Here Are Some Great Ways To Raise Funds This August

The month of August holds great importance to Indians and what better way to honour this month than to celebrate it by spreading care, love, happiness, and equality to fellow Indians within irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, age, status or economic condition.

The August calendar promises some great celebrations, but you can make this month happier by doing good along with having fun.We have compiled a list of causes that might resonate with you.

Now, let’s get started!

1. August 6th: Friendship Day
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Everybody needs a friend they can count on. However, not everyone is so lucky. So many traverse the ups and downs of life with no support, all on their own. Come Friendship Day, celebrate your friendship by spending the day with your friend at an orphanage or an animal shelter.
There are over 20 million orphans in India. Of which, the overwhelming 99.7% have been abandoned by their parents.

But YOU can help bring some light and comfort into their lives by extending your hand of friendship.

Even a little amount of love and friendship can be life-changing for these kids. Let them know that they are special,, and that they are not alone. Consider volunteering either directly or collaborate with an NGO. Once you are involved, you can start by promoting their physical and mental well-being. Organise educational programs, meal plans, health facilities, and sporting events. As these can be expensive for one person to bear, you can seek out like minded people to raise funds, those who want to create as much of an impact as you do.

You can start a fundraiser and collate resources from different people to finally bring love, care, and happiness in their lives. Alternatively, you can support a preexisting fundraiser, and we have one such campaign for you.

Click here to know more.

2. August 7th: Raksha Bandhan
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Those of us who are fortunate enough to have sisters know how incomplete our lives would be without them. Their sacrifice, effort and constant presence is tantamount to highest achievement anyone could hope for and any success remains incomplete without their constant support.

But millions of girls don’t get their efforts reciprocated are often disadvantaged when it comes to accessing equal opportunities. This has largely been due to restrictions put upon them by societal norms. This August, YOU can help change that.

Start a fundraiser to enable underprivileged girls to have access to quality education or make a donation to a cause in her name.

This campaign about helping underprivileged girls in Karnataka to continue their education might pique your interest.

3. August 13th: International Youth Day
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From Newton publishing his first manuscript on calculus at the age of 23 and revolutionising the world, progressing it to modernity, to Zuckerberg becoming a billionaire at the age of 28 by and redefining social interactions using the internet, there is little doubt that much of the world’s pivotal and era defining accomplishments have been made by the youth.

So, what fuels this desire to innovate? Well, a quick answer would be the drive and freshness of the mind that youth brings to the table. The willingness to take risks, combined with drive and the impetus to learn are the major factors that enables them to reach so far ahead of the pack.

However, not all are so fortunate. Many are unable make it past the cusp to a better life due to lack of opportunities, no proper support and poor economic conditions. When they are struggling to get by and barely subsisting, where will they they get the encouragement to venture outwards and explore the unexplored?

This is where you can step in to support the fresh and young minds who can drive the world forward. You can help out by promoting educational and health programs which are deeply beneficial. If you encounter such a cause but don’t see much around it, and would like to help, don’t lose hope. You can start a fundraiser to do just that!

You can also support other people who are already working upon such issues. In fact, we are confident that this campaign about bringing education, personal development and career counseling to the youth in villages might just be what you are looking for!

4. August 8th: World Senior Citizen’s Day
-You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” (2)

“After a lifetime of working, raising families, and contributing to the success of this nation in countless other ways, senior citizens deserve to retire with dignity” – Charlie Gonzalez

We should all appreciate the fact that without the unbroken chain of knowledge and wisdom being passed down the generations, civilisation would be heading in a completely different direction than the one towards progress. And we see this in the form of our grandparents. Their role in our lives is invaluable and reciprocating their care, love, and affection are the decent things to do.

But what is ought to be is seldom the same as what is. Over 65% of India’s senior citizens have to rely upon others for their day to day lives and are very often neglected, abandoned and victimised. Right now, our elderly have to face with the prospect of living with indignity, ungratefulness, and apathy in perpetuity.

With your effort, a lot a can be achieved. Start a fundraiser to support them and offer them a chance to live their lives with security, love, and support. You can also support people who are already doing their bit in making a difference in their deeply significant lives.

You can help 50 elderly get food security for at least a year and ensure that at the very least their subsistence isn’t imperiled.

5. August 15: Independence Day
-You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” (1)

India, the largest democracy in the world will turn 71 this month and celebrate its hard fought struggle to secure freedom and self-determination of its now 1.3 billion citizens. The day long celebration is marked with The President’s address to the nation along with 21 gun salute and The Prime Minister’s flag hoisting in the nation’s capital, New Delhi.

