Showcasing its growth on Sunday, Kolkata Gives, the platform which brings together NGOs and donors, has increased the number of NGOs under its belt from 22 last year to 30 this year and showcased 30 NGOs along with their activities .
Displaying welfare activities conducted in these NGOs, Jyoti Vardhan Sonthalia, one of the initiators of the event, said, “There were several potential donors who did not have the time to find out which are the proper NGOs that should be backed so that their donations are properly used. In the case of NGOs, they get several donors at one place.”
Organisers said they had received over 750 applications this year of which selecting 30 were screened.
“We scrutinised audited balance sheets of all the applicants, looking into their promoters, associates and backgrounds, and the most important one, their administrative expenses. The less the percentage of their expenses, the better as that indicates more people providing selfless services to these NGOs, and spend less on themselves within the organisation,” Anant Nevatia, an organiser of the event, said.
He added that donors from other cities also enquired about the platform. “People from Ahmedabad, Ranchi, Guwahati and Hyderabad have also approached us. They want us to replicate the same thing in those cities,” he said.
A senior member of Chhaya, an NGO dedicated to caring and rescuing stray animals, said. “It will be surprising to find how many healthy dogs are abandoned in the city. We look after their treatment and rehabilitation.”
Donors too, found the platform very handy.
“I have lived abroad for a long time and now live a retired life. I think it is our duty to give back society a little bit of what it has given us but I didn’t know where to donate. This place gives us an insight into these organisations,” said Saikat Majumder, a resident of Salt Lake.