It was 20 years ago today that India got its first online donation platform.
TWENTY years of existence is an important milestone in the life of any organisation – so yes, we had started planning how to mark it, celebrate it and thank all our loyal supporters.
But all of that took a backseat around mid-March when the looming crisis of Coronavirus started becoming clear. More than anything we realised that as a fundraising organisation, whose vision is to alleviate poverty, the way we responded to this health and economic emergency could become our defining moment.
Everyone in the organisation, working from home in different cities, has pulled out all stops in the last six weeks to raise funds and make them available for our network of NGOs engaged in COVID-19 relief work on the ground. GiveIndia has brought together 3 lakh individuals, 50 corporates and philanthropists to raise over ₹75 crores, and counting.
This is what gives us cause to celebrate. Not so much our milestone anniversary, but the spirit of giving and compassion we have seen in abundance in the last two decades in India – and the last six weeks have been no exception.
As CEO Atul Satija says: “I feel very fortunate to be part of GiveIndia right now – I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else – and grateful to the team working under pressure in difficult circumstances. But more than anything, I am humbled to see people coming out in such large numbers to support us and many other NGOs and volunteers, demonstrating a high spirit of giving. And this is what I’d like to toast on our 20th birthday.”
Fun facts about GiveIndia’s origin
Excerpt from Founder 1.0 Venkat N Krishnan’s concept note, 1999: “What I would like to do is to set up an organisation whose basic job is to “professionalise giving”, ensuring that recipient organisations are transparent in their reporting, keep records and document evidence, and make these available to givers (donors) regularly. Donors should have the satisfaction of knowing that their money was WELL UTILISED.”
Why Venkat chose the prefix Give: “I felt “GIVE” was a very good name because it describes the basic idea in one word…NGOs are also called VOLUNTARY organisations, and GIVE works out as a nice acronym for GIVING IMPETUS to VOLUNTARY EFFORTS.”
To donate for Covid relief work
Every little bit helps. You can donate to GiveIndia’s Facebook Fundraiser here or to any one of our missions on our website, here.