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If you are running an NGO or working for one, you will find opportunities and resources for your organisation.

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You will also get to read about statistics and issues concerning transparency & accountability of the Indian voluntary sector.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hyderabad NGO workshop great success, rush to the Chennai NGO Meet on July 24

Mr Venkat Krishnan, GiveIndia's Founder, presenting the Joy of Giving Week to NGOs

133 participants from NGOs across Andhra Pradesh attended the Joy of Giving Week workshop at the Press Club in Hyderabad. Besides understanding the concept of the joy of Giving Week and how they could exploit the opportunities it presented, NGOs decided to collaborate. Pushpa from GuideStar India explained the NGO registration process. NGOs were delighted that their profiles would automatically get featured on on registering for the Joy of Giving Week.

We thank Mr Narsing Rao, Sajitha, Prabhakar & Lakshmi Prasanna of Sahara and Praveen Vempadapu of KIDPOWER India for volunteering with us to manage NGO registration at the workshop.CLICK HERE to download the NGO registration form for the Joy of Giving Week.

Chennai NGO Meet on Jul 24
The Joy of Giving Week ( initiated by GiveIndia ( brings you a unique fundraising opportunity in collaboration with Oriental Cuisines, Chennai - AT NO COST TO YOU. This is an invitation to attend the NGO meet
Date : 24th July 2009, Friday
Time : 10 am to 12 noon
Venue : Conference Hall, ICSA Jivana Jyoti
107 Pantheon Road
Chennai 600 008
Phone: 044-28194905/42145726
Directions: Diagonally opposite to Museum Theatre.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Rush to register for Joy of Giving Week workshop in Hyderabad (July 22)

GuideStar India ( is happy to invite you to the Joy of Giving Week workshop organised by GiveIndia. Please read below the Hyderabad workshop announcement from GiveIndia and confirm your participation to They will soon be organising similar workshops in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata.

GuideStar India is managing NGO registration for the Joy of Giving Week. After you confirm participation with, we will send you the registration form.

Joy of Giving Week, Sept 27 - Oct 3, 2009
A Unique and massive Opportunity for NGOs to raise money, resources and awareness, brought to you by GiveIndia
Hyderabad Workshop on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

After bringing the idea of "fundraising through marathons" to India through the Mumbai and Delhi marathons, GiveIndia now presents NGOs of the country a BIGGER platform- The Joy of Giving Week, September 27-October 3, 2009. The Joy of Giving week is a huge national platform that will bring 2 crore Indians together to engage in conscious acts of giving- money, time, skills, donations in kind. From a panwalla in Muzaffarpur to a billionaire in Mumbai, school children, college goers, factory workers, housewives, autorickshaw walas, celebrities and corporate honchos…just about everybody will participate through this platform. Above all, it creates a platform for NGOs to fundraise with zero fees payable- 100% of what is raised through an event goes to the NGOs!!

We invite you to a free of cost meeting and discussion on this new national movement and how you might leverage the opportunity to increase the visibility of your work and raise funds for your organisation.

Venue: Press Club, Opp. Nizam College (near LB Stadium Gate), Basheerbagh, Hyderabad.
(It is before the Basheerbagh Flyover, on the First Floor)
Date: July 22, 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon

Please carry your visiting cards with you to facilitate follow-up contacts.

Register now to confirm participation. Limited seats available on First Come First Served basis. Workshop open to all NGOs of Andhra Pradesh. Separate workshops are being done in other cities for the other states. Please email to confirm participation.

Travel Directions:

If you are coming by a train or bus, please get down near Nampally Railway Station (or Nampally Bus Stop.) The workshop venue is only 1.5 KM from there. By walk it would take you around 15 mins, else you can take a auto rickshaw for 10-15 Rupees. Also, please find attached to this email a direction map from Nampally to workshop venue.

