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April 23, 2013
indian express
Garima Mishra


Inspired by the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), donation platform www.giveindia.org recently launched Indian Giving League (IGL) which ranks cities on the basis of charity it makes.

The portal uploads details of donations made by various cities to support a cause through NGOs. Currently, Pune ranks fifth with the top four positions being occupied by Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai respectively. "The concept of IGL is aimed at creating excitement by seeing how charitable different cities are," said Dhaval Udani, CEO, GiveIndia. .

He said that IGL launch coincided with the inauguration of the sixth edition of IPL. "From April 3, Pune has donated Rs 1,22,941 through online and retail giving programme and ranks fifth," said Udani. Mumbai is leading by raising Rs 7,73,280 followed by Delhi (Rs 3,60,485), Bangalore (Rs 2,34,956) and Chennai (Rs 2,00,282).

Udani said IGL has received over 1,500 donations since April 3. "On the first day,IGL raised Rs 1,22,000. Till date, we have received donations amounting to Rs 29 lakh," he said adding the idea behind IGL was to ride on city loyalties being used to create excitement through IPL. As loyal city supporters root for their favourite team, here is an opportunity for each of them to do more and give back to their cities, he added.

GiveIndia was founded by Venkat Krishnan in 1999 with the objective of creating a credible link between people willing to donate and NGOs working for the poor.

"GiveIndia allows you to support a cause of your choice from about 200 NGOs that have been scrutinised for transparency and credibility. We do not raise funds for ourself but help you donate these to NGOs," said Udani. After reviewing over 3,000 non-profit organisations from all over the country, GiveIndia identified over 150 organisations that meet its listing criteria. 

These NGOs work for child welfare and education, disability, poverty, and women's empowerment. The listed NGOs include Akanksha Foundation, Udaan India Foundation, Muktangan, Apnalaya among others. Pune's Janaseva Foundation, Swadhar IDWC (Institute for Development of Women & Children) and Catalysts for Social Action have also been listed.

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