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NGO Newsletter
March 2013

In This Issue

Messaging system for NGOs with FCRA
MDO disbursements
Regular disbursements

Newly listed NGOs

1. Indian Association for the Blind
2. ISKCON Food Relief Foundation

Our partner NGOs in Focus

Aapna Janakalyan's persistent efforts paid off!
Aapna Janakalyan, our partner NGO succeeded finally in a movement, where they could get one of their constitutional rights resolved after 42 years of struggle. The Bengali refugees rehabilitated in Karnataka did not have the right to study their mother tongue (Bengali) in Karnataka. Aapna Janakalyan was fighting since its inception in 1997. Recently Govt of Karnataka has taken a policy decision to have Bengali as one subject as second language in all govt schools till 8th std.

MESCO's Career Expo
Mesco photo

Modern Educational Social & Cultural Organisation is conducting a Career Expo at MES Crescent English High School, Kausa, Mumbra,  this weekend for SSC & HSC appeared students. Identity card of students needed for entry. Personal counseling,  courses in renowned institutions, resource persons for career guidance are key featured. Call 022-24441442 / 24448637 for further details.

Heart of Gold feature
Times Now Channel featured a 2 minute video on Arun Nevatia, Managing Trust Rural Health Care Foundation in Heart of Gold program depicting his incessant struggle for life and devotion to humanity. Click here to watch the video.

Colorful and joyful socio cultural program
SRKS photo

A 3 day socio cultural Programme was organized by Sarada Ramakrishna (Sishu-O-Mahila) Sevashram in the last week of February. More than 5000 people in the surrounding villages participated in the programme which included – recitation, songs & drama and speech by eminent people in the NGO sector. The staff of Cognizant Technology Services distributed gifts for the children.

Fundraising Tip

Measuring Impact
Philanthropists and business leaders in a recent survey shared that information about the impact is as important to them as the cause for which they are devoting money and time. Charities need to measure the difference they are making in a simple and appropriate way to strengthen the relationship with the donors and connect better with their funders. The more involved a donor is with non-profits, the more he gives. Social audit is one way to measure the impact.

India Tax Saving Challenge 2013

India Tax Saving Challenge ended on 20th March touching fantastic never before highs in fundraising. 73 NGOs participated to raise a phenomenal Rs.1.37 crores, more than 60% of which was raised by our Tier I NGOs. This is also the highest the competition has seen so far in its 4 year history.

We were happy to see NGOs reaching out and doing their very best to finish. A total of Rs.29.88 lacs will be awarded as Matching grants to NGOs and the results will be declared before 31st March 2013.

NEED for a more robust Education system

Deloitte education photo
The Confederation of Indian Industry in partnership with GiveIndia & Deloitte Centre for Leadership and Community released a report on ‘Urgent Needs of NGOs in the Education Sector’ last month. This report highlights the role of social non-profit organizations/NGOs in the field of elementary education and their needs. The report contains  an overview of the current scenario in the education sector, key findings, recommendations and analysis and interpretation of findings. 17 of our partner NGOs have been surveyed and the fact sheet highlights interesting stories about them. Read the detailed report to understand the challenges faced by NGOs and the recommendations to amend RTE act and modify Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan intervention model.

Top 10 MDO disbursements this month

Testimonial from Bani Mandir on the MDO program:
This is a charming program for the beneficiaries. They are very happy and satisfied. They have expressed their gratitude to the donors, GiveIndia and Bani Mandir members.

Regular Funds disbursed to top 10 NGOs

Good News for NGOs with FCRA

A new messaging system has been set up by the government to facilitate speedy and assured communication with NGOs having Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration. It will be mandatory for all NGOs to make use of the new FCRA messaging system for sending queries, comments etc to the Home Ministry.

Access the following link for further reading:

1. New Messaging system for NGOs with FCRA registration

Dan Palotta - TEDTalks

Activist and fundraiser Dan Palotta boldly discusses five areas where non profits are discriminated- compensation, advertisement, taking risk, time and profit to attract risk capital in his TEDTalk "The way we think about charity is dead wrong". Click to watch the video where he also covers the importance of overhead costs.

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