To celebrate the spirit of giving, platform fees have been waived
GIVEINDIA has turned 20 in 2020 – a significant milestone we have barely been able to acknowledge since the pandemic and the hardship it has caused has been the centre of all attention, including ours.
As a quick and immediate response to the emergency, we launched our Covid missions on March 20th and waived all platform fees so every rupee fundraised could be used for relief work by our trusted NGO partners on the ground. We even absorbed all external payment processing charges.
Now, six months down the line, as coronavirus continues to wreak havoc, there are other more endemic emergencies exacerbated by the pandemic that we have to continue to raise funds for and solve – of widespread hunger, growing homelessness, extreme poverty and other social ills.
So we have decided to extend 0% platform fees for all fund raising, not just Covid-related causes – and make GiveIndia Fundraisers free beginning October 2, 2020.
Besides being the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, October 2 also marks the beginning of DaanUtsav, India’s week-long festival of giving and an auspicious day for a new beginning for GiveIndia in its 20th year. As a nonprofit donation platform that is committed to growing the act of giving, we hope this will encourage every capable citizen to participate and contribute to alleviate India’s myriad social problems..
Making fundraising free also aligns with the 0% fees practice followed by two platforms that merged with GiveIndia – LetzChange, which currently powers GiveIndia’s crowdfunding operations under GiveIndia Fundraisers, and Small Change, another nonprofit donation platform which fundraised solely for NGOs.
Last but not least, 2020 has been a significant year in the life of GiveIndia for another reason: in the first six months of the financial year 2020-21 we have grown 9 times as compared to the same period last year. And this has only been made possible because of your consistent generosity during the gravest crisis our nation has faced since 1947. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We hope GiveIndia Fundraisers 0% platform fees will further encourage you to give and start fundraisers of your own – whether it is to address inequities, heal suffering or support a cause meaningful to you.
The author, E R Ashok Kumar, is the President of GiveIndia.
Established in 2000, GiveIndia is India’s most trusted giving platform for donors. Our community of 1.5M+ donors and 150+ corporate partners have supported 1,500+ nonprofits, impacting 8M+ lives across India.