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GiveIndia Newsletter, November 2008

In this issue:
Donor speak
US Taxpayers - plan your charitable giving
PayrollGiving updates
GiveIndia needs volunteers
Become a fundraiser
Donor Hall of Fame

Make a donation:
For Rs. 5100, Subsidized meals (lunch & dinner) for 240 Blind & Disabled Students for a day

For Rs. 4,500, Educate a hearing impaired child for one year»

For Rs. 1,200, A month's meals to a woman in rehabilitation»

Donor speak
We received these encouraging words from Mr. Hari Kumar K -

“I have been associated with GiveIndia for more than one year now and I must admit that the experience that I have shared with them has been truly overwhelming. I had been long thinking of making a difference to the community and leaving an impact to the society rather than living a selfish life of "me and mine". My family has been sponsoring a day's meal at local temples in my home town.

But I always thought of doing something which might a have bigger impact in someone's life. This prompted me of doing something for the under privileged, primarily those who are physically challenged. I prefer using the word "Challenged" because all of us are faced with challenges in life. Only that a bigger challenge has been thrown at them.

So when I was blessed with a baby girl in June 2007, I felt it was the right time to contribute. A new life has come into this world, why not give a new beginning to someone else. A quick internet search led me to the GiveIndia website. I found the internet very easy to navigate and helpful. Moreover, the system looked robust with the fact that you would know exactly the end beneficiary of the amount that you contribute.

And what's more? I received a tax certificate and a feedback report. I appreciate the quick response and am delighted to see that there are a whole lot of genuine people who are focused on making India a better place to live in.

I have received a thank you note for my contribution. But I would take this opportunity to thank GiveIndia and the NGO for making tomorrow brighter for those who really need. it."

US taxpayers — plan your charitable giving
The end of 2008 is drawing near. It’s time for US taxpayers to make their charitable donations for the year in order to claim a tax deduction. GiveIndia is a registered 501c3 organisation. With the strong US Dollar, there’s never been a better time to help Indians living in poverty. You can start by searching through GiveIndia’s donation choices.

Payroll Giving updates
Euro RSCG becomes the latest company to implement Payroll Giving. Our sincere thanks to Suman Srivastava for his keen enthusiasm to make the programme a success. Euro RSCG is also doing a wonderful thing but contributing an equal amount to the employees, so they can donate twice what they themselves contribute.

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance launched the programme last month. By some coincidence, it seems to be the season for insurance companies as in the past few months Bajaj Allianz, HDFC Standard Life, and Kotak Life have all implemented the programme. Our thanks to Judhajit, Shivani and Deborah for taking personal interest in ensuring the programme is a success.

HDFC Bank, Chennai had a great sign up drive. Nearly 900 employees signed up, thanks to the enthusiasm showed by the HDFC team George Mathai, Suresh Kumar and Chandrasekhar.

Paternoster has also implemented the programme. Our thanks to Amit Jain for driving the initiative within the company.

If you are a Payroll Giver, you too can donate your account balance and change a life.

 GiveIndia needs volunteers
GiveIndia is looking for volunteers immediately on weekdays for a one time activity - verifying beneficiaries. No prior NGO work experience is required. You can help for as little as one day!

Volunteers are required in the following cities: Ahmedabad, Delhi, Dindigul, Kolkata, Mumbai, Mysore, Pune, Udaipur, Vijaywada (AP), Vijaynagar (AP)

Your support will go a long way in enhancing the credibility of the organisations that are supported and building greater confidence among the donor community that supports these NGOs through GiveIndia.

Learn more about what this volunteering opportunity.

Become a fundraiser
GiveIndia now brings to you the opportunity to raise funds for your favorite organisations. All you need to do is create an online pledge page for any NGO that you wish to support and send out donation requests to your friends, family, colleagues and others. It's a great way to support a cause that you care about. To get started, register the NGO with GiveIndia under our Tier II NGO listing by submitting the organisation's registration documents, financials and a cheque/DD of Rs. 5000. Become a fundraiser today and raise money for any occasion - birthdays, anniversaries, festivals...

For details write to

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.' Results will be computed and announced every month, beginning December 2008.

NGO feedback efficiency ratings:
View NGO feedback efficiency ratings as of November 10.

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

Balajothi Centre for the Disabled wish to enable disabled people to lead transformed & abundant lives through self reliance.

Blind Welfare Council aims to ensure that all disabled people of Dahod & Panchmahal districts have access to opportunities, which lead to an improved quality of life.

Community Action for Rural Development (CARD) works for the sustained development of poor village people through integrated development activities.

JK MAASS Foundation envisages a society where peoples' awareness on Disability Rehabilitation is widely ensured & persons with disability surpass all barriers to attain their development.

Native Medicare Charitable Trust provides sustainable holistic development to the underserved, especially women & children infected by HIV/AIDS.

Rural Welfare Organization aims for a comprehensive transformation of the marginalised community in a sustainable manner.

Vishwas Trust's the dream is to build as many engines as they can for the people of India, so as to help transfer productive small scale technologies & encourage entrepreneurship among needy urban, rural & tribal women, youth & students.

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

Seva Mandir - Rs. 5,08,675

Development Research & Action Group - Rs. 5,01,065

Mobile Crèches for Working Mothers' Children - Rs. 2,40,484

Catalysts for Social Action - Rs. 2,24,000

Child Aid Foundation - Rs. 1,84,299

This month, GiveIndia disbursed approx. Rs. 38.86 lacs to 101 GiveIndia-listed NGOs.

Other ways to connect with GiveIndia:
*Join GiveIndia's community on Orkut

*Be part of the GiveIndia cause on Facebook

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