Newsletter December 2008 | Giveindia

GiveIndia Newsletter, December 2008

In this issue:
Donor speak
Causes You Care About
Payroll Giving updates
New Partnerships
Donor Hall of Fame
NGO Listing Renewal

Make a donation:
For Rs. 2,500, Help an abandoned infant/child like Baby Tanushree to survive by sponsoring care for a month»

For Rs. 1,600, Sponsor the living expenses of one differently abled child like Santosh in our hostel»

For Rs. 1,050, Support a neglected elderly person like Narendra Mukhi with clothes, a blanket & Mosquito net»

Donor speak
Arthi Srinivasan who lives in Dubai wrote:

“I made a donation through GiveIndia because I am aware of how difficult it is for those below the poverty line in India and the numbers are significant compared to the more affluent in our country. Education in my opinion can do wonders to an individual irrespective of what their caste, language, creed or race is. And it is with this motivation in mind that I decided to encourage the cause of education of a girl child and GiveIndia provided the opportunity for me to realise my objective.

The feedback I received from GiveIndia was extremely useful in letting me know of my donation was utilised and who the beneficiary was. It was heart warming to see the picture of the child that is benefitting from the little help that I could provide."


GiveIndia.org is the way that Indians living in the UAE, US, UK, Singapore and all over the world reach out and help their country.
Causes You Care About
In November, there were two unfortunate events in India. While the city of Mumbai was stunned by terror attacks, a devastating cyclone hit the state of Tamil Nadu causing floods and extensive damage.

GiveIndia lets you reach out to the victims. While three GiveIndia- listed NGOs have set up iGive pages to raise funds for Tamil Nadu, the Bombay Community Public Trust (BCPT) is now a tier II NGO, and is raising funds for victims of the Mumbai attacks.
 Payroll Giving Updates
With the new GiveIndia site in place now, new sign ups registered and account balances uploaded, we are now on a drive to get payroll givers to make their donations from their accumulated balances on the site.

An email and poster campaign is being launched in several companies - HDFC Bank, Cadburys, ICICI Bank and others  - to encourage employees on the programme to make their donations. The choice on whether to make a donation or to let the balance accumulate to a larger amount is completely left to the employees.

If you are a Payroll Giver, you too can donate your account balance and change a life.
New Partnerships
We forged two new partnerships this month -

Started by a few students of XLRI, Jamshedpur, Dream4Others is an online research venture. They believe that "the dream for a better India is somewhere in the mind of every Indian"; and so they help people to do their bit through their website.

All one needs to do to "be the change" is register oneself at www.Dream4others.com and answer a few questions. Every time you answer these questions, Dream4Others will donate Rs.50/- to Rs.200/- to a charitable social welfare organisation on your behalf - GiveIndia's 140+ NGOs are part of the list of organisations that they will donate to.

GiveIndia has also partnered with The Better India to help people make a difference. The Better India website features stories about social and economic development initiatives across India. Go to The Better India to read postive stories of how India is making progress. The Better India offers their readers the opportunity to ACT NOW by making a donation through GiveIndia.
Donor Hall of Fame
We believe our donors are heroes. After all, it is thanks to their generosity that NGOs are able to reach out and change lives. So, we’re going to be honoring these heroes through a new feature on our website — the Donor Hall of Fame.

The proposed categories for the Hall of Fame are - donor, fundraiser, payroll giver and US donor.

If you would like to be considered for this Hall of Fame, please update your profile by selecting 'Yes' to the field 'Donor Hall of Fame.'
NGO Listing Renewal
Each of our certified NGOs undergoes a renewal process annually in November. This process, which takes about 2 months, entails submission of the NGOs latest documents - annual report, audited statements, Income Tax returns and GiveIndia's renewal forms; helping us to verify that these NGOs continue to remain accountable and credible.

Click here to view a list of the 10 fastest NGOs to complete their listing renewal process.
NGO feedback efficiency ratings:
View NGO feedback efficiency ratings as of December 10.

New NGOs on the block:
7 NGOs got listed with GiveIndia this month. These are:

New Life wants to build up a society based on equity & social justice where women & children are the leaders of social change of better tomorrow.

Rural Organising for Social Improvement Foundation strives for human, gender, dalit, and child rights; environmental and livelihoods promotion in a sustainable manner.

Sahara for All's motto is "Service to poor is service to God". They run various health and literacy programmes for the under privileged of Orissa.

SENSE works in the areas of Health and Sanitation, Education, Environment awareness and pollution control in Sivagangai, Tamilnadu.

Social Education and Economic Development (SEED) Trust is creating a platform for 300 hundred grass root NGOs to come together to interact and lobby for policy changes.

Vidyarambam Trust, Tamilnadu aims to provide joyful & quality education to underprivileged children studying at pre-primary and primary level.

Vikas Samarthan Kendra in Amreli, Gujarat runs programmes on water & sanitation, gender equality, health and education for the rural poor.

Women’s Emancipation and Development Trust (WED Trust) aims to develop a gender just society wherein women would be economically & politically independent.

Giving in numbers:
The top 5 NGOs who received  funds in the past month are:

Sevalaya - Rs. 1,80,258

Association for Rural Development & Action Research (ARDAR) - Rs. 1,57,656

National Association for the Blind, India - Rs. 1,44,862

Child Aid Foundation - Rs. 1,12,420

Salaam Baalak Trust, Mumbai - Rs. 90,909

This month, GiveIndia disbursed approx. Rs. 27.5 lacs to 116 GiveIndia-listed NGOs.


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