Daan Utsav – Joy of Giving Week

2018 will be the tenth year of Daan Utsav also known as Joy of Giving week, which is celebrated in India every year from October 2-8. A platform that brings together people from different walks of life and unites them in the act of giving. In 2017, over 60 lakh people across 200 cities participated in this event which included over 1000 companies, 1000 NGOS and the organisation of over 1100 events across the nation.
Daan Utsav

Who can take up this Internship

  • Students studying in/ visiting their hometown for vacation/ internship
  • Highly motivated and dedicated career-focused students



  • Certificate of Internship from Bhumi
  •  Opportunity to participate in a National level campaign
  • Awards for exceptional performance


Internship Responsibilities

  • To network and develop a connect with faculty/ student coordinator of NSS/ NCC/ YRC/
  • Entrepreneurship cell/ any other potential social causes club of Universities/ Colleges in your hometown
  • To communicate and share resources of Bhumi’s Daan Utsav Campaign
  •  Motivate colleges to participate in the campaign
  • To collect and compile details of interested professors/ student


Other Information

  • Travel and communication expenses can be reimbursed on prior request


Apply for the internship now, if you are interested. For queries reach out to catalyst@bhumi.ngo

Volunteer for Cool Runners Half Marathon 2018

Bhumi invites you to volunteer for Cool Runners Half Marathon 2018. The proceedings from the marathon will be used to build a school in a village.
Date: February 4, 2018
Reporting Time for Volunteers: 4 a.m
End Time: Before 9 a.m
Location: YWCA, Nandanam, Chennai | Map
Register below and invite your friends. Upon registering, you’ll receive an email confirmation within 2 days.
Volunteers will be given a volunteer t-shirt, a certificate and breakfast post the run. You will receive more information closer to the race day.

Vettuvankeni beach clean-up

Bhumi invites you all to the Vettuvankeni Beach Clean-up jointly organised by Bay Watch Farm Plot Owners Association and Bhumi.
We all should have one common goal, ‘cleanliness’, which eventually leads us to a healthy environment. Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people and marine lives. Trash on the shore can affect the local marine life like Turtles that usually hatch their eggs between December and March every year.
Do sign up below and join us at the Vettuvankeni Beach Cleanup this Sunday with your family and friends. All are welcome.
Date: January 21, 2018
Time: 6 a.m to 8.30 a.m
Location: Vettuvankeni Olive Beach, Pandian Salai, Off ECR | Map Link: bit.ly/Vettuvankeni-Beach
Our volunteering activities are strictly plastic-free; we use cloth gloves and props for clean-ups. Water for the volunteers is provided in steel glasses and utensils. Please carry cloth bags and avoid using plastics.

Road Safety Awareness – National Volunteering Week | Bhuvaneshwar

The time of the year is back! Bhumi partners with CII for India@75 National Volunteering Week (NVW) which envisions what India should be in its 75th year of independence and seeks to bring everybody together in order to create an eco-system for structured volunteering in India.

We are going to celebrate India@75 National Volunteering Week (NVW) for the fourth year in succession from 18 – 24 January, 2017. This time during the week, lets take the pledge #IforIndia by volunteering for Road Safety  Awareness in Bhuvaneshwar!
Sign up below and let’s volunteer to make India, an accident free nation !

Road Safety Awareness – National Volunteering Week |Thrissur

The time of the year is back! Bhumi partners with CII for India@75 National Volunteering Week (NVW) which envisions what India should be in its 75th year of independence and seeks to bring everybody together in order to create an eco-system for structured volunteering in India.

We are going to celebrate India@75 National Volunteering Week (NVW) for the fourth year in succession from 18 – 24 January, 2017. This time during the week, lets take the pledge #IforIndia by volunteering for Road Safety  Awareness in Thrissur!
Sign up below and let’s volunteer to make India, an accident free nation !

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Gandhi Fellowship – 2016

Gandhi Fellowship Program is a two-year residential program for talented youngsters from India’s top colleges

The program is rooted in the belief that as a nation it is important to develop a cadre of leaders exposed to the complexities of bringing change in social and public systems. The Gandhi Fellowship Program is designed to provide you with the opportunity for personal transformation through self-discovery and thereby, contribute to the causes surrounding you.

