How often do you reward yourself for the hard work that you put in everyday ? Very frequently I suppose. Your hard-earned money must be spent on expensive apparel, high-end gadgets, fine-dining and what not. These things make you feel good about yourself and you have all the rights to enjoy your life. After all, it is your hard-earned money. But just think if you can make donations to reward someone else, wouldn’t it be so much more satisfying ?
Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving”. If you donate for a cause, it not only impacts the life of other’s in a positive way, you will feel a great joy within yourself as well. When you spread kindness, it comes back to you. A research suggests that donating for a cause will improve your emotional and spiritual well-being. Every month you will have your own set of expenses. Insurance, loan, mortgage, credit card bills and what not. You take care of your expenses on priority. In a similar way if you just keep a small percentage of your salary to make donations, it wouldn’t be so much challenging, right ? If you cannot spare a small amount every month, you can make donations once in a year as well. Think about all the positive impact that your small donation can have on the lives of the underprivileged.
How to make donations in India ?
So if you have decided to make donations for a good cause, you second question will be how ? There are a lot of NGOs (Non Government Organizations) and non-profit organizations in India that accept donations for various social causes. Donations can be in various forms, not necessarily monetary. You can donate clothes, food, books to make other’s life better. We checked out a few non-profit organizations that let you make donations in India. Please note that we have not done any exclusive research on these organizations and are listing them based on the popularity and feedbacks from a few individuals who have been associated with them. However, we did check out the good work that these organizations have been doing. You are always welcome to pick any of these organizations to make donations at your own discretion. Also, if you would like us to include an organization that you have personally been associated with, do let us know in the comment section below and we will try to add it as well.
1) Akshaya Patra
If you have heard about the mid-day meal scheme, you would have come across the name of Akshaya Patra. Akshaya Patra is a non-profit organization which fights for the issues like hunger and malnutrition in India. Together with the government of India, Akshaya Patra started the mid-day meal scheme for all the government-run schools in India. This scheme has been a big success in India and there has been a substantial increase in the enrollment of students in the government schools after the mid-day meal program was introduced. You can get involved in a number social activities or make donations for the well-being of children. If you donate just 750 INR, it is enough to feed a child for a year. Do visit their website more details.
2) Give India
Give India has been working since 1999 for various causes that range from child education and welfare, poverty, disability to women empowerment. This is a platform to make donations that goes to the 200+ NGOs that are involved in various causes. The NGOs are chosen based on their work and credibility. Whatever donations that you make from Give India can be tracked. So, you will come to know that your money was part of which particular cause. Also, they provide you a proof through a feedback report. You can also view the list of certified NGOs that are involved in social welfare. You can make donations from as little as 250 INR and can choose the cause for which you would like to donate for.
3) CRY (Child Rights and You)
CRY is an Indian non-profit organization that was founded in 1979. CRY focuses on the basic rights of the children – survival, development, protection and participation. CRY is associated with thousands of NGOs that work together for child welfare. You can make donations on the website for as little as 100 INR. CRY has been in the foray for a long time now and is really doing an amazing work for the underprivileged children. You can check out the website for more details on their welfare activities and participate in a few of them.
4) Plan India
Plan India is a non-profit organization that has been involved in the welfare of children since the past 30 years. They are nationally registered and are involved in helping out underprivileged children with proper education, good health care, protection and providing them with an environment filled with opportunities. Plan India currently works in 13 Indian states and has affected the lives of over a million children in a positive way. They also have a social presence so you can keep yourself updated on their activities through social media.
5) HelpAge India
You will probably be very much familiar with this name. HelpAge India has been touching the lives of nearly 1.25 million needy elders. I still remember the school days when we used to go to each house in the neighbourhood asking for people to make donations for HelpAge India. The excitement at that time was probably because of the HelpAge India badge or the cricketer’s autograph card that we received as a token of appreciation for the amount that we used to collect. Now we know that our small donation makes such a big impact in the life of so many needy elders. To create “A society where the elderly have the right to an active, healthy and dignified life”, is the vision of HelpAge India.
These are the 5 non-profit organizations where you can make donations in India and help improve a lot of lives. Also, as requested earlier do let us know if you are associated with any other NGOs or non-profit organizations so that we can mention them as well. Also, not to forget that you can always claim income tax exemptions under Indian tax clause 80G when you make donations.
To conclude with the words of Ab Lincoln, “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own”.