If you are having any queries/doubts, please call

# 99631 06032 (for mode of communication in Telugu)
# 99082 16677 (for mode of communication in English/Hindi)

More Information on the Joy of Giving Week

Several large national initiatives are already in place-

1. The School Design Challenge will inspire children aged 10-13 from over 35,000 private and government schools all over India to design solutions to India's problems and implement them during the Week. Presented by Riverside School, NID, Stanford Design School and IDEO (the world's #1 design firm), in partnership with hundreds of educational NGOs and schools across India.

2. The College Joyfest will reach youth from 3000+ colleges all over India, and get at least 300 colleges to partner with local NGOs and organise "Joy Festivals" in their colleges. Youth will also be encouraged to volunteer in various community initiatives during the week. The event is being promoted by JAM and supported by MTV.

3. Goonj will run a massive Clothes Collection Drive in 25 cities all over India, targeting to collect at least 1 crore units of clothing during the Week.

4. The Battle of Buffets events in Chennai and Hyderabad will see their biggest 5* hotels coming together and offering their best buffet spreads free of cost in large public fundraising events, and NGOs in the city can benefit by selling donor passes to the “zero cost fundraising event”.

5. Stars4Charity, a fundraising event choreographed by ace director Farah Khan in Mumbai will help the Jai Vakeel Trust to fund raise.

6. A "CEOs Walk the Ramp for a Cause" event by Toofles Foundation will be hosted by the Taj Hotels in Mumbai during the Week.

HYDERABAD is having events like Love 4 Buffet - which presents opportunity for fund raising at Zero Percent Cost, Shadow A CEO, etc. Many NGOs locally are planning and working on huge fund-raising and awareness events during the Joy of Giving Week.

Besides this several individuals and organisations across the country are creating events and opportunities for people to participate in giving and volunteering. Several companies have come forward and offered space for hosting events, providing technology support, free branding and visibility, media coverage, etc. For further details, visit

About GiveIndia:

GiveIndia is India's largest 'philanthropy exchange' that connects donors directly with NGOs. Founded in 2000, our flagship Payroll Giving programme and other activities together channeled Rs26.7cr from 150,000 individual donors to more than 200 NGOs in 2008-09 alone.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Jay, tenth grader from Chicago volunteers with GuideStar India

We are delighted to have Jay Jani, a tenth grade student from Chicago volunteering with us for 3 weeks. This is what Jay has to say: "I came all this way to India from Chicago to help out this NGO GuideStar India. This gives me community service hours and it also gives me a good feeling inside that I am helping the community. GuideStar India has encouraged me to do community services because it is a program that helps many people internationally. The future of the world is going to depend on international communication, thus, this program enables the practice and understanding of helping others before oneself. I feel it is important to do GuideStar India because it helps India move forward into mindsets of people in giving a helping hand. My goals here are bring back this information that I have learned to my school and community. This will help GuideStar India reach many parts of the world. I have done plenty of community service before. I decided to do this because it will help me in the field of business that I wish to embark into. Traveling and having an exposure of working in GuideStar India will help me in my life in plenty of these ways."
Thank you, Jay. We are sure the work you do with us will help us to showcase the work of many NGOs.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Great response to JGW workshops at Bangalore

The NGO workshop held at Dell Computers in Bangalore had 116 participants from NGOs in Karnataka and Kerala. The second session at Resource Alliance's IWRM the same day spread the message to another 63 participants from different parts of the country.

Registration forms have been mailed to all participants and completed forms have started coming in. Click here to download the NGO registration form for free registration.

We thank Praveen, Regional Coordinator (South) of Credibility Alliance for helping us at both workshops. We thank Archana of iVolunteer and their volunteers for the day, Prathana Unkalkar, Anto Francis Bharat, Prema Swaminathan and Vijayanand Nagaraj for making the on-the-spot registration process smooth. A big thank you to Gopi Venkataraman and Karpagavalli M Sundaram, Srivibhavan Balaram and Rajeev Goswami of GiveIndia for taking care of every one.