India NGO Awards
The India NGO Awards is a unique, national competition that aims to celebrate and reward the best non-governmental and non-profit organisations by showcasing examples of best practice and successful resource mobilisation.
The Awards were instituted in 2006 to recognised and congratulate those organisations that have demonstrated best practices in creative resourcing, financial management, governance and impact in the community. The Awards focus on professional management, innovation in local resource mobilisation, and the effectiveness of the organisation’s activities in improving the lives of the people they serve. Initially launched in partnership with the Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation, the 2009/11 India NGO Awards programme was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The India NGO Awards 2012/13 and 2013/14 are jointly funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and EdelGive Foundation.
The India NGO Awards 2013/14
The Rockefeller Foundation, EdelGive Foundation and the Resource Alliance are pleased to invite applications for the India NGO Awards 2013/14. The outreach partner for the India NGO Awards 2013/14 is GuideStar India. The Awards recognise and honour those organisations that have demonstrated best practices in governance, financial management, creative resourcing and impact in the community.
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from across India are encouraged to send in their entries under one of the three categories, based on their annual budget (income) for 2012/13.
- Small: Annual budget less than Rs 1 crore
- Medium: Annual budget between Rs 1 - 5 crores
- Large: Annual budget over Rs 5 crores
The eligibility criteria is as follows:
- All organisations registered in India as Trusts, Societies and Section 25 companies that have been working for a minimum of three years on social and environmental transformation are eligible to enter
- Organisations that propagate political or religious doctrines are excluded from participation
- NGOs from all over India are invited to enter the competition
- National Award Winners from the last two years are not eligible to apply. However, previous finalists are eligible to apply.
Organisations are evaluated on the effective and sustainable mobilisation of resources, the demonstration of efficient management of resources, good governance practices, transparency and accountability, and the impact of their work in bringing about tangible benefits to its target communities.
Organisations will be evaluated on:
- Effective and sustainable mobilisation of resources in support of programme and project work, including with local communities
- Demonstration of efficient management of financial and human resources, good governance practices, transparency and accountability, and effective communication
- The impact of their work in bringing about tangible benefits to their target communities
- Innovative practices within programme and project activities, their implementation and measures to ensure sustainability
- Gender sensitivity in the planning, implementation and impact of the programme/initiative.
- The three national winners will receive a trophy and cash prize of Rs 4,00,000/- each to be used ‘to strengthen their internal systems and processes’
- The two Rising Star Award winners will receive a trophy each
- Workshops on resource mobilisation, communication, governance and financial management will be organised across the country
- All finalists will be profiled in a casebook, which is widely disseminated
- Finalists will be offered 10 days of (one to one) mentoring to strengthen their internal systems and processes
Entry method and format
Entries should follow the format outlined in the India NGO Awards 2013/14 Entry Brochure.
Entries submitted after the deadline of 28 February 2014 will not be considered.
Announcing the winners of the India NGO Awards 2012/13
On 13 August 2013, the Resource Alliance announced the winners of the India NGO Awards 2012/13 at a glittering ceremony held in New Delhi. The winners were chosen based by an independent jury who selected the NGOs on their demonstration of best practices of impact, scalability and replicability, innovation and sustainability in their programmes, and in creative and successful resource mobilisation. The winners are:
Small Category - Winner
Madhuram Narayanan Centre for Exceptional Children
The Madhuram Narayanan Centre for Exceptional Children (MNC) was established in Chennai in December 1989 as a Research come Demonstration Centre to provide early intervention services to children with mental retardation, and associated disabilities like hydrocephaly, microcephaly, metabolic disorders, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder through an indigenously developed systematic programme of training.
Medium Category - Winners (tied)
- Network for Enterprise Enhancement and Development Support (NEEDS)
Established in late 1998 as trust, NEEDS [Network for Enterprise Enhancement and Development Support] have started intervention in selected poverty stricken pockets of Bihar and Jharkhand. NEEDS has and brought about a significant change in the lives of women and children in terms of food security, sustainable livelihood and overall empowerment of the participating community.
- Vidya Sagar
Vidya Sagar works with children and adults with cerebral palsy and neurological impairments, their families and their communities. The organisation also works to demystify disability and for the independence and social inclusion of the disabled.
Large Category - Winners
Socio Legal Information Centre (SLIC)
The Socio Legal Information Centre evolved out of a national workshop on “Human Rights, Social Movements and the Law in India’ in 1989. The Network has grown to become one of the foremost organisations in the country working on access to justice for marginalised individuals and communities. In collaboration with effective communities, NGOs and the judiciary, SLIC also works on training in human rights law, law reform, monitoring and investigation into human rights abuses and ‘Know-your-rights’ publications.
The winners each received a trophy and a cash prize of Rs.400,000 each that will be utilised to strengthen their internal systems and processes. All finalists are profiled in the India NGO Awards 2012/13 Casebook, which was disseminated at the Awards ceremony and through the Resource Alliance website. In addition, two Rising Star Awards were given to:
Rising Star Category - Winners
- Magic Bus
Magic Bus trains and guides community-based mentors to deliver a long term programme that focuses on education, health and gender equity to create proven behaviour change among children. To do this, it uses a comprehensive curriculum that uses sport and activities as a metaphor and is delivered using a mentoring approach.
- SGBS Trust Unnati
The organisation was created with the purpose of enabling underprivileged, unemployed youth to gain employment. Programmes aim to enable youth to become ‘employable’ and engage in a gainful job, but also to transform them in to responsible citizens for India.
The finalists of the India NGO Awards 2012/13
The India NGO Awards 2012/13 are organised by the Resource Alliance and jointly funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and EdelGive Foundation. The Awards were launched at an event in New Delhi on 18 December 2012. Now in their seventh year, the Awards are some of the most coveted in the social sector and honour Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) which have adopted good standards and practices, and are accountable and transparent in their operations.
Over 250 NGOs applied under one of three categories, based on their annual budget for 2011/12:
- Small: Annual budget of under Rs 1 crore
- Medium: Annual budget between Rs 1 and 5 crore
- Large: Annual budget over Rs 5 crore
A panel of assessors chose 13 finalists from which the winners were selected.
Small Category - Finalists
- Action for Autism, Delhi
- SGBS Trust Unnati, Bangalore (Karnataka)
- Madhuram Narayanan Centre for Exceptional Children, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
- Hill Social Welfare Society, Darjeeling (West Bengal)
- Dakshinya, Guntur (Andhra Pradesh)
Medium Category - Finalists
- Raphael Centre Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
- Network for Enterprise Enhancement and Development Support (NEEDS), Deoghar (Jharkhand)
- Vidya Sagar Chennai
- Dream A Dream, Bangalore (Karnataka)
Large Category - Finalists
- Socio-Legal Information Centre (SLIC), Delhi
- Hemophilia Federation India, Delhi
- Hand In Hand India, Kancheepuram (Tamil Nadu)
- Magic Bus, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
The Awards Ceremony
The winners were announced at the India NGO Awards ceremony on Tuesday 13 August 2013 at Silver Oaks, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India. The Chief Guest was Smt. Preneet Kaur, Honourable Minister of State for External Affairs.
- Finalists are offered 10 days of one-to-one mentoring to strengthen their internal systems and processes
- The three national winners receive a trophy and cash prize of INR 400,000/- to be used to strengthen their internal systems and processes
- Two Rising Star Award winners each received a trophy.
Compendium of the India NGO Awards 2009-11
Over the years of organising the India NGO Awards and carrying out an in-depth process of due diligence, the Resource Alliance has collected a significant amount of data and information from participating NGOs focusing on their impact, governance, financial management and sustainability. This has been used to develop a Compendium which explores the needs of the non-profit sector and assesses the impact