It’s no secret that India is undergoing a significant transformation in the charitable/NGO space. This is being driven by a range of factors: the growth of the middle class, the recent “two percent” CSR regulations, more scrutiny of international NGOs by the Centre and, last but not least, the ongoing evolution of technology.
Those of us in the voluntary sector know that many charitable organisations in the country are struggling with building the capacity and expertise required to succeed at their equivalent of e-commerce – online fundraising. They lack knowledge of the digital behaviour of donors as well as experience with the medium. They also have to make do with tight budgets.
In this rapidly evolving reality, CAF India identified a need to make sense of these changes. And so, the Online Giving in India: Insights to Improve Results was born.
We set out to answer the question, “Given India’s unique donor and digital environment, what are the motivations, challenges and successes of online fundraising in India today?”
We conducted lengthy interviews with leaders from 30 secular NGOS in the country spanning a range of sizes, causes, geographies and experience at online fundraising. We talked with them about a wide variety of topics from key trends in online giving in India and donor behaviour to their digital readiness, success at online fundraising and content strategies and practices.
We learned a lot from the research both in terms of the state of giving today generally and in terms of online fundraising. Donors are giving more and increasingly moving to monthly giving. As well, with the benefit of online tools and techniques, it’s easier and less resource intensive to track, thank, reactivate and communicate with donors. Similarly, it’s easier to measure and track results, and scale-up campaigns when they deliver strong results.
That said, donor loyalty does not appear to be deep or lasting, and expectations for transparency, reporting and engagement are on the rise. Meanwhile, resource constraints present challenges to building capacity and investing in the right tools. The outcome of online fundraising campaigns has been less predictable than traditional offline tactics too.
Equally valuable, the report includes 10 broad principles for NGOs to raise their online fundraising game. They reflect a number of best practices and, if implemented well, will fuel your organisation’s success at online fundraising.
To your success online!
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India is a registered not-for-profit organization established in New Delhi, India in 1998 nurturing the culture of giving with impact. The imbibing of this culture emboldens our approach of creating a positive change in the community by reaching to the last mile person.