• Some Frequently Asked Questions About “Sproutsnews”

  • What is the “Sproutsnews”?


    The “Sproutsnews” website, is run by a group of independent journalists, having no leanings towards any political party or any industrial house. It is the website set with altogether different identity, amid advertiser-funded, corporate-controlled newspapers, websites and TV Channels. The website has been set up a seasoned journalist Unmesh Gujarathi alongwith............

  • What is its readership?

    It has a strong base of nearly 5 lakh readers per month. Right know “Sproutsnews” is being published in English and the plans are afoot to start it in several Indian languages including Hindi and Marathi. The “Sproutsnews” takes up the issues of public interest fearlessly with no holds barred.

  • What is its revenue model?

    The “Sproutsnews” is registered as a non-profit organisation and raises funds from readers’ contributions, grants from foundations and a little revenue from advertisements. The smaller sources of revenue include events and content syndication.

  • How does it keeps away from the influence of advertisers?

    Revenue via advertising is less than 30% per month. This makes it distinct from other publications, most of whom earn their revenue solely from advertisements. This gives the “Sproutsnews” a freedom to choose the advertisers and avoid the influence of advertisers on the content. Besides, a sizable income comes via programmatic ads on the website, mobile site and the Youtube channel. There is no direct interaction between “Sproutsnews” and advertisers.

  • How one can donate to “Sproutsnews”?

    Any one can donate to “Sproutsnews” by clicking on https://sproutsnews.com/support-our-journalism.
    One can make one-time, monthly, or annual contributions. The offline donations can also be sent via cheques, payable to “.......................................................................”
    to The Manager, Sproutsnews, Bhandup West, Mumbai-400078.

  • The mode of subscription

    The “Sproutsnews” relies on small sums of money from large numbers of people.
    It reaches out proactively to each and every user via a call or a meeting to see if they would be willing to support and donate Rs 200 and more depending on their capacity. The donations up to even Rs one lakh are expected. A steady flow of donations every month can ensure fixed monthly source of income. Needless to say that such contribution becomes extremely helpful in running the news publication.

  • How does a recurring support plan help?

    News gathering and publishing is a human-intensive exercise. Any report published requires nearly 4-5 individuals to work on it actively. We are required to create a stable source of income to keep “Sproutsnews” not only running but make it agile and vibrant. A continued support by our readers is the best way to achieve this.

  • Will a small donation help the “Sproutsnews”?

    By all means. Every small bit counts. When you commit to support us with Rs 200 and more every month, you will make our democracy stronger. This will give us confidence to continue doing our work.

  • Why is this regarded as a donation/contribution and not a subscription where one can get something in return for the amount contributed?

    The contributors will get earth-shaking news, spicy news and entertainment news, a plenty for their small contributions. We would have given something in kind in return in exchange for support. But the income tax rules prevent us from doing so. If anything is offered in exchange, then the amount collected would be considered as commercial revenue and not a donation. Since “Sproutsnews” is a non-profit organisation, its commercial income should not exceed 20% of its total income.

  • What are some of the big donations that “Sproutsnews” has received?

    As of now “Sproutsnews” has been collecting small donations from individual readers and supporters. In the coming months we want to be a news organisation, supported completely by its readers and viewers.

  • Why the donors should be only Indian citizen?

    Only Indian citizens and Indian entities can make donations to a media non-profit outfit like “Sproutsnews”. If you are a non-resident Indian (NRI), you can make a donation, in any currency. But Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) may not.

  • What information the “Sproutsnews” will require from the contributor/donor?

    The “Sproutsnews” will retain donor’s e-mail ID and mobile number to ensure that payment confirmation or failure is recorded and intimated. The tax laws also mandate that the donee gathers identifiable information, such as name, email ID, phone number and address of all donors/ contributors to extend tax benefits. Other information such as PAN card details for amounts above Rs 4999 will be retained as per current tax laws.

  • Do I have to share PAN details for donations?

    The PAN card details for contributions above Rs 4999 will be collected.

  • Will the information about donors be safe?

    Yes. The “Sproutsnews” does not pass on the information about the donors to anyone, other than the payments service providers. We also promise not to sell or trade the donors’ information in any form. The data collected during the process is stored with the best data security protocols in the industry.

  • Are contributions tax free?

    Yes, contributions made to the “Sproutsnews” are exempted from tax under 80G of the Income Tax Act. The contributor should ensure that correct email ID is furnished, to receive tax exemption certificate.

  • In the case of recurring and one time donations how and when the 80G receipt will be given?

    The 80G receipts are mailed to the donors within a couple of months for high value donors and on demand for those donating amounts below Rs 5000 (yearly aggregate). The donors can write to ............................................................requesting for the 80G certificate. We will be adding a form for the same on the Support Page very soon.

  • How long a recurring contribution will remain active?

    All recurring contributions will remain active until cancelled.

  • How one can cancel his/her recurring contribution?

    One can cancel recurring contribution on: https://sproutnews.com/subscription-management/lookup

  • Will the cash donations be accepted?

    Small cash donations against a receipt can be made in person, only if the donor provides his/her PAN details, address and phone number.

  • Whether the donations in kind are accepted?

    Yes, if individuals wish to support the “Sproutsnews”, they can: Purchase equipments for our teams, they can volunteer with their time and help us in design and technology to create new products, share our stories and spread the word during donation campaigns, volunteer during events held in their cities and volunteer to do research, depending upon editorial requirements.

  • Contact us:

    For donation related queries and concerns you can write to support@sproutsnews.com. For matters regarding content published on the “Sproutsnews”, you can write to our Public Editor at news@sproutsnews.com

    Unmesh Gujarathi
    Editor in Chief