GiveIndia Newsletter, January 2010

In this issue:
GiveIndia Mumbai Chapter Meet
US Giving Challenge Update
GiveIndia wins $25,000!
MakeMyTrip-GiveIndia Green Initiative
Now donate via Atom Mobile
NGO Listing Renewal

Change a life:
Gift a child a year's education - Rs. 3,500»

Sponsor health care, ration and clothes for a poor old person - Rs.2,850»

Sponsor a hearing aid - Rs.2,000»

GiveIndia Mumbai Chapter Meet

We would like to thank all of you who attended the first GiveIndia Mumbai Chapter meet held in December. To continue the great momentum we gathered then, we are continuing with this series and are going to hold the next meeting of the Mumbai Chapter on Jan 31st from 2.30-5pm.

Just a reminder - anyone and everyone wishing to learn more about our activities is welcome. This is an opportunity to meet other GiveIndia volunteers, meet the GiveIndia team and share with us any ideas about GiveIndia that you may have.

To RSVP and know the agenda of the event, please click on this link:

US Giving Challenge 2009

Similar to the India Giving Challenge, we held a US Giving Challenge in December, which saw NGOs reach out to their supporters in the US. We would like to share with you that over $25,000 was raised from over 175 donors.

The top winner in the Funds Raised category was Operation Asha; while Psycho Educational Society was the top winner in the Number of Donors category. View the entire list of winners.

For all those who were part of this event, we would love to hear your experience about the event. This will help us hold a bigger and better US Giving Challenge next year!

GiveIndia wins $25,000!

Facebook Recently, the Chase Community Foundation, in association with Facebook, held a Community Giving challenge for nonprofit organisations. It involved Facebookers voting for organisations that they believed were in need of support.

The prize? $1 million to the charity receiving the most votes; $100,000 each to the top five runners-up and $25,000 to the top 100 finalists. The good news is that, in round 1 (held in Dec '09), we were one of the top 100 finalists and won $25,000. However, we weren't that lucky in round 2 (held in Jan '10).

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who voted and helped spread the word in both rounds. We really appreciate your time, effort and support. Counting on your support next year too!

MakeMyTrip-GiveIndia Green Initiative

MakeMyTripWe entered into a new relationship with MakeMyTrip - one of our longtime supporters. Together, we are helping Indian travellers to offset carbon emissions generated through their travel.

How's that? Air passengers booking tickets on the MakeMyTrip website receive an estimation of their carbon footprint for their journey and the opportunity to offset it by contributing towards aforrestation programmes run by one of our listed NGOs - Seva Mandir in Rajasthan.

The initiative has already witnessed an enthusiastic response from travellers. In just over a month since launch, the programme has resulted in collection of over Rs. 5 lakhs, used entirely for planting trees. On ground, this translates into the planting of 35, 000 trees and a green cover of over 50,000 square feet.

The next time you travel, do think of flying green!

Now donate via Atom Mobile

Andhra Pradesh Flood ReliefIn our pursuit to make giving easy and provide donors with more ways to donate, we have partnered with yet another mobile payment service provider - Atom Technologies.

With this new partnership, you can now donate to charity using only your mobile phone. Atom is a freely downloadable application that can be accessed by anyone with a GPRS enabled mobile phone.

NGO Listing Renewal

Each of f our certified NGOs undergoes a renewal process annually in November. The process, which helps us to verify that NGOs continue to remain accountable and credible, has just gotten over for this year.

During renewals the 2008-2009 financials and Annual Report are audited. The NGOs also submit facts & figures that will be updated shortly on their pages on the site. 210 NGOs went through the renewal process in December 2009. Of these 2 were delisted due to non compliance of norms and 11 due to non compliance of Renewals.

NGO Feedback Efficiency Ratings:
View NGO feedback efficiency ratings as of January 10, 2010.
Donor Hall of Fame:
View the winners for the Hall of Fame for January 2010.
New NGOs on the block:
Newly-listed NGOs on GiveIndia are:

Badlao Foundation works for the upliftment and empowerment of the deprived & marginalized.

Binoba Binoba Arogya is striving to establish a self-sustainable society based on the values of equal opportunity, balanced growth, dignity and self-respect.

Daudnagar Organisation for Rural Development strives for the empowerment of the poor through both knowledge and action.

Indian Community Foundation focuses on for the welfare of the poor through health promotion awareness with alternative medicine and treatment.

Lokseva Shikshan Vikas Trust aims to improve the education, health and economical condition of very poor women and children of Gujarat s interior tribal area.

Priyadarshani Seva Mandali focuses on capacity building of vulnerable communities to project, enhance and improve the quality of life in a sustainable environment.

Sai Sneh Hospital educates people about health issues and generates awareness among them about preventive measures to ensure health.

Sshrishti's mission is to give primary level education to underprivileged children, especially to those of migrant labourers. These children will be given education with emphasis on English and computer learning along with a meal and basic healthcare.

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

Sevalaya - Rs. 3,83,440

Child Aid Foundation - Rs.  3,77,392

Associationfor Rural Development & Action Research (ARDAR) - Rs. 3,07,235

Kidpower India - Rs. 2,31,405

SOFOSH - Rs.  2,24,408

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