GiveIndia Newsletter, January 2011

In this issue:
 GiveIndia gets a new CEO

 Take our donor survey, win an iPod

Give Green

TCS and Tech Mahindra join the Payroll Giving programme

GiveIndia gets a new CEO

We are delighted to share with you that Dhaval Udani has recently taken over as GiveIndia's new Chief Executive Officer.

Dhaval, a 33 year old alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a Computer Science graduate from the VJTI, Mumbai, was the CIO and Head of strategy at GiveIndia since 2008. Dhaval worked for 3.5 years at consulting firm AT Kearney after his graduation from IIM Ahmedabad, and for 2 years during this period, he volunteered approximately 20 hours every week (in addition to a 60 hours a week day job).

He eventually gave up his cushy corporate job to try and make a difference. Dhaval has led the Internet and retail philanthropy initiatives of GiveIndia between 2008 and 2010, before taking over as our CEO now.

Earlier this year, Dhaval was chosen among 30 business leaders and CEOs in India to be part of the Aspen India Leadership Initiative, that boasts alumni such as Vivek Pandit of McKinsey, Meher Pudumjee of Thermax, Shivinder Singh of Fortis and Vishakha Mulye of ICICI Ventures, besides NGO leaders like Manoj Kumar of Naandi Foundation.
Take our donor survey, win an iPod
Donor SurveyGiveIndia is participating in a study being conducted at the University of Pennsylvania that seeks to survey people who recently donated online about their reasons for donating. Do help us out by filling out the survey.

It should not take more than 5-10 minutes of your time and will provide us with important information on why people donate and use the online platform.

For every survey completed the researchers will donate Rs. 50 (up to a total of Rs. 50,000) to GiveIndia. Also, by participating, you get the opportunity to be a part of a draw give away for one iPod.

No identifying information is being collected. The survey is anonymous and all data collected will only be used in aggregate for research purposes.
Donor SurveyTake the donor survey and be eligible to win an iPod.

Give Green

MTV EcolutionLast month, we announced that GiveIndia had 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.

We're happy to inform you that till date 32, 303 have been planted. With just a week left for the campaign to end, do spare a moment to plant a tree if you haven't already.

Amar Chitra Katha logo We have tied up with Amar Chatra Katha to launch the Green Book Club to help people be 'green' readers by donating towards the plantation of trees to offset their paper usage.

Landmark Honda logoThe other initiative allows customers of the Landmark Honda showroom in Ahmedabad to donate 15 trees and offset the CO2 emissions associated in the manufacture of their car.

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TCS and Tech Mahindra join the Payroll Giving programme

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2011 has stared off well for the Payroll Giving programme. 2 of the biggies of the IT sector, Tata Consultancy Services and Tech Mahindra have signed up to implement the programme.

At TCS, employees deductions will be from their bank accounts instead of salary. This will be the first time, GiveIndia has implemented monthly giving through bank accounts. We have tied up with ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank, and other banks are expected to also follow.

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Giving in Numbers:
A total of Rs.79.3 lacs was disbursed to 213 NGOs last month.

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

1. Sevalaya - Rs. 3,22,222

2. Society of Friends of the Sassoon Hospitals (SOFOSH) - Rs.2,37,931

3. Dr. Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital - Rs. 160,327

4. Child Aid Foundation - Rs. 1,46,628

New NGOs on the block:
GiveIndia welcomes the following NGOs on board. Be one of the first to support their activities by clicking on their names and learning about their donation options:

Mahila Sewak Samaj - was set up by a group of women after communal riots broke out in 1981. It was primarily set up to help rehabilitate women affected by these riots. And works today for the benefit of the girl child and women.

Matri O Sishu Bikash Kendra- was set up in 1984 by a group of women who came forward with a view to develop the deprived people of the community, specially children and women of the district of Howrah. It started with the set up a free coaching centre. And today has extended its activities to help people of adjacent urban & rural areas.

Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust- provides care and support to street-based drug users and seeks to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Mumbai.

St Jude India Childcare Centres- aims to provide clean safe and cost free accommodation and holistic care to needy children (and their accompanying parents) who are undergoing treatment for serious chronic diseases in Mumbai.

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