Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Why it is high time to start fundraising?


There were two recent developments that left me even more convinced that each non-profit in the sub-continent needs to start its own fundraising.

The first one was a news article in Sunday Times of India (Nov. 9, 2008). It mentioned that The Global Fund (http://www.theglobalfund.org/EN/), a public-private partnership that finances programmes to prevent and treat diseases in developing countries, has not approved 100 millions euros worth of proposals by Indian government to fight TB, HIV/AIDS etc. Much of these funds would have found way into several implementing non-profit organisations. No longer, since these may never come in, although Indian government has a chance to represent the proposal next year.

So fellow non-profit fundraisers, why in first place should we be dependent on benevolence of funds like the above? Please do think about it.

The second was an advertisement by an NGO formed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare asking for donations from individuals. Called the Jansankhya Stirtha Kosh (National Population Stabilisation Fund http://www.jsk.gov.in/) Quiet a leap for a government promoted NGO. If they can do it, why can't we all?

Are you still not convinced? If you are start today.

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