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Technology product donations,
training, and nonprofit data are all part of TechSoup
Global's offering to civil society in India. Our BigTech program is run by our local partner, the NASSCOM Foundation in India. And
the GuideStar India program was launched
by our partner, Civil Society Information Systems (CSIS) India, through our
GuideStar International program.
Nonprofits throughout India are now benefiting by
getting high visibility and access to information and technology for their work.
According to the Indian Central Statistical Office, there
million NGOs in India. While the estimated number of operational NGOs is
about one-third of that, there is little transparency on their activity.
India is increasing the visibility of the nonprofit sector to multiple stakeholders
by providing reliable information on more than 2,500 NGOs. It is also
encouraging nonprofits to become better at reporting on their activities. GuideStar
India is connecting the nonprofits on their site with those who need their help or
want to lend support.
For example, the Surf
Excel India's Back to School Campaign reached out to needy children who go
to learning centers and schools run by NGOs. Their Facebook
campaign page engaged more than 800,000 fans during the campaign and sensitized them
to the needs of poor children.
Their posts on Facebook also highlighted how
fans could easily make a difference. The campaign gave exposure to 168 NGOs and raised 125,000 rupees in addition to in-kind donations.
GuideStar India put the Surf Excel team
in touch with Child Survival India to provide essential teaching and reading materials to
schoolchildren. The materials were donated by another school run by one of their Facebook fans.
in India are realizing that putting up their data voluntarily on GuideStar
India can bring them resources and capacity-building opportunities. And donors
and institutions looking for nonprofits find it convenient and efficient to access nonprofit information and connections through GuideStar India.
According to Fatima Lawrence, president
Ashwini Mahila Sangha, a nonprofit featured on GuideStar India, "Opportunity
knocks at your door only once, but GuideStar India knocks at your door again
and again until you grab the opportunity!"
GuideStar India is also helping NGOs take advantage of the BigTech program
and NASSCOM Foundation’s supportive technology activities.
Usha Pillai, chairperson
of the IDEA Foundation, said, "Soon after being a part of GuideStar India, we got to attend an IT workshop
conducted by NASSCOM Foundation. Our presence on the GuideStar India and a
social networking site has helped us to get an industry donor looking for a
small NGO. It is a phenomenal long-term value from GuideStar India to a small
NGO like ours within a few months."
Technology donations have also
transformed nonprofit operations. The Hunger Project India helps those affected by hunger and victimized by social
suppression in six Indian states. To help sustain their activities, they rely
on accurate data monitoring and reporting.
However, data processing and
collaboration were difficult because they used non-licensed and outdated
software. Absence of effective antivirus applications slowed their computers, and there was limited uniformity and standardization in their
The Hunger Project India registered for and received a BigTech donation of
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade, Office Professional Plus 2010, and
QuickHeal antivirus software.
Today, they use Microsoft Access for their data
evaluation and database management. Microsoft Excel helps in preparation of
their financial reports and accounting. Moreover, Quick Heal antivirus eliminated the
viruses and resulted in a faster and more efficient functioning of the
Bharani Sundarajan, program officer at The Hunger Project,
said, "Participating in the BigTech program has had a positive outcome as it
helped us maintain uniform and streamlined operations, along with being a time
and energy saver. We are thrilled to be associated with it."
Through its partners in India, TechSoup
Global's support to Indian NGOs is helping them to use and benefit from
technology. Data on Indian nonprofits is also proving invaluable for visibility,
transparency, and effectiveness of the sector.
This post was authored by Keisha Taylor, communications manager for TechSoup Global's GuideStar International program.
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