Donate a Blanket

As part of this campaign we have pledged to provide 10000 blankets beneficiaries in Rural parts of Bengal.

Travelling Book Fair

Kolkata Gives entered into collaboration with Smiles & Spirits, a Kolkata-based cultural group, to extend the benefit of story book reading to the less-privileged. This is an unusual concept: instead of the conventional approach of the children visiting a book fair, the concept has reversed the paradigm it is has taken the ‘book fair’ to the children.The TBF was kick-started by Smiles & Spirits at Joy Hind Aboitanik School in Tollygunge that addresses the needs of children from socially vulnerable families. Kolkata Gives collaborated from the second TBF event at Hamari Muskan NGO in a red light area of Central Kolkata, providing two books each to around 120 children. The event was reported by the following day’s Times of India. Kolkata Gives (with Smiles & Spirits) intends to extend the benefits of this initiative to more than 25 Bengal schools each year

Workshop by Mr. JP Hamilton(organized by Kolkata Foundation )

As part of the collaboration between Kolkata Gives and US-based Kolkata Foundation towards capacity building of NGOs in the city, a workshop was conducted on fund-raising on the 2nd July. Mr. JP Hamilton, a Director in Dasra one of the largest NGOs in the country that has benefited over 20 million individuals conducted the workshop. Along with Hamilton,participants also interacted with Mr. Dhritiman Banerjee, founder of the New Jersey-based Kolkata Foundation.The workshop considered governance, good practices and accounting integrity as pre-requisites of any credible organization. Even so,one of the gaps generally perceived was the ability to identify potential donors, reach them and then present them with a compelling story.The workshop focused on various elements of fund raising: brandbuilding,identifying and reaching potential donors, presenting a coherent narrative with relevant data and developing the ability to make an “elevator pitch”. The 7 participating NGOs were each asked to make a 60-second presentation which was then evaluated to identify areas of improvement.