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.

Aasra Trust – Sending Children to School with Dignity

It is not just about sending children to school, but sending them to school with dignity.

 

With this motto, Aasraa’s outreach program has successfully changed the lives of 327 children living and attending school in Dehradun’s slum areas. The Aasraa Trust was established as a social work trust focusing on education of underprivileged children in India. The children they work with, come from extremely impoverished backgrounds and are mostly rag pickers, beggars, addicts, runaways and orphans. Aasraa works towards empowering street and slum children through education, vocational training, nutrition, medical care, and providing shelter homes.

 

A lot of slum students were found to drop out of Aasra’s outreach program between the months of November to February in Dehradun. After some investigation, it was found that the little children were unable to stand the biting cold during those months. Since majority of these children came from low income families, their parents could not afford appropriate school uniform for the winter months, which was consequently affecting their learning and education program. Winters in Dehradun can be harsh, and the lack of winter school uniform did not help the situation.

 

The good people at Aasra were not about to let a slight weather condition meddle with the education of these children. In order for the children to continue going to school, without distressing their families, the trust decided to run a campaign on Impact Guru, and raise funds to provide each of them a set of winter uniform. The motive behind this campaign was to ensure that these students felt confident in going to school, and fit in with the rest of their peers. A set of winter uniform would include two full-sleeved shirts, two-worsted trousers/skirt, a sweater, a blazer, a cap, 2 pairs of socks, and 2 thermals.

 

Their target through the crowdfunding campaign via Impact Guru was to raise INR 2,00,000, but their story won the support of many, and the campaign achieved way beyond their target. Aasraa raised INR 4,20,407 within 36 days, as against their initial goal of INR 2,00,000.

 

So what was the secret behind their fundraiser’s success?

 

Use of audio-visuals

 

The team at Aasraa created a wonderful video explaining the plight of these children from financially weak homes, and the need for them to have adequate warm clothing for their health, as well as education.

 

Emotionally inviting campaign title

The title of the campaign –  ‘A sweater for Sonu’, itself, was enough to draw the attention of sympathizers, for it added a personal touch, giving us a glimpse into the lives of these amazing children.

 

Powerful narrative through their campaign story with honest goals

Their campaign story was a strong narrative about the problem and why it needed to be addressed. Moreover, it concluded with a proper break up of how the funds received through the crowdfunding campaign would be utilized. Their clear and honest goals instilled faith in the donors that their contributions would surely be put to good use.

 

Photographs of the children in school

Through their pictures of the outreach program, the donors were able to put a face to the children whose lives they would positively be impacting.

 

Proactive social media promotions

Additionally, Aasraa, along with our team at Impact Guru, were actively promoting their campaign in different circles, with the help of email marketing, and social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Google+, and LinkedIn.

 

It surely did not take magic to put a smile on these children’s faces. All it took was careful planning and stellar execution by Aasraa and Impact Guru’s team. So what are you waiting for? Make sure that you tick mark all the above-mentioned points for your own fundraisers and make them stand out while making them successful.

 

Also, Impact Guru has recently entered into an exclusive partnership with Global Giving, which allows international donors in UK and USA to contribute towards campaigns on their platform. The reason being that the pattern of foreign donations in India has highlighted child welfare, education, rural development, and public health, as the categories with the most amount of foreign funding. This is a great opportunity for your NGO to raise money from donors in India as well as abroad!

 

Hurry! Make your fundraiser LIVE on Impact Guru today!

5 problems faced by stray animals in India

The stray population in India haven’t had it very easy off late. Last year alone, the news highlighted disturbing incidents where dogs were burned alive and flung off building terraces, among others. Cruelty towards the stray population in India, is only increasing with each passing day. But it isn’t just the inhumane acts of cruelty by a few that is the problem. A much greater problem lies in the turning away of the rest of us who won’t speak out on their behalf – not just with regards to animal cruelty, but the helpless living conditions of the stray animals and birds in nooks and corners of our country. The good work of animal activists and enthusiasts is not enough to look after the entire stray population. We all need to actively participate in overcoming certain problems faced by animals, for they are an important part of our community.

 

Human recklessness and animal cruelty

Animal cruelty is one of the biggest problems faced by the Indian stray population. The number of animal cruelty incidents brought to the limelight last year, especially in case of stray dogs, speaks volumes of the indifference in our attitudes towards the urban stray. The humble actions of a few animal rights groups won’t save animals. There needs to be a shift in the mindset of people, where we are all inclusive and welcoming of the stray population, and look out for them as part of our community, rather than a menace.

 

Buying over adopting

Everyone loves the idea of having a little pet in the house. Many of us believe ourselves to be animal lovers too. Yet, the number of homes that buy pets from breeders rather than adopt from the streets, is much higher, and that is a major threat to animals. When you adopt, you not only spend a lot less money, but you also save a life. So adopt, don’t buy!

 

Scavenge for food

Occasionally you’ll see a passer by who stops to drop a few biscuits for a stray dog, but that’s about the effort we take to save animals. They have to helplessly search through garbage bins for food remains that will feed them for days. We complain about strays spreading diseases, but we need to understand that we too, are part of the problem faced by strays. We leave our garbage unattended, and ignore the helpless hungry creatures. A solution to this is a simple feeding program for a few dogs in your area. Even if conducted only once a week, it will save animals.

 

No shelter for the stray

The only home for the urban stray animals is the shade of a tree, and the bottom of a car. Situations are worsened by the season changes through the year. In the monsoons, they are drenched, and often tend to catch diseases, and in the summer, the sun rays burn their skin. There are several animal shelters in India, but there are still so many animals looking for shelter. If you cannot provide a shelter for them yourself, you can always lead them to an animal shelter where they will be well taken care of.

 

Death due to dehydration

The summer temperatures in India are a major threat to animals. This summer, several animal enthusiasts are participating in the #PledgeABowl initiative, wherein they put out bowls of water for the stray animals and birds, so that they can get by in these burning summer months. The aim for the #PledgeABowl campaign is to reduce the number of deaths due to dehydration between March and June.

 

You too, can be a part of this mission to provide water to stray animals and birds. If funds are the only thing stopping you from taking up this initiative, we urge you to raise money for it by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru. All you have to do is tell the world about this issue you are trying to resolve, and ask them to donate towards your campaign, and share it on social media. It is a great way to make a difference to the lives of our furry friends who can’t speak for themselves.

 

So #PledgeABowl today!