Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Scholarships in Fundraising for Grass Root NGOs

Very few scholarships are now available
for the very unique 
                                 Certificate Course in Fundraising and Communication  

conducted by
SAFRG Institute of Fundraising  
& Care and Concern Foundation.

Do not miss this opportunity. Call Ph: +91 11 25185110; Mob: (0)9540057641 (Vandana). Or send an email urgently. Scholarships available to deserving candidates registering within next 7 days only.

  • You do actual fundraising for leading NGOs in India. Therefore you leave the course with practical fundraising experience.
  • Course conducted by leading fundraisers who have raised funds for CRY, HelpAge, UNICEF, SOS Children's Villages, Charities Aid Foundation, Plan, Sight Savers and many other NGOs.
  • Leading CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) practitioners would tell you what they look for in an NGO.
  • You get the SAFRG certificate that is valued well within the NGO sector.
  • For people wanting to start a career in fundraising there could be job opportunities
  • Economical Paying Guest facility for outstation candidates

Course details:
  • Duration- 20 days, Sept. 5-27, 2011, Mon-Sat, 9 am to 5 pm
  • Course Fee: INR 27,000 (scholarships available for deserving candidates)
  • Address of the Campus: J-1, Udyog Nagar, Peeragarhi, New Delhi – 110041, INDIA (near Peeraghari Metro Station, easily accessible by Merto from all parts of Delhi

"SAFRG is a think-tank on NGO sustainability. In the last 20 years thousands of people have benefited from courses conducted by it".

Friday, June 17, 2011

Smiling Hospital Foundation Of India

Is happiness only about buying a new dress, going to an exotic location, splurging on material things? Take a pause …..there’s more to life …..happiness also comes from the smiling faces of these lovely , not so blessed , sick children . Thank God for the little mercies and the opportunity to put a smile on their sad faces . Thanks to Smiling Hospital Foundation of India for the magic show put up at Safdurjung Hospital , Delhi on 11th June , 2011. ( Smiling Hospital Foundation of India) .

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


To check ad hocism and get more transparency in the system , companies may have to take approval from the shareholders for their philanthropic aspirations.The government has already initiated the process and the New Companies Bill may soon include this condition.
Follow the link below to know more on this

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Philanthropy in a Big Way

One more Indian has joined the big league of Philontropists. Indian born Vinod Khosla and his wife Neeru have pledged half of their vast fortunes estimated at $1.4 billion (Rs 6,300 crore) to charity .The 56-year-old Khosla is Silicon Valley’s most prominent “green” venture capitalist and a dominant personality in the cleantech community. Follow the link to know more about this this link

Giving Is Growing

Indians since time immemorial have believed in giving , be it in kind or in terms of financial assistance. People have come up a long way moving from charity to philanthropy. Families and individuals are moving from a more traditional model, from large-scale gifts to schools, colleges and hospitals, to a more hands-on model of giving. It is more planned and done in a more professional way now . The mindset of leaving all behind for the next generation is also changing . Now the entrepreneurs are building trusts and happily pledging part of their wealth to charity. The movement is on and the day when India will be a super power in terms of both economic and philanthropic en devours is not very far. As per a 2010 study philanthropic donations in India amount to 0.6% of GDP vis-a vis 2.2% of GDP in U.S. To know more about this go on to the following link.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Corporations also recognise ISR

Appeejay Surendra Group, an Indian business house has created an ISR- Individual Social Responsibility Portal. The portal mainly focusses on employee volunteering. Here take a look by clicking on the link

Friday, March 11, 2011

Volunteering & Individual Social Responsibility

Piece contributed by Archi Basu, Coordinator Volunteer Management, Udayan Care.

When 17-year-old Ruby opens a letter from her 'big' friend Zuleikha Gupta, 25, she is all smiles. Ruby, whose family income is barely Rs 7000 a month, has known Zuleikha, who works for Sesame Street, for mor e than six months now.
Zuleikha, Ruby, Akshay and Sanju, along with other 40 volunteers are part of the Big Friends Little Friends Programme in India that began in March 2010. The long term accompaniment programme was introduced by Udayan Care, a Delhi-based NGO in partnership with New Path Foundation, USA. The programme gives a young person (little friend) between age 12-17 years the opportunity to gain the friendship of a sincere adult (big friend) who is at least 6 years elder to the little friend.
“We are not telling them about what is right or what is wrong, we don't teach them either but we are just there to help them and at times they are there for us as well,” says a volunteer and big friend Nandini Sharma. Her little friend is 17-year old Manisha. When Manisha's elder sister was sick, Nandini was there to support the teenager.
Udayan Care, since 1994, have been supporting disadvantaged children women and adults reach their true potential and lead a life of dignity and self reliance. We nurture relationships that transform orphaned children in our long-term foster homes, disadvantaged girls in our education scholarships, underserved youth and adults in our IT & Vocational training centres, and children affected by HIV in our outreach programme. We have served more than 7500 people in 8 cities and advocate for children's rights and protection.
“12 to 17 years is a crucial age in a child’s life when they need proper guidance. Friendship and the sense of belongingness play a major role in that process. The adolescents find friends in the young professionals where both experience the true joy of sharing and a sense of contentment that comes with the bonding. Thus through this friendship both the big and the little friend brings positive change in each other’s life”, says Avik Swarnakar, Director volunteer Management with Udayan Care.
The programme is based on a long term one-on-one volunteer service. It is a voluntary and altruistic work without material payback. Unlike some other voluntary services (e.g. picking up garbage is a good service whether you do it once or you do it forever), there is a minimum time commitment of one year for this service. This is because it is believed long term and consistent caring is a very important factor in building confidence and happiness in people.
It is believed, in accompaniment, there is no purpose or expectation. Accompaniment neither necessarily means helping the other person in solving his problems, nor an intent to change the other person. Accompaniment shows itself through caring with equality.Accompaniment without expectation is wonderful but it is also hard to achieve. We can work towards not to expect appreciation from our beneficiaries, and not to expect approvals from the society, etc., and gradually, we will be closer to the state of accompaniment without expectations and closer to be ourselves freely.
“The idea is not for the big friend to be a mentor for the little friends but to treat each other as equal and honest friends who do not look at material gains but rather, a strong moral and emotional support, highlights”, Dr. Kiran Modi, Managing trustee of Udayan Care.
While the little friends gain their much needed support and encouragement from the bonding, the big friend experience personal growth and a feeling of contentment as they grow together with their little ones.
Udayan Care’s Big Friend Program in India is a group of idealistic people providing this little platform mindfully. As we walk together on this path of joyous service, we wish we can happily be ourselves, loving companions for the people we serve, and caring teammates for each other. May we often walk in the path of love, and may t his loving accompaniment brings peace, abundance, and joy to those around us.
“When I first came to know about this programme. I got really enthusiastic to learn more about this altruistic service that people do without any materialistic paybacks”, says Rupa Mahajan from Swati project. Realizing that the need of such programme among adolescents from our Kanak Durga community (in the heart of RK Puram sector 12 in South Delhi), we work in partnership with Udayan Care with an intention to reach out to more needy and disadvantaged children to foster such relationship.
Indeed it’s a joyous path and the Big Friend gets a chance to grow up once again with his Little Friend. And truly, we would all want to grow up once again!