Fundraising or fundraising campaign is an initiative to gather voluntary contributions for a charity by involving your family, friends, and associates. It is a widely encouraged practice by NGOs because it gives a platform to the community at large to get involved with their respective causes. Apart from financial aid, fundraising also creates awareness about an NGO and its sphere of work. This opens up avenue for philanthropists to support the cause at an individual level too.
In line with this, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a mid-day meal NGO in India has included fundraising campaigns as part of their activities too. The Foundation has been implementing the school mid-day meal programme since 2000 and is headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Over the years, Akshaya Patra has expanded its reach to 36 locations in 12 states and currently provides freshly cooked nutritious meals to more than 1.7 million children studying in 14, 173 schools. The NGO has witnessed the tangible impact of these meals on the growth, development, and schooling of children; hence wants to increase its reach to more locations with the sole intention to benefit more children with healthy meals while also supporting their education.
In view of this, Akshaya Patra requires ample funding so that alongside expanding to newer locations it can sustainably feed the existing beneficiaries too. Aside from contributing direct donation you can create your own online fundraising campaign and garner support from your network of associates. By raising funds for Akshaya Patra, you will help to create awareness about the NGO, its cause, and the significance of mid-day meal among children. To know how to create a fundraising campaign, visit fundraising for NGO.
The amount you raise through your campaign will have a dual benefit. First, it will ensure daily school meals of children and second, it will make donors for your campaign eligible for receiving tax exemption. Yes, Akshaya Patra will optimally utilise all the funds raised through your campaign to provide wholesome meals to its beneficiaries. The NGO will also record contributions made by each donor and based on tax exemption in India guidelines will make sure that all eligible donors receive exemption from tax for their respective donated amount.
Fundraising campaigns are an effective way to involve the community for a noble cause. It introduces our fellow mates to the world of charity while helping charities with the much-needed support. So, go ahead, take the lead, create changemakers and support children by taking the initiative of fundraising for Akshaya Patra.