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GiveIndia Newsletter, December 2010

In this issue:
 US Taxpayer? Get your 501(c)3 tax receipt»

 Plant a tree online, MTV will plant one on the ground»

Take a donation survey, win an iPod!»

Gift a Donation this festive season»

Change a life:
Provide for an HIV+ orphan’s needs – Rs. 4,000 »

Support a tribal child’s education for a year – Rs. 3,000 »

Provide food for a mentally illpoor woman – Rs. 2,100 »

US Taxpayer? Get your 501(c) 3 tax receipt

US TaxpayerIf you pay your taxes in the US, we’re sure you’re scrambling around collecting all your bills and investment papers for the year, in addition to getting all your gifts ready. While there is no escaping taxation, making a donation is a wonderful way that can help someone in need while you help yourself too.

Make an donation and receive an immediate 501(c)3 tax certificate for your donation. Visit our donation search page and take your pick!

Further, if your company provides matching donations, do apply for the same for your donation. To know whether your company has a matching programme, check out:

Plant a tree online, MTV will plant one on the ground
ECOLUTIONWe are happy to announce that GiveIndia has been selected as the charity partner for ECOLUTION - an MTV campaign which envisions a greener India. The movement aims to develop an eco-consciousness in people. The idea is simple - for every tree planted online, MTV plants one on the ground.

The plantation drive has already started with 22,347 online trees being planted. Join the green ecolution - plant a tree now, make a difference for a better tomorrow!

Got a Facebook account? Spare a minute to plant a tree
Take a donation survey, win an iPod
Take our surveyGiveIndia is participating in a study being conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice that seeks to survey people who recently donated online about their reasons for donating.

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. For every survey completed the researchers will donate 50 rupees (up to a total of Rs. 50,000) to one program or organization registered with GiveIndia. Also, by completing the survey you will have the chance to win one iPOD being given away. If you would like to be entered into that draw please provide your e-mail address at the end of the survey. Your e-mail address will only be used to notify you if you won.

Spare a few moments to help us understand your reasons for donating through GiveIndia -
Gift a Donation this festive season

Gift a DonationAs the festive season approaches, we thought it was a good time to remind you that you can Gift a Donation on GiveIndia. i.e. instead of the usual book or t-shirt or cutlery set, you make a donation on behalf of someone – as a gift to them.

Sounds interesting? Give it a whirl.

Simply browse donation options on the site as you normally would, and tick the 'Gift this donation’ box before proceeding to donate. Fill out your friend's name and email ID before you make your payment. You can also enter a short message for your friend on why you are making this gift out for him/her.

Giving in Numbers:
A total of Rs.81.59 lacs was disbursed to 220 NGOs last month.

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

1. Dream A Dream - Rs. 11,93,264

2. Society of Friends of the Sassoon Hospitals (SOFOSH) – Rs. 4,68,916

3. Sevalaya – Rs. 3,27,189

4. Association for Rural Development and Action Research (ARDAR) - Rs. 2,31,441

5. SERUDS – Rs. 2,15,199

The 5 NGOs that received the least funds last month are:

1.Latika Roy Foundation – Rs. 895

2. The NAZ Foundation (India) Trust – Rs. 500

3. Diya Foundation(DIYA) – Rs. 250

4. Friends For The Needy – Rs. 250

5. Vidya & Child – Rs. 250

New NGOs on the block:
The following NGOs became GiveIndia certified NGOs last month. GiveIndia welcomes them on board:

Ashadeepa School for the Blind – is working to ensure that people with all kinds of disabilities get access to individual need based services as a matter of right; that they have a good quality of life and become an indivisible part of their communities.

Community Development Centre - envisages a society where the poor, marginalized and underprivileged have equal opportunities to participate in society. Its programs are especially catered for women, tribes, children and youths.

Genesis Welfare Trust - Genesis Welfare Trust is committed to create awareness among the public about HIV/AIDS and make society a better place for the infected and affected.

The Indian Council for Mental Health – works to integrate people with special needs into mainstream society by eradicating the stigma attached to them and by continuously providing them with the best services in every possible way.

Muscular Dystrophy Foundation India - was established by a mother of muscular dystrophy child with a sole desire of offering children with muscular dystrophy, all the good things that she was able to provide her son and all those that she wanted to, but could not.

Sri Thriveni Yuvajana Sangham- helps vulnerable families, especially women and children realize their full potential in society.