicago
GCC Meeting
 INR 152618.00 0 100% Great Canada Challenge, Canada
2 Lakshmi Narasimhan London
GCC Meeting
 INR 16867.00 0 100% Great Canada Challenge, Canada
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 Meals on Time Initiative
Having lived in the streets, Mary Shanthini had suffered extreme deprivation and was in a poor physical condition when brought to The Banyan. She was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis and was also losing weight. A balanced diet high in nutrition is essential in combatting weight problems.Mary Shanthini has been given a high protein non-veg diet consisting of soups, fries, soya beans, and egg on a daily basis. We have also started giving treatment for tuberculosis. Thanks to a balanced diet and nutritional supplements, she has gradually started feeling better and is gaining weight. She has gained weight and is visibly looking better. She is also on her way to recovery from mental illness and will hopefully soon be able to lead a satisfying life as a productive member of the society.

You can communicate with The Banyan at
Ashok Kumar
6th Main Road, Mogapair Eri Scheme,Mogapair West-
Chennai - 600037,India

Or you can reach The Banyan here
Phone : 91 44 4223 3666
Fax : 91 44 42233600
E-mail :


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