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GiveIndia Newsletter, October 2010

In this issue:
 India Giving Challenge»

 A Story on Giving»

Our '09-'10 Annual Report is out»

Want to be part of a Giving Circle?»

Change a life:
Educate a poor child for a year - Rs 3,840»

Provide stipend to 1 Dalit Woman undergoing training - Rs.3,000»

Cataract surgery for a poor elderly person - Rs.1,980»

India Giving Challenge

India Giving ChallengeThe second edition of the India Giving Challenge finally came to an end!

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in taking this event to a whole new level this year - over Rs. 1.74 crores has been raised from more than 7,500 donors till date.

Over 200 NGOs and 15 corporates have been involved in making the challenge a huge success. And it is from these that the overall winner of the matching grant shall be announced on 9th November, 2010.

In the meantime, you can see if your favorite NGO or the NGO your organisation supported won one of the daily prizes on offer.

For all those who were part of this event, we would love to hear your experience with the event - from the website, to your interaction with donors, to your interactions with various GiveIndia employees and anything else you would like to tell us.
A Story on Giving
Gift a DonationWith Diwali just round the corner, we thought it apt to share with you this sweet story on giving - The Gift of the Magi by O Henry:

Jim and Della, a young couple, live in a rented room in New York. They are quite poor and recently Jim has had his salary cut back. After rent and groceries, the couple hardly have any money left.

With Christmas just a day away, Della wants to buy Jim a gold watch chain for his gold watch, as a Christmas present. They do not have much to be proud or happy about, but Jim is very proud of that watch. And Della? Della is most proud of her beautiful long hair. But she really wants to buy that gold chain for her husband. She decides to sell her hair to a woman who makes wigs and other hair articles - to pay for the gold chain. So, that's exactly what she does - cuts her hair, buys the chain, and then goes home to prepare dinner. All this while, a little worried about Jim's reaction on seeing her with all her beautiful hair gone.

When Jim comes home, he does look shocked to sees Della with short hair. He stares at her in a strange way and it scares her. Out of fear, she explains to him how she sold her hair so that she could buy him a nice Christmas present.

Jim senses her fear and tells her not to worry.The reason he is shocked to see her without her long hair is that he also wanted to get her a nice Christmas present. He gives her the present he bought her; and Della unwraps it to see that Jim had bought her a set of beautiful combs for her hair.She had seen them in a shop before, but they were so expensive. How was Jim able to afford them?

Suddenly, she remembers Jim's present. She gives him the gold chain. The chain is beautiful, but when Della asks Jim to put it on his watch, Jim surprises her - He had sold the watch to buy her those nice combs!

Make someone feel special this Diwali. Here's how.
Annual Report '09-10
GiveIndia Anuual ReportGiveIndia's annual report for the year 2009-2010 is out. The annual report along with all our financials for the year are available on our website for all.

We invite all to go through the same. In case you have queries/ comments, feel free to write to us at
Want to be part of a Giving Circle?

Giving CirclesOne of GiveIndia's newer initiatives has been the setting up of Giving Circles - a platform to bring together focused & like-minded people who have an intent to donate at least Rs 50,000 p.a towards a cause and stand to benefit from a closer engagement/ interaction with the NGOs incvolved.

How it works:
Giving Circle members choose a cause that they are passionate about. GiveIndia then identifies 2-3 projects that fit their need. After presentations by the identified NGOs, the Circle selects a project that they would like to support. They pool together resources to fund a pre due-diligenced project. GiveIndia conducts the due diligence on the NGOs and works with themto give feedback reports back to the Circle on a regular basis, after the project has been funded.

Progress So Far:
We are glad to announce that the Dongarpada project showcased in the first Mumbai Giving Circle meet by National Rural Research and Development Association (NARAD) is under execution. We would like to thank the circle of donors - Mr Sriganesh P, Mr. Sanjiv Dalal, Mr Aashu Calapa, Mr. Vikas Tandon, Ms. Dinaz Driver, Ms. Geeta Sehgal and Mr. Nimesh Sumati for their time, support and encouragement.

The project eliminates the water scarcity problem in the village through the construction of trenches and wells and would benefit at least 600 people, once completed. It is a 6-7 months project and would go on from Oct '10 - May '11.

If you would like to be a part of Giving Circles initiative, please contact

Giving in Numbers:
A total of Rs.43.99 lacs was disbursed to 206 NGOs last month.

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

1. Sevalaya - Rs. 2,06,335

2. J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre - Rs.1,97,350

3. ARDAR - Rs. 1,23,267

4. New Life - Rs. 86,460

5. SOS Children's Villages of India - Rs. 84,250

The 5 NGOs that received the least funds last month are:

1. Mumbai Mobile Creches - Rs. 1,000

2. Valluvar Gurukulam - Rs. 993

3. Sense International (India) - Rs. 500

4. Vidya & Child - Rs. 500

5. Charutar Arogya Mandal - Rs. 248

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:

Centre For Appropriate Technology»

Integrated Rural Workers Organisation»

Jan Manas Vikas Sansthan»

Society For Women's Education Economic Development»

Supreme Vidya Samsthe»

Vivekananda Seva Sangha»

Otherways to connect with GiveIndia:
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Change a Life:

DisabledAwareness Campaign on Disability prevention -
Rs. 2,950»

ChildrenSponsor a midday meal for 120 disabled children - Rs. 2,500»

WomenGive a very poor mother the means to have a safe delivery - Rs. 2,550»