We have attached detailed prospectus for your reference 

The 2-year – 4-semester program develops core competencies for large scale change, through 40 Goals, 10 Processes and 7 competencies.  Read more

Social Incubation & Enterprises Program: An exclusive Social Incubation & Enterprises Program, which supports aspiring social entrepreneurs through special idea incubation, business mentor-ship and start-up funding support up to Rs 20 lakh after Fellowship graduation.( read more : http://gandhifellowship.org/fellowship-programming.php)

Please do look through the videos for glimpses on our efforts at development:

  1. http://sites.ndtv.com/cultivatinghope/video-details-page/youth-have-a-huge-role-to-play-ajay-piramal-394966/
  2. https://vimeo.com/146225635

For more information visit: www.gandhifellowship.org 

Recent media coverage of Gandhi Fellows 

Chairman of Piramal Group – Mr. Ajay Piramal underlined the contributions of Gandhi Fellows in rural areas. Actor Akshay Kumar participated in the  event.

Vivek Kumar , Gandhi Fellowship Batch 2010-12, profiled by Youth Ki Awaaz. Vivek replicated Gandhi Fellowship in Uganda

Gandhi Fellows Aditi, Harsha and Shreshta started a project to find mentors for drop out slum children. Their project was covered by NDTV

 Click on the link to APPLY



 APPLY AT THE FOLLOWING LINK: http://apply.gandhifellowship.org/

How to Deal with High Maintenance Volunteers

Volunteers are amazing people. However, as with any group of people, some volunteers can be a time-drain on your organization, requiring much more one-on-one attention than others donating their efforts. In a word: “high-maintenance.”

This may come in many forms, such as dropping in unexpectedly to see if there are volunteer opportunities or calling to confirm the date and time of their next volunteer date.

Let’s take a closer look at how to deal with volunteers who seem to require more of your time than others.

A Sticky Situation
So how do you handle this type of volunteer? It goes without saying that time and staff are at a premium at most nonprofits, so hand-holding those individuals is counter-productive. On the other end of the spectrum is “firing” a volunteer, but that is a worst-case scenario, which could lead to some negative publicity for your organization in the process. The good news is that there are options in between that just might save the day. Below we offer our best advice to volunteer coordinators for managing high-maintenance volunteers.

Keeping Your Sanity
Although the end result is the same, leading to lost time and frustration, there are actually various reasons why these “needy” volunteers may behave the way they do. Here are some questions to ask yourself to assess the situation and hopefully make it work better for everyone:

  • Did we give this volunteer proper orientation and training? Although they are best practices, these crucial pieces sometimes get lost in the shuffle. For example, if Betty doesn’t completely understand the organization’s mission or her importance to it, she may not realize how critical it is to make the best use of staff time. Likewise, if Betty was thrown into a task with minimal training to begin with, she may be hesitant and unsure of herself, feeling the need to often interrupt and ask questions.
  • Is this the best task assignment for the individual? People are drawn to volunteer at a nonprofit for various reasons. Perhaps Tom works with computers all day. Because of his expertise, the volunteer coordinator assigned him similar tasks without really giving him other options, when Tom really wanted a change of pace. Or maybe Mary was assigned to stuff envelopes and is totally bored with it. In either case, these volunteers may lack interest in the task at hand and this could make them more difficult to manage. Giving volunteers a choice of activities, on the other hand, should allow them to choose something they enjoy and keep them more engaged.
  • Does the volunteer simply want more social interaction? Some individuals volunteer to get out of the house and have someone to visit with. If the task they are given involves sitting in a cubicle alone, chances are good that the volunteer will be looking for conversation. This doesn’t work well when the person targeted is the volunteer coordinator or another staff member. If this is the case, the solution may be as easy as simply pairing him or her with another volunteer to work on a project together.
  • Is our organization communicating effectively with volunteers? As we mentioned earlier, perhaps you have volunteers “swinging by” to see if there is anything that needs done or touching base because they can’t remember the next time they are scheduled to come in. An answer here would be to implement a cloud-based volunteer management system, such as VolunteerHub. This type of tool allows volunteer coordinators to list opportunities so volunteers can choose activities they like best that fit into their schedule — and self-register from any internet-accessible computer, tablet, or phone. VolunteerHub also brings the power of automated confirmation and reminder emails and text messages. This eliminates calls or emails from those forgetful or disorganized well-meaning folks who may be checking in often with you on specifics.

High-maintenance volunteers don’t have to stay that way. Evaluate what’s really going on in each case. Many times it’s just that a volunteer’s expectation hasn’t been met in some way and a small change could make all the difference. Spending a little more time in training, learning more about motivation to volunteer, and/or automating registration and communication can save countless hours and headaches in the long-term.

Cross posted from Guidestar

Bring the heart back into giving: Venkat Krishnan

Daan Utsav LoresOn 2 October, as Daan Utsav 2015 kicked off, a friend of mine texted from the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Parel, Mumbai. He had joined a group of more than 100 people who were celebrating the festival of giving; each had cooked and brought food for four-five people. “There’s not enough food, and it would be much easier if we served khichdi or something like that,” he said, “but great learning for my wife and I for the next time.” He also spent time talking to some of the people living on the pavement, to understand their stories better.

Nearly 500 families sleep on the pavement outside the hospital on any given day—families from rural areas who have come to Mumbai because someone in the family has cancer and is being treated for free. However, given how chemotherapy cycles work, many of these families need to live in Mumbai for a few months. Most are broke, given that they lose income for the months they stay in the city.

Till a week ago, my friend, a senior corporate executive, was probably not aware of this situation. Or even if he was, he knew of it as a statistic we routinely encounter: X% of children in class V read at class II levels, Y% of cancer victims can’t afford the costs of care, etc. These are facts that we are fully aware of, and eventually inured to.

But having gone there, and seen first-hand the plight of these people, chances are that my friend will think differently now about the need for public healthcare. As his family and he make repeated visits to the TMH pavements, and as he starts thinking about engaging in other acts of philanthropy, his views on public health policy will hopefully be formed more from empathetic experience than statistical charts. And their understanding of what exactly equity means, in human terms, would be deepened when they look at the growth-equity trade-off.

Over the last 15 years, I’ve seen hundreds, if not a few thousand people, begin to change their beliefs, values and behaviour once they “put a face to the data”. People who have visited and spent days with those displaced by “development” seem to rethink the kind of development we need. Seeing drought-affected areas changes attitudes to personal water consumption and spending a day at an orphanage or school for the mentally challenged gets people to change how they bring up their own children.

Invariably, giving increases, engagement with one or more causes deepens, and this eventually affects how they look at various “policies” in their capacity as citizens.

This engagement, when seen at an overall national level, will eventually create more favourable (or unfavourable) environments for government action in certain areas. And the impact of that will be huge.

Even with the new 2% corporate social responsibility (CSR) rule, a push for greater giving by our high- income individuals, and even if we succeeded in increasing “giving levels” from the current 0.4% of GDP to 2%, the total philanthropy spending would still be less than a tenth of what the Union government spends on welfare.

If we, the citizens, get more involved in how that money is spent by shaping policy, that alone will have far greater impact than any individual monetary contribution we make.

Peter Drucker, a management consultant, educator, and author, said that the purpose of philanthropy, more than the change created directly by the resources given, lies in making each one of us “a citizen who takes responsibility, a neighbour who cares”.

As India embarks on a renewed journey to give more, we need more and more people to put the heart back into philanthropy—not just write cheques, but visit, volunteer, engage and get involved with different social issues because that is what will transform each of us and, in turn, transform the nation.

Venkat Krishnan is co-founder and director of Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd. He is also founder of GiveIndia, and one of the volunteers who evangelize DaanUtsav.

Original Article: Live Mint

The impact of employee volunteerism can be directly linked and measured to employee satisfaction

George Elisseou, director , HR at Ford India on how employee volunteerism has emerged as a powerful tool in creating a motivated workforce


Employee volunteerism programmes are an integral component of how a company engages, not only with the community, but with its own employees. Besides fostering the spirit of giving, such programmes help employees understand company’s commitment to communities that they live and work with.Today, employee volunteerism has emerged as a powerful tool in creating a motivated workforce.


Employees are ambassadors and play a crucial role in building the brand that they represent.With the right support and encouragement, motivated employees, thanks to their engagement in volunteering programmes, go a long way in building a powerful brand. As Henry Ford once said, “a company that makes only money is a poor business.“Studies have proved that a good reputation, backed by good actions, can impact the company’s financial performance.


A dynamically structured volunteer programme elevates volunteering from a mere one-way transaction between employee and community into a larger, transformational experience for the employees. An effective workplace-giving programme also builds stronger relationships with colleagues, and feelings of pride and positivity toward an employer which leads to a continued long-term association with an organisation.


Volunteer programmes are crucial opportunities for employees to either hone their skills or acquire new ones ­ right from stepping out of their comfort zone, to engage in an activity that is new to them. Involving employees across volunteering programmes help instil skills, which can help them grow as leaders. In fact, one would be surprised how leaders can emerge in such communityservice related programmes and exercises. Volunteering also helps employees develop a sense of intuition and empathy, which are important from a leadership perspective.


Corporates must define the goal that the project is intended to achieve.This can be evaluated ­ both, from a qualitative and quantitative social impact and employee engagement perspective.The impact of employee volunteerism programmes can be directly linked and measured to employee satisfaction.

Original Source: Times of India