5 Reasons why your nonprofit should collaborate with a Startup

Startups and for-profit organizations have recognized for long the value of collaboration and teamwork. Strategic alliances have benefits that go way beyond their monetary value. These include strategic communications, larger audiences, credibility, and brand image. That is just one aspect. Startups and young entrepreneurs today are driven by their age and their knowledge of the millennial generation, i.e the influencers. Their enthusiasm and awareness can greatly benefit any nonprofit initiative, and further a good cause.

So here are 5 reasons why collaboration with a startup might just give your nonprofit that extra edge in doing things better.

  1. Entrepreneurs are potential donors




Startups are a solid partnership for a nonprofit because of the funds available to them. There is a whole market of people out there who can dedicate time and energy in analyzing startup strategies, and invest heavy amounts in them if the idea sounds brilliant. That said, entrepreneurs make for great potential donors for your NPO. There are funds available for branding activities such as advertising, public relations, social media, and other platforms for communication. Such resources can be shared by teaming up with them. Thus Non-profit collaboration with start-ups is a win -win deal for both of them.

2. New innovative ideas

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Startups bring fresh ideas to the table. Since a majority of the startups in our country are youth based, the ideas that are generated come from the influences of the larger population. Besides that, entrepreneurs are people who embrace risks fearlessly and such an approach can always prove beneficial in inspiring your team to become go-getters without limits. So if you’re a non-profit, desiring that ground-breaking impact, then collaboration with a start-up is a must!!


 3. Loyal user/customer base


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It is well known that most startups have an initial network of friends and family that constitute a really loyal support base to bank upon. A nonprofit, therefore,  can always collaborate with a start-up, to leverage that network and convert it into a stable donor base, using effective and targeted communication. Most startups today take advantage of a community that is narrowing down every day due to social media. This means that entrepreneurs embrace collaborations with other startups, in order to maximize profits, as well as increase customers. For instance, there are large Facebook groups dedicated to communicating the innovations of startups. So collaboration with a startup gives a non-profit, exclusive access to a community that is driving path breaking change, across economy and society.


4. A chance to grow with them

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While a startup may be small in the beginning, everyone aims to expand their business. They usually chalk out detailed growth plans that can take their organization from a regional, to national, to international standards. When you are in the shadow of a company with aggressive expansion plans, you have a great opportunity to grow with them! This is why non-profit collaboration with start-ups could be the way to fast-forwarding social change and progress.


5.  Credibility



Collaboration between nonprofits and start-ups is a symbiotic relationship that benefits both. While start-ups enhance their overall goodwill by firmly implanting their CSR imprint on firmer shores, nonprofits gain a lot by embracing their overall dynamism and leveraging their fast-expanding social and geographical reach. By attaching itself with a credible start-up, a non-profit can always gain that extra boost of corporate legitimacy- thus becoming more attractive to large donors.

For a non-profit collaboration with a start-up may seem as a risky proposition in the beginning, as they do not have an established name in the market. However, one cannot ignore the fact that these young startups with fresh ideas are the most driven, and have a better understanding of the youth’s relationship with philanthropy.


So don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Strike a partnership today.

5 reasons why no NGO can afford to miss Impact Guru’s Tax Saving Challenge 2017


All of us would agree to the fact that giving should preferably be selfless, but it is always a bonus to have an incentive attached with it. And in this season of tax file ups, what better incentive than a tax exemption in lieu of every good and meaningful deed done!

Attention! Exemptions upto 100% under section 80 (G).

Impact Guru- India’s largest crowdfunding platform – has launched a 3-month bumper tax-saving challenge to give nonprofits that are fundraising for a cause, an absolutely priceless opportunity to tap into as many donors as possible.

And here are 5 reasons why you can’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity-  

 1. Be recognized for your efforts


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Recognition is always important for an organization that is working hard to serve the society. But only an organization which tends to all the legal terms and conditions can take advantage of tax benefits and exemptions under Section 80 (G) – which means donors will have to responsibly choose the cause and the NGO they wish to donate to. Come onboard with us – and become an instant hit with a large base of donors across the nation when crowdfunding.


2. Leverage existing social media outreach:


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Participate in our tax-saving challenge and reach out to maximum no. of potential donors by leveraging our already existing pan-national social media reach on all leading mediums from Facebook to Linkedin. So, it’s time to use this to your advantage while fundraising for a cause.


  1. Win rewards while doing ‘good’


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The format of our challenge with attractive rewards weaved in, gives you, as a non-profit that perfect ‘boost’ to work harder and put in that ‘extra’ effort to go out and put your endeavor in the ‘public’ spotlight. Isn’t it the best way to motivate your hard-working team?

4. Create that stable source of funds:




Once you come on board with us through the Impact Guru’s NGO tax saving challenge, with our guidance you will have access to the best tips and tools that can help you promote your initiative and reach out to potential donors. This exercise will not only help you in understanding the thought process of your donors while crowdfunding for your nonprofit but, also give you a chance to transform them into your loyal donors.


 5. A loyal friend by your side:


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This tax-saving challenge also gives you the golden chance to gain an unbiased ally and partner in the form of Impact Guru – a crowdfunding partner who can be your best friend, guide and a pillar of strength to always fall back upon for advice and support that really works.


So what are you waiting for?


Join our challenge today at https://ngotaxchallenge.impactguru.com/ and become a part of something truly unique and historic.



5 Adventure Ideas That Also Help You Do Good

What can make going on a good adventure trip feel even better? When it helps bring a smile on the faces of orphaned children, or help conserve a habitat or power a village or support education for the underprivileged. With the advent of Voluntourism, travellers and adventure junkies have gone a step further to turn their adventure of a lifetime into an adventure that can transform lives as well. Organisations are getting creative with both travel and contributing to a cause. Here are some ideas to make your vacation fun and fruitful.

1) Relief Riders International

Join a camel caravan through the infinite desert of Rajasthan, experiencing both culture and adventure. The journey begins from a 600 year old fort in Harasar and finishes at the one of the oldest villages in Rajasthan, Pushkar. The finish brings you at the right time for the legendary Pushkar Camel Fair, where you can participate in races and a number of other equestrian events. This 15-day adventure takes you through several villages on rural Rajasthan where the relief riders volunteer for various healthcare, education and social welfare activities. Their next trip will in November.

2) Global Adventure Challenges: The Dalai Lama Trek

Beginning in Dalai Lama’s hometown, Dharamshala, the trek is a magnificent 5-day sojourn at the base of the mighty Himalayas, giving you a scenic and a cultural experience. It takes you through the Kingdom of Gaddi and the spectacular highlands and passes of Daula Dhar mountain range, introducing you to Hindu and Buddhist villages on the way. Their charity challenges have helped raise around £15 million. You can choose a charity of your choice to donate to.

3) Mera Terah Run

This rail-road-raise run kind of an adventure started by a young Bengaluru professional has created a huge impact at the grass root level, supporting youth development to conserving forest lands. The run is an endurance project which includes running half-marathon (13 miles) for 13 days in different cities to raise funds for charity. In addition to raising funds through the marathons, it also uses crowdfunding websites to add to the contributions. Here are a few successful crowdfunding campaigns by the organisation.



4) The Adventurists: Rickshaw Run

Defined as the “least sensible thing to do” the Rickshaw Run is a life-changing, tuk-tuk-tumbling, knee-scratching, hell of a journey along the rough, unapologetic terrains of India. Riding around 3500 km by own self, excluding all luxury, in teams of three to four, this is easily the craziest adventure you will ever embark upon. Plus, each team raises fund for a particular cause along the way! Just like team Kohinoor Khiladis who are raising funds for 50 orphan children of SOS Children’s Village Shillong. They are using adventure and crowd funding to help support the education and welfare of these children for a year. You can contribute to their cause here.

5) Huma Charity Challenge

With different challenge types, adventure types and adventure destinations, this is your one-stop shop for doing some good adventure and doing some good. You can trek, run, hike, climb or cycle around the most beautiful terrains around the world. The organisation offers various options. It lets you pick your charity/cause by yourself for the adventure you take or opt for a charity challenge where a group of people supporting the same charity undertake a challenge (something absolutely crazy like trekking the Everest or walking through sections of the Grand Canyon etc.)  You can get more details and register here.

Are you ready for the challenge?