The celebration of freedom, is in stark contrast to at least 18 million of India’s own citizens who are still caught and enslaved, by human trafficking, child labour, indentured labour, illegal confinement etc. Come Independence Day, take a stand to display solidarity and provide support so that they too can rejoice and partake in the freedom that is well deserved by all. You can start a fundraiser to raise awareness and help a victim of trafficking or forced labour fight for justice. Or you can may consider contributing to this fundraiser which aims to support children rescued from exploitative and inhuman environments.

6. August 29th: National Sports Day of India
-You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

The day commemorates the birth date of the legendary Indian hockey player, Dhyan Chand. He was instrumental in making India win the 1928, the 1932 and the 1936 Olympic gold medals in Men’s Field Hockey. Due to his skill, he is often referred to as the ‘Wizard of Hockey.’

However, in a country where cricket is the dominant source of sports entertainment, there is not much space left for other sports, let alone hockey. Many promising players drop their dream of becoming a medal-winning world class athlete due to lack of funds and support.

Also, to have the competitive edge on the world stage over other athletes, it is imperative for them to start young and have all the resources at their disposal so that they can realise their true potential.

This is where YOU can help. Start a fundraiser to support up and coming athlete who show promise, or you can support a preexisting campaign such as this.

Five Fun-Raising Ideas For July

Come this July, there are a lot of things happening around the world!  Plenty of awareness days and events that one can celebrate, and to celebrate them in the most meaningful way possible, you can start by raising funds to support a cause that resonates with you.

So here’s our roundup of fundraising ideas you can take up this July:

1) 3rd July: Sarcoma Awareness Week

 

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Sarcoma is a rare and unusual type of cancer that manifests itself in people of all ages, and comprises about one percent of all cancer cases. It is specific to connective tissues present in the body. Normal connective tissues include, fats, blood vessels, nerves, bones, muscles, deep skin tissues, and cartilage. The treatment options available to Sarcoma patients usually involve expensive procedures like radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or sometimes, even surgery, the costs of which would deplete most sufferers off of their entire savings.

This July 2017, start a medical fundraiser for someone afflicted with sarcoma and help them get access to, and afford the necessary treatment.

 

2) 11th July: World Population Day

Indian students paint umbrellas with slogans and pictures during an awareness event to mark World Population Day in Allahabad on July 11, 2013. Africa and Asia are the continents that will see the fastest urban population growth in the next 40 years, a UN report said earlier in the year noting that India and China are leading the surge. The Earth's population is expected to roughly triple by 2050 compared to a century earlier. It stood at three billion in 1950, reached seven billion in 2011 and is likely to reach about 9.5 billion by 2050 -- a rise that will occur especially in the poorest countries, according to UN estimates. AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

The UNDP observes World Population Day to highlight  issues caused by due to overpopulation. like gender inequality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. With India having the second highest population in the world, and a very high poverty rate, this day is highly relevant to us. The theme for 2017, set by UNFPA, is ‘Family Planning in Developing Nations’.

Take this opportunity to start a fundraiser to setup awareness and educational programs in various parts of India which focus on providing information, services, and support for safe and voluntary family planning. Alternatively, if you are an NGO, you can take our 100% Impact Challenge where all the funds raised go directly to the NGO without any platform fees!

3) 15th July: World Youth Skills Day

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Statistics have shown that 13 out of 100 Indians surveyed, between the ages of 5-29, never attended school because it was deemed unnecessary. These numbers are far more pronounced in the age group of 10-14 years, which are the formative years of any young mind.

However, some students are taking the initiative to increase public interest in technical skills by organising competitions that require comprehensive engineering and managerial skills.  On World Youth Skills Day, take a step towards supporting such campaigns, and increasing educational outreach by helping them raise funds.

 

4) 28th July: World Hepatitis Day

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Being the heaviest organ in the body, the liver performs multiple functions, including purification of the body from harmful chemicals. Therefore, when a person’s liver malfunctions, it can bring about a lot of health problems upon the sufferer, and as a consequence, severe financial strain. For example, Hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common diseases associated with liver problems, for whom the majority of treatments are exceptionally costly. A person with limited financial means can hardly afford that.

If you or anyone you know is affected by a liver disease and needs funds for treatment, you can begin by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru today, or you can support a pre-existing campaign. We have one that you can support!

 

5) 29th July: International Tiger Day

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International Tiger Day is celebrated every year on the 29th of July to spread awareness about tiger conservation. With the tiger population in India  inching closer to extinction, initiatives like ‘Project Tiger’ were conceptualized by animal welfare organisations and wildlife enthusiasts to come forward and pledge protection to our national animal. This is to be accomplished by raising funds for awareness programs, legal and administrative steps, as well as steps to rehabilitate and repair the damage done to their ecosystem. This year on International Tiger Day, start a fundraiser to support organisations that work towards saving the tiger or help ongoing animal welfare projects!  

 

Let’s start making an Impact!

 

How Many Of These Indian Olympians Do You Know?

Let’s accept it, we don’t know our Olympians unless they win a medal. How many of us were familiar with Vijendra Singh or Mary Kom before they actually won? Very few. And, that’s a sad truth to face. Through over the years the country’s engagement with Olympic athletes has increased thanks to the win followed by movies made on these players (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom), most of these are recognised and appreciated way after their time.

Indian athletes have won 28 medals at the Olympics so far. In fact, the Indian National Field Hockey team dominated the Olympics with 11 medals in 12 Olympics, between 1920 and 1980. Yet, a cricket-addicted country gives little space to its other game-changers. Even the government funding to most of these athletes is dismal. We sent the largest contingent so far to the Rio Olympics but returned with the least number of medals in history. The funds given by the government weren’t utilized properly, mainly because becoming an Oympian is not an overnight goal. It takes years of proper training, nutrition and infrastructure and exposure through participation in International competitions which most of these athletes lack.

Providing adequate training and resources is perhaps the second step, the first is acknowledgement. So on World Olympics Day, Impact Guru would like to acknowledge the hard work of these heroes who are patiently and silently gearing up to win a gold at Tokyo 2020. Let’s get to know them before they win us a medal!

 

 

Avtar Singh

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Age: 25 years
Sport: Judo
Achievements: Gold medalist at 2016 South Asian Games + Qualifier at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Judo isn’t a popular sport which naturally puts Avtar way down the list of Athletes you will recognize. Avtar is a 24-year-old from Punjab who worked for the Punjab armed police force. In 2016, he bagged a gold at the South Asian Games in Guwahati. He was the first Judoka in 12 years to qualify for Olympics in 2014. His achievements in the sport has provided a much needed boost to other aspiring judokas in the country, and motivation for them to take up the sport competitively. He currently trains under Arjuna Awardee Judoku, Yashpal Solanki and has his eyes on the gold!

 

Dutee Chand

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Age: 21 years
Sport: Sprint
Achievements: National champion in women’s 100 meters sprint + qualifier at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Dutee Chand represented India in the 100 meters sprint in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She clocked 11.69 seconds to complete the 100-metre race while her personal best was 11.24 seconds. Previously, she was instrumental in a major change in the regulations of the International Olympics Committee, when she was dropped last minute from the 2014 Commonwealth games, for hyperandrogenism. After the Indian Government made an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports on her behalf, the regulation for hyperandrogenism was dropped in 2015, stating there was no direct connect between enhanced androgen levels and athletic performance. While the 2016 Olympics may not have been her best performance, she wasn’t disheartened by the results, but instead motivated to work harder. She now has her mind set on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

 

Sakshi Malik

Rio de Janeiro: India's Sakshi Malik poses with her bronze medal for the women's wrestling freestyle 58-kg competition during the medals ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday.   PTI Photo by Atul Yadav(PTI8_18_2016_000011B)

Age: 24 years
Sport: Freestyle wrestling
Achievements: Bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio + Silver medal list at the 2014 Commonwealth Games + Bronze medalist at the South Asian Games of 2015

At a very young age, her passion for wrestling took her from a small akhada in Rohtak straight to the Olympics. Indian freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik won our hearts when she brought India its first medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Her bronze victory in the 58 kg category was celebrated nationwide, as it made her the first Indian female wrestler, and the fourth Indian woman to have won at the Olympic games. Today she is supported by the JSW Excellence Program, and her efforts are only getting stronger, and training harder, for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, where she aspires to become a double Olympic medalist. Sakshi got her masters degree in physical education from the Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak. In September 2016, after her achievement at the Olympics, she was appointed as the university’s wrestling director.

 

OP Karhana

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Age: 30 years
Sport: Shot put
Achievements: Qualified at the 2012 London Olympics + 2014 Commonwealth Games

Om Prakash Singh Karhanan is a 6ft 7in tall Indian shot putter who held record at 20.69 meters which he achieved in May 2012 at Szombathely, Hungary and he qualified for and competed at the 2012 London Olympics. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he reached the final, finishing in 6th place. Karhana, who was originally a basketball player, was approached by the secretary of the Athletics Federation of India, and advised to try his hand at shot put. Clearly, that paid off well. His training at the Salwan Throws Academy is financially supported by the by Olympic Gold Quest, a nonprofit foundation to identify and support Indian athletes.

 

Suyash Jadhav

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Age: 23 years
Sport: Swimming
Achievements: Only Indian para swimmer to have achieved the ‘A’ qualifying mark for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio

Suyash Jadhav’s story is a particularly inspiring one. He started swimming at a very young age, but a terrible accident changed his life. He came into contact with a live wire which electrocuted both his hands, and they had to be amputated. Not giving up on his journey, he continued his training 2 years after the accident. He was hell bent on competing at the the 2014 Asian Games, 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 World Championship and the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Due to financial constraints, combined with the suspension of the Paralympic Committee of India, he had a setback. All said and done, he was the only Indian swimmer to achieve the ‘A’ qualification mark at the 2016 Paralympics, bringing immense glory to the Indian name. He is currently training extensively for the Asian Games World Championship and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with support from the GoSports Foundation.

 

Vinesh Phogat

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Age: 22 years
Sport: Wrestling
Achievements: Qualified for finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics + Gold medalist at 2014 Commonwealth Games + Bronze medalist at 2014 Asian Games

Even those who aren’t clued in to sports are well aware of the Phogat sisters because of the hit movie ‘Dangal’, which is based on their achievements in women’s wrestling. Hailing from the same family is Vinesh Phogat, who has already won several accolades in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. Due to an unfortunate knee injury during the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics, she had to back out of the competition for a knee surgery. In spite of the disheartening incident, she was thankful to all her supporters and well wishers, and promised them a gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, in a series of tweets she posted. We’re really looking forward to that!

 

Shiv Thapa

Boxer Shiva Thapa at a practice session, a day before leave for Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday for the World Boxing Championship, in New Delhi on Oct 10th 2013. Express photo by RAVI KANOJIA.

Age: 23 years
Sport: Boxing
Achievements: Ranked 3rd in the bantamweight category in the AIBA Men’s World Ranking, Gold medalist at the Asian Games

Born to a family with deeply involved in martial arts, Shiv Thapa is an Indian boxer from Guwahati, Assam, who decided to participate in the 2012 London Olympics, making him the youngest Indian boxer to ever qualify for the Olympics.  One of  his greatest inspirations which made him take up boxing professionally was the legend, Mike Tyson. Awed by Tyson, Thapa entered the vigorous regime of boxing following a schedule that required him to wake up at 3 am everyday, to balance his studies along with his training needs. India’s highest rated boxer in the AIBA ranking lists (6th) and World Championship Bronze medalist. His training is supported by Olympic Gold Quest and Anglian Medal Hunt Company.

 

PV Sindhu

Rio de Janeiro: India's badminton player P V Sindhu plays  against Laura Sarosi of Hungary during the Women's Single match at the Summer Olympic 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday. PV Sindhu won the match by 21-8, 21-9.  PTI Photo by Atul Yadav(PTI8_11_2016_000302B)

Age: 21 years
Sport: Badminton
Achievements: Silver medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics + Ranked world no. 3 by the Badminton World Federation

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, when India was faring quite poorly, with no wins to our name, PV Sindhu emerged to the rescue by qualifying for the finals in the women’s singles category. Her silver medal made her the youngest Indian to ever achieve a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympics. Sindhu’s main source for inspiration in the sport is now also her coach, Pulella Gopichand. Her gallant performance at the 2016 Olympics has given all India high hopes for a gold at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.

 

Dipa Karmarkar

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Age: 23 years
Sport: Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Achievements: Bronze medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

The last time an Indian participant qualified in gymnastics at the Olympic Games was way back in 1964. Dipa Karmakar who won the Bronze at 2014 Commonwealth Games, has become the first female Indian gymnast to have qualified for the honour with her amazing performance at the controversial Produnova vault. Dipa is the fifth woman in the history of gymnastics to land the Produnova vault, which is considered a death vault, and placed fourth in the Women’s Vault Gymnastics in the Rio Olympics. Though she missed a medal by a meagre 0.15 points, she won the hearts of all Indians, with the risk she took by attempting the Produnova vault. Dipa stated that she is not disappointed about missing the medal, but instead she learned a lot that she can apply while training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We look forward to her performance!

 

These athletes have the grit and determination, all they need is a little motivation from us. While there are public, private and non-profit organisations helping them, it’s not enough. They need US to back them. After all, the medal will be won for the whole country! Internationally many Olympians have raised money on crowdfunding sites to fill in the gaps left by government funding. We can empower Indian Olympians through crowdfunding too!

Start a fundraiser for any Olympian of your choice and motivate them towards victory!