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10 Women NGO leaders working to build a more equitable world

Let's celebrate the strength, resilience, and achievements of women NGO leaders on International Women's Day
INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day, for decades, has been an annual reminder of the bias and inequalities that women continue to face. Despite a long battle for equality, we live in a world plagued by gender-based violence, abuse, and sexual harassment. But despite many hurdles, women have been at the forefront of progress in many areas. Women NGO leaders in India...

What is philanthropy? Understanding the concept, history, and benefits of giving

Small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the world. The spirit of philanthropy and giving back should spread all over
SINCE the beginning of time, people have always found ways to help others who are less fortunate than themselves. So when one asks ‘what is philanthropy?’  to put it simply, it is an act of giving something of yourself - be it money, resources or time - to promote the welfare of others. While philanthropy is often associated with...

Fast Pitch: Connecting social sector leaders with resources

Fast Pitch is a carefully designed program by SVP India where NGO leaders learn how to best present the story of their work and raise money
IMAGINE a space where social sector leaders can pitch their ideas to potential investors, just like on the popular TV show Shark Tank. Now, imagine that instead of pitching for profits, these entrepreneurs are pitching for a cause – a cause to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Welcome to Fast Pitch, by Social Venture...

15 effective fundraising tips for nonprofits

Online fundraising is an art in itself. Fundraising tips are bound to help
WHILE nonprofits play a vital role in making the world a better, more inclusive place, they have to deal with many challenges - among them the need to secure sufficient funding to work towards their missions. However, with so many players out there raising money for nonprofit organisations and vying for donations, it can be challenging to stand out...

How to donate for income tax exemption – A detailed guide

You can claim a deduction under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act for contributions made to certain relief funds and charitable institutions
AS a donor, one of the most rewarding aspects of giving to a non-profit organisation is the knowledge that your donation is making a difference and adding value to the lives of others. But did you know there is an added bonus? That your contribution to a cause close to your heart can also have a positive impact on...

World Cancer Day: Tackling the increasing challenge in India

On World Cancer Day, it is crucial for all to unite for a cancer-free world
AS the world marks February 4 as World Cancer Day, the disease remains a significant public health concern in India. An estimated 1.5 million new cases are reported in India every year. And the burden of cancer is an ever-increasing problem. What is of particular concern is the incidence of childhood cancer which is on the rise. According to...

This Republic Day, support these causes to make India better

We can help those in need and commemorate 74th Republic Day of India
AS India celebrates Republic Day, a day to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution, it is also a time to reflect on the nation's progress and also the fact that not everyone in our country has the same opportunities and privileges. How can we help those in need and commemorate Republic Day? We can make a difference in...

National Girl Child Day: The fight for equality continues

This National Girl Child Day, our resolve should be, yet again, to break the chains of discrimination
THE Indian Constitution states that all individuals in India, regardless of gender, caste, or religion, are equal. Despite notable achievements by women in various fields, the grim reality is that a girl child is considered a burden in some sections of our society. They could be denied education, nutrition, care, and even the right to life. Female foeticide, the...

10 things to check when choosing a crowdfunding website

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OVER the last decade, crowdfunding in India and across the globe has emerged as a credible financing tool for various causes. These could be crowdfunding for personal needs or for others and causes close to your heart. Crowdfunding refers to the process of raising funds for a particular business, charitable cause, or specific project, like a startup business venture....

10 NGOs focused on empowering India’s youth

Swami Vivekananda was a great believer in the power of the youth. January 12 is celebrated as National Youth Day
SWAMI Vivekananda is revered across the country as one of the foremost youth icons and thought leaders of the early modern era. He is often credited with catapulting Indian spiritual philosophy onto the world stage at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. Such was the enigma of young Swami Vivekananda that he left the world spellbound by...