Calling young, promising NGOs: would you like to be at our Philanthropy Awards?

We'd like to give a few promising young NGOs a chance to meet active philanthropists in corporate India, people who have devoted time, money, skill and considerable expertise to the creating sustainable models of giving

Peter Griffin
Published: 31, Oct 2013

I handle the 'Life' section of Forbes India. In previous lives, I was an advertising creative director, voice-over artist, RJ, TV host, web producer and content architect, freelance travel writer, columnist, and consultant to NGOs. I've been blogging since 2003, and co-founded the South-East Asia Tsunami & Earthquake and Mumbai Help blogs (which, with other similar initiatives later became the WorldWideHelp group), and the writers’ community, Caferati. I'm a keen student of collaboration and online culture. I also co-curated the Literature section of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival from 2006 to 2012. Aside from Twitter (link below), you could also follow me on Facebook or Google+.

Forbes India Philanthropy Awards 2013

The Forbes India name is associated in many minds with our Rich List and our Leadership Awards. But that's not all we do. Part of our genetic make-up is the belief that business can be a force for good. And when, last year, we launched our Philanthropy Awards, it was just a formal expression of this belief. These awards seek to recognise the efforts of individuals who have created model institutions, people who inspire others to follow their example. Our winners—and our jury members—are role models for active philanthropy in corporate India, people who have devoted time, money, skill and considerable expertise to the creating sustainable models of giving. Their time is valuable, and spoken for many months ahead. The chance to meet and chat with them is something young organisations in the social development sector would value greatly.

That's why, this year, we'd like to give a few promising young NGOs a chance to do just that. This opportunity is open to young NGOs working in core areas: literacy and education, child rights and abolition of child labour, health and nutrition, and environmental protection (but a great effort in other areas is also eligible).

Please go to this form to apply. Do please pass the address on to people you know who are doing excellent work. We look forward to hearing from many bright, enthusiastic and socially conscious people.

(Forbes India Philanthropy Awards: home page, categories, methodology, jury, last year's winners, watch last year's awards evening.)

Update: We're closing applications on Wednesday 13th November, 4pm IST.

  • Dr.[Capt] Ritu Biyani

    Got your mail. yes, i has posted the comment and am awaiting the answer. Thank you

    on Nov 25, 2013
  • Dr.[Capt] Ritu Biyani

    Hi Peter, I just happen to see a mail from eNGO network regarding the calling for young promising ..... I am working on cancer education across the country and am the founder of 'Highways Infinite' founded in 2008. Are the dates closed or we still have a chance to apply. regards Ritu

    on Nov 25, 2013
  • Prabhu Loganathan

    Dear Peter, Namaskaram. Our organisation www.ishavidhya.org was started in 2005. Now we have 9 schools across South India (8 in TN & 1 in AP), providing quality education to underprivileged rural children. We are still in the process of completing infrastructure in all 7 schools in TN. Shall we apply for this award.

    on Nov 12, 2013
    • Peter Griffin

      @ Prabhu Loganathan
      The Forbes India Philanthropy Awards are not open for nomination, except in a couple of categories, and the entry dates for those have expired. This blog post refers to the possibility of attending the awards event. And it is open to NGOs that have been set up within the last five years.

      on Nov 12, 2013
  • Anamika Verma

    Hi , On behalf of Rittana Childrens Foundation ,a not for profit organisation have applied yesterday . I do look forward to receiving a positive response as believe this is an excellent encouraging and supporting platform for young organisations like ourselves with a mission to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged children.We were formally registered in 2009 and support the migrant children of construction workers and the undeserved community with special focus on the girl child with our programs on education , health care and nutrition. warmly Anamika verma

    on Nov 8, 2013
  • Vasumathi Sriganesh

    Peter - we were registered in mid Dec 2007. Which technically makes us nearly 6 years old. We actually started operations in April 2008 - which still means we are a little over 5 years old. Do let me know if we could apply. I will of course understand if we cannot Thank you so much! Vasumathi

    on Nov 8, 2013
  • Subhrajit

    Hi Wanted to know how young should the young NGO be? We are working for 34 years now with extensive coverage across India on Child Rights. Can we apply?

    on Nov 7, 2013
    • Peter Griffin

      Subhrajit, as it says on the form linked to on the page, up to five years. So, much as I admire CRY (who I've done work for in the past, via the agency I worked for as well as an individual), it wouldn't qualify. But you folks in CRY should be able to recommend others who would.

      on Nov 8, 2013
  • Jenny

    Hi Peter, Ive applied on behalf of my father who runs a children's home in India. I have uploaded the details.

    on Nov 3, 2013
  • Vaibhav

    What is the last date for applying?

    on Nov 2, 2013
  • William Muir

    @Peter - what a great idea! I am such a huge fan of Deval and Neera, and of course Anshu - what an inspiration. What a difficult choice. Rujuta and I have applied to represent ECF at the event: At ECF we believe that although not every man is part of the problem in domestic violence, every man can be part of the solution! We have our fingers crossed for the application! It would mean so much to us to be there. Best wishes, Will Muir CEO, Equal Community Foundation We're on a mission to give every man in India the opportunity to study and practice gender equitable behavior so we can end violence and discrimination once and for all! Find us at ECF.org.in

    on Nov 1, 2013
  • Rosalyn

    Would this apply also to not-for-profit organizations that promote art and are desperately in need of funding?

    on Oct 31, 2013
    • Peter Griffin

      That's not one of our areas of focus, Rosalyn, but if they can make an excellent case for themselves, we're open.

      on Oct 31, 2013
      • Rosalyn

        If you don't mind, could I ask why it isn't your area of focus?

        on Nov 1, 2013
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