GiveIndia's Tax Savings Challenge is drawing to a close in 12 hours at midnight IST on March 24, 2010. So far, 25 NGOs have collectively raised more than Rs25lac in a race to win matching funds provided by GiveIndia.
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 10:41 AM
Category: Celebrity Giving
In times like these where there is so much angst against bankers for having pushed the world into its worst depression since the 1930s, a headline such as this one is bound to attract suspicion of ulterior motives rather than any feeling of goodwill. In fact there have already been murmurs of how this is a tax-saving move (albeit very wrongly) rather than any altruistic gesture.
But before we go down the path of motives, let us understand the facts – The Sunday Times reported last month (full story) that Michael Geoghegan, the chief executive of HSBC decided to donate his bonus of £4m to a number of children’s charities. He was rumoured to become the best-paid bank boss after a strong performance by HSBC which will see it report annual profits of £10 billion.
Unlike many other bank bosses who have foregone bonuses or are taking a pittance of a paycheck,
- Stephen Green, the HSBC chairman, asked to stop being awarded bonus payments last year. Green, who wrote a book last year on the morality and ethics of banking, has been one of the most vocal critics of pay practices in the industry
- Stephen Hester, chief executive at Royal Bank of Scotland has given up a £1.6m bonus
- Eric Daniels, chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group has given up £2.25m bonus
- Vikram Pandit, chief executive of Citibank has vowed to takes $1 as salary per annum till the bank recovers
For whatever the reason, whether to appease public resentment over high pay or bow to shareholder demands, we believe that Michael Geoghegan has shown the path for other high networth individuals. Rather than give up the bonus, he has channeled it for a useful social benefit.
The rest of the HSBC executive team is expected to share a bonus pool of up to £15m. Douglas Flint, the finance director is thought to be due for a payout of about £2.5m. Stuart Gulliver, the head of HSBC’s investment banking arm, is estimated to be in line for a bonus worth more than £3m. A handful of other top HSBC bankers below board level are expected to get multi-million pound windfalls. We wish all of them along with Mr. Hester and Mr. Daniels would follow Mr. Geoghegan’s example. Might help them to garner a few brownie points as well and provide their profession some much needed respectability.
We would love to hear on whether you think Mr. Geoghegan did the right thing and for the right reasons. Do you think he did it because he expected his salary to rise (which was subsequently denied by the shareholders) or to protect his job and respectability or was it a simple charitable gesture?
Do you think other high networth individuals should do the same and accept their bonus and channel it towards charity or give up their bonus itself? Do you think that they are giving enough or do you believe they need to give back more to society? Do you know of any more stories which you would like to share with us?
Our recent disbursement to out partner NGOs on March 10, saw a total of just over Rs70lac being given out. This money reached 192 NGOs, with 13 NGOs receiving more than Rs1lac and 77 NGOs received between Rs25,000 and Rs1lac.
Association for Rural Development and Action Research (ARDAR)
Catalysts For Social Action
Child Aid Foundation
Wayanad Girijana Seva Trust
National Association for the Blind, India
Dr. Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital
Sharda Ramkrishna (Sishu O Mahila) Sevashram
Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 1:05 PM
Category: Giving Events
Another exciting facet to the India Tax Savings Challenge is our blog contest. You can participate by writing a blog entry related to:
- Philanthrophy/Giving in India
- Donating and Taxes (eg: Do you believe that tax-savings help donations in India? If no, what tax reforms do we need to encourage more donations? If yes, what efforts could NGOs make to increase donations)
- Giving and Saving/Getting
It could be a story or an anecdote or a personal reflection or a policy recommendation or a public call to action. The intent is to make an impact on the reader. And then, set up an online fundraising page on GiveIndia and reach out to your networks to raise funds for your favorite charity.
( a) The best blog post on the topic
(b) The blog to drive the most traffic to the GiveIndia site
(c) The blogger who raises the most funds through their iGive page on GiveIndia by reaching out to his/her network.
So blog away and let all your fellow bloggers know about this cool way to make a difference.
Posted on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 3:45 PM
Category: Celebrity Giving
Posted on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:09 PM
Category: Joy of Giving Week
That's right, Sachin was able to hold on and reach 200 runs in a one day match - an amazing achievement. And in honour of this, we decided to send 200 children chosen by his favorite charity Apnalaya, to a camp this summer vacation.
Posted on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 3:31 PM
March 31, 2010 marks the end of the financial year as well as the last day on which you can file your tax return. Everyone of us is looking to save on our taxes. GiveIndia lets you save money while changing a life.