Our validation process offers more benefits now
As an organization, we believe in growing and consistently improving our processes to keep pace with changes in the non-profit sector. As part of that endeavour, we have revised our existing NGO validation process, and it now offers more benefits to both NGOs and corporates.
Through a robust framework of assessment, the NGOs we validate are reviewed on 17 parameters. Mandatory documents are also reviewed before the validation is considered complete. Our validation process is unique since it includes field visits to interview the chief functionary, stakeholders and staff members in order to get a complete organizational overview. Project site visits are also undertaken to develop a thorough understanding of the rapport of the NGO with the community they serve. Till date, we have validated more than 1600 NGOs.
There are several benefits that a partner NGO can draw from our validation.Once an NGO is validated, it is assured third party accreditation, making the NGO known to donors and eligible for fundraising through us. The validated NGO also gets first preference in CAF India’s capacity building and issue based networking initiatives. Not only the NGOs, our donors too benefit from our robust validation process. Our third party assessment facilitates increased accountability and transparency into grant making, resulting in value for money.
Amazon Gift a Smile
CAF India joined hands with the e-commerce giant, Amazon India, to facilitate their online wish list project called “Gift a smile”. With this initiative, Amazon aims to help NGOs working in the area of children, women, elderly and other marginalised sections of the society by offering a unique opportunity to all its online buyers to donate in kind.
We assisted Amazon in this campaign as the managing partners, reviewing & verifying the benefitting NGOs; based on their contribution to social welfare activities in the last three years; through our robust due diligence process.
Canon adopt a village
Canon adopt-a-village is an ambitious CSR initiative launched by Canon. This three year programme aims at transforming an adopted village by improving quality of education and providing eye care facilities for its inhabitants.
CAF India played a pivotal role in this initiative by conceiving the idea of adopting a village. We take pride in being the managing partner of this initiative with Samarthanam as the implementation partner. As part of this campaign, Mr. Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India Pvt. Ltd recently inaugurated the drive to adopt a government primary school in Maharaja Katte village in Karnataka.
|Grants that transform lives
CAF India partners with NGOs working in areas of education, elderly care, animal welfare, children, community development, disability, environment, livelihood, special needs, women, art & heritage and disaster relief. We have donors; both corporate and individuals who generously donate to support these NGOs and their causes. In the last quarter, we raised INR 2.96 Crores and disbursed INR1.87 Crores to our partner NGOs.
Stories of impact
With the contributions that our donors make we have been able to support our partner NGOs in bringing a positive change in the society. The impact brought in by this change has lit up the lives of many, who had otherwise given up hopes of a better future. In this edition, we bring to you stories of two such individuals whose lives have changed with the support from two of our valued corporate donors – Microsoft and Accenture.
Finding light in darkness: Shanno’s story of determination
It is said that bigger the darkness, the easier it is to spot your little light. However, very few can motivate themselves to look for the light emanating from darkness. And those who can do that never seem to be in darkness again.
Shanno a 19 year old girl living in East Delhi’s Sundar Nagri had given up her studies after her father's demise. She started working at a nearby factory to earn her living. Shanno was approached and encouraged by a CHETNA educator to study further. CHETNA is an NGO which supports the empowerment of street and working children through education. As part of Microsoft’s payroll programme, Shanno’s education was funded through the NGO. Shanno started attending the Sunder Nagri education centre and actively participated in all the activities. In 2008 she was enrolled in 8th standard. She was also chosen the District and the National secretary of Badhte Kadam (BK), a federation for street and working children. The NGO supported her education by paying her complete admission and examination fees and she passed her 10th and 12th standard successfully. Now she has taken admission in Bachelors in Social Work at IGNOU. She works as advisor in BK and attends various meetings and functions encouraging children to fight for their rights. She has become a role model for many children and wants to become a successful lawyer and work for child rights.
Building skills, building confidence
Poonam, a resident of Punjab, spent each day in pain and humiliation at her in-law’s house. She was a victim of domestic violence but could not gather enough courage to step out of the house and make a life of her own with her three children. Since she was neither educated nor skilled, seeking a life away from her in-law’s house was an impossible wish until Meher rescued her. Meher is an NGO works in the area of skill building programmes for women in distress. Meher supported Poonam through Accenture's payroll giving programme.
At Meher, Poonam was not only counselled but was also taught stitching to earn her living. Poonam also got trained as a beautician at the NGO. Armed with multiple skills, Poonam is more confident about leading an independent life, away from her oppressors. She now lives with her children, giving them education and a good life.