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GiveIndia Newsletter, October 2008

In this issue:
Donor Speak
Donor Hall of Fame NEW!
GiveIndia essay contest for children
Flood Updates
iGive - a great tool
Calling all bloggers!

Make a donation:
Educational scholarship support for a HIV/AIDS infected/affected child»

Support an elderly womanwith food»

Support a challenged child for Community Care for a month»

Donor Speak
We received these encouraging words from Mr. K M Rao, a payroll giver from leading consumer products company Marico

“Thank you very much for the feedback on the utilisaton of my modest donation through an institution like yours. It gives me immense satisfaction that there are NGOs / institutions like yours that have taken upon the responsibility of making the living conditions of our society, especially the underprivileged children, more livable.

I would like to make a sincere appeal to people from all sections of our society, especially the affluent, to come forward and assist GiveIndia in whatever manner possible and make the lives of the downtrodden and under privileged more meaningful.”


If you are a Payroll Giver, you too can donate your account balance and change a life.
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.
GiveIndia essay contest for children
The GiveIndia Bay Area chapter, a group of enthusiastic GiveIndians living in the Bay area of California, have organised an essay writing contest for children. The aim of the contest is to open an avenue for our kids to express the values of compassion, empathy, love and to nurture a ‘Culture of Giving & Helping’.

While the contest organisers are in the US, the contest is open to children everywhere, so parents please inspire and encourage your kids to participate.

The deadline for entries is October 31, 2008. view essay topics and more details
 Flood updates:
Just as the immediate situation in Bihar showed signs of improving, the southern state of Orissa was hit by flooding. The river Mahanadi has overflowed causing 61 breaches in embankments and massive destruction. So open your hearts for the victims of this disaster. Two GiveIndia listed NGOs** - Sahara and Catalysts for Social Action (CSA) - are working to help the flood affected. visit their iGive pages and make a secure online donation.

**These NGOs has met the Credibility Alliance norms. However, GiveIndia does not provide any assurance on use of funds raised through iGive pages, nor provides feedback reports for the same. You will have to follow up with the iGive page owner or the NGO directly to know how your funds were utilised.
iGive - a great tool for individuals
Have you been feeling like you want to do more? You’re already donating what you can, but you want to take it to the next level. Then iGive is perfect for you! Set up your own iGive page to raise funds for a cause you feel passionately about, then appeal to friends and family to support your cause.

iGive, GiveIndia’s personal fundraising page service has been used in innovative ways. Several individuals have set up iGive pages for a variety of reasons: to celebrate their wedding and birthdays, honor a grandparent, fundraise with their alumni groups or raise funds for a marathon. Click on the links below to see some examples of how to use iGive.

www.giveindia.org/give/pledgepage/AshuRajitaReception

www.giveindia.org/give/pledgepage/donateforria

www.giveindia.org/give/pledgepage/Grandma

set up your own page. In case you have any questions about iGive, please write to tarika@giveindia.org
Calling all bloggers!
If you blog, then GiveIndia needs you! Blogging is a great way of letting your friends and family know about GiveIndia. For more details please write to amita@giveindia.org. See what others bloggers have said about us.
NGO feedback efficiency ratings:
View NGO feedback efficiency ratings as of October 15.

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

Catalysts for Social Action - Rs.83,208

National Association for the Blind, India - Rs.80,019

Association for Rural Development and Action Research (ARDAR) - Rs.72,772

Sankara Nethralaya - Rs.61,917

International Human Development & Upliftment Academy - Rs.51,700

This month, GiveIndia disbursed approx. Rs. 12.2 lacs to 86 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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