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!

 

These Father-Children Fundraisers will Melt Your Heart on Father’s Day #ImpactFathers

While helping thousands of individuals raise money for their loved ones, we’ve come across so many campaigns that have left us speechless with their show of love. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d share some special stories with you where fathers have stepped up to save their children and where children have reciprocated by helping their father’s out!

Here are some stories of Father-Children love that will make you go awww!

 

The father who risked his life for his daughter

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Fathers always put their children’s needs before theirs, but Harish actually put his daughter’s life before his own!

Harish Rohra was was diagnosed with kidney failure and was advised to undergo a transplant as soon as possible. But, Harish, who came from humble means couldn’t fund his treatment. “The medical bills piled up and my health stopped me from going to work” says Harish. However, his family and he worked together to save for his transplant but as soon as there were enough funds, another tragedy struck. His 5-year-old-daughter Parvati was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Alagille Syndrome and needed a new liver to survive. Harish had to choose between his transplant and his daughter’s and a father’s heart choose Parvati’s treatment over his own.

The treatment was successful and Parvati’s life was out of danger. However, Harish still needed a new kidney. Harish’s kindness and care was returned to him by the online community that helped him raise more than 8 lacs in just 60 days for his treatment on Impact Guru!

You can read Harish’s full story here.

 

A critical road accident left Swati’s father fighting for his life

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When a father is in need, the daughter steps up to become his caretaker!

Father-daughter relationships are often the most adored one. So, was the case with Swati and her father. Swati’s father met with a critical road accident that left him fighting for his life in the ICU for over 15 days. Swati stepped up to pay the initial costs but couldn’t keep up with the bills. Thus, unfortunately the hospital had to discontinue his treatment. The hospital informed her that in order for her father’s treatment to continue, she had to pay Rs. 9 Lakhs more.

It was a tough time for Swati but she didn’t lose hope. She started a fundraiser to ask help from her family and friends and raised 2 lakhs in a month! Swati’s determination is keeping her father alive. She is still raising funds on Impact Guru for his treatment and needs help. You can contribute to help her here.

 

This father who is fighting for his son

nihaalA father cannot bear to see his child in pain, Ramakrishna is fighting against time for his 2-year-old son!

Ramakrishna has been given only 3 months to save his 2-year-old son’s life. Nihaal suffers from PFIC (Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis), a liver disorder from birth because of which he suffers intense itching. He keeps scratching his body rigorously day and night which often results in bleeding. He has difficulty eating and sleeping. Ramakrishna could not see his son cry of pain continuously. He tried all kinds of treatment possible and spent 3 lacs on medical bills. A labourer who earns daily wages that comes up to only Rs. 60,000/ year, Ramakrishna had to pick up loans to help his son.

Yet, nothing changed. Nihaal is still in pain and the doctors have  said that a liver transplant would be the only way to save his life. However, the operation cost was 22 lacs! Ramkrishna, who is already in debt, didn’t know what to do and where else to go.

When the hospital informed him about Impact Guru and the possibility to get raise funds and get his son the correct treatment, Ramkrishna saw a ray of hope. Since then, he has been raising funds and has been working hard to spread the message and get more people to contribute for his beloved son’s health fund.

He is still fighting for his son’s life but Nihaal has very little time left. You can help him here!

 

The daughter who spent all her savings on her dad’s treatment

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A daughter’s love for her father brought in support from across the internet!

Watching her father in the hospital was tough for Jayeeta, like it would have been for any other daughter. When her father needed a cardiothoracic surgery, she unflinchingly spent Rs. 17,00,000 of her hard-earned savings to ensure that he would be back in good health.

Unfortunately, he was again admitted back in the hospital, this time because of blood clots in his pulmonary cord and lungs. Having spent all her savings on her father’s previous treatment, Jayeeta had no other way of raising Rs. 5 Lacs that she now required. With the help of Impact Guru and support from friends, family, and well wishers, she started a campaign and raised some amount that helped her towards the expenses..

 

A father’s struggle to keep his daughter alive

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Only a father can fight fate to save his daughter

Dilip had just began to enjoy fatherhood when his 16-month old baby’s health deteriorated drastically. Akshitha had  a rough start. She was born with jaundice from which she soon recovered, however, it affected her liver making it weak. She soon developed another liver disease and this time the doctor’s warned that only a transplant could save her.

Dilip was ready to do anything to save his daughter but the surgery would cost 35 lacs! However. he was not about to lose his daughter. His valiant efforts and will to save his daughter showed in his determination to spread his fundraiser and raise more than 13 lacs in 9 days!

Akshitha’s transplant operation was undertaken. Unfortunately, as fate would have it Akshitha’s body didn’t accept the organ and she passed away. However, Dilip’s brave fight for his daughter’s life will always be remembered.

 

Thank your Father and Help Another’s Father on Father’s Day!

Not all heroes wear capes.

This father’s day, let us all recognize and reward our father for everything they have done for us. But as you cherish your relationship with your father, do also give a thought to all the above fathers and daughter’s fighting to keep their loved one alive.

 

Here’s what you can do to help our #ImpactFathers

 

Donate on Behalf of your Father: Gift your father good wishes by making a donation to help another father on his behalf.

Start a fundraiser in support: You can start a support fundraiser to get your friends and family to donate and raise funds for the above fathers.

Share these stories: Share these stories with your family and friends to get help for these fathers.

Start a Fundraiser: If your father is going through a problem, help him out by starting a fundraiser and easing his burden, like he has always done for you!.

 

We believe that all fathers in a way are #ImpactFathers, which is why we would like to wish all Dads an #ImpactFather’sDay!

 

Celebrate Father’s Day with Love and Kindness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Crucial Investment Ideas For Nonprofits To Succeed

Running a non-profit is challenging. In order to do the most good, NGOs today have to function like any other venture, building a team, having a strategy and working with targets. It is almost like running a business albeit a lot more rewarding. Therefore, every social entrepreneur or a nonprofit founder requires the essential business skills to operate effectively, and efficiently.

Doing social good has moved away from the naive idea of raising funds through events or charity dinners once a year. It is now a 24×7 job where volunteers and workers, work constantly to engage the community, spread awareness and effect change. Like other businesses, NGOs must invest in key areas to ensure smooth functionality and a greater impact.

So, how do you make sure your limited funds are invested in the correct areas?

Here’s a list that can help you out:

 

1) Having the Correct Business Plan is the Key to Growth

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Your passion for the cause should not take over the practicalities involved in running a successful NGO. It is imperative to have a business plan that highlights your long-term as well as short-terms goals. Set achievable and realistic goals. The business plan should also cover how you plan to achieve these goals with the resources you already have. Every few months you can look back to your business plan and see how far you’ve come, the progress you’ve made and the areas you need to dedicate more time to.

 

 

2) Legal and Financial Areas Cannot Be Avoided

The most critical activity of an NPO is to raise funds and the law has several rules governing how an NGO manages funds. You will need a legal aid to understand the legal framework of running a charity. Financial managers are responsible to set budgets, conduct audits as well as go over the accounting procedures and policies of a nonprofit to ensure all rules are being adhered to and the funds are well-utilized and managed.

 

3) The Right Team Will Take You Places

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NGOs usually don’t have enough funds to recruit a huge team so one has to recruit smartly. Make sure your team shares the love for your cause equally and genuinely care about making a change. Though recruiting volunteers is a good way to get things done, having a permanent team is crucial to not let operations stop at any time.The perfect team of personnel to run your nonprofit should include leaders/board members, admin staff, communications executives, legal and financial managers, and full time/part time employees or volunteers.

 

4) Don’t Talk a Lot, But Always Keep in Touch

In the Digital age, communication has taken up a new space altogether. How and how often you communicate to your community ensures a large part of your success as an organisation.

Especially with NPOs looking to raise funds, communications aimed at persuading donors can be very tricky at times. Each cause will have a different target audience. Once you find the right one for you, you must analyse their interests, their history with philanthropy, donating patterns, and plan your activities accordingly. Get journalists involved, interact through social media, do on-ground events, send out emailers and updates to donors and always keep in touch with your community. Remember, content is king.

5) Your Community Won’t Fail You

NGOs thrive due to their global/local supporters and volunteers. When all fails, the community is often the one that comes to your instant rescue. The community is built of people/groups that already care about your cause and have already contributed to furthering it. As a nonprofit, you need to ensure that you respect your supporters and keep them engaged. You can do this by sending a personalized thank you message or token of appreciation, shoutouts on social media, invites to events, merchandize, on-field tours etc. Such acts of gratitude are necessary to maintain long-term relationships for the future benefit of your nonprofit.

6) Take Your Cause to the Crowd

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A great way to expand your donor base is to get your cause out to the crowd, to a community of caregivers who would be interested in knowing you and supporting you. In the age of the internet, spreading the word isn’t tough. Try online fundraising by partnering with a crowdfunding platform which could not only help you deal with any spontaneous costs or big projects, but will also help you get more donors.

 

 

If you have these aspects ticked off your checklist, you are all ready to spread the joy! So get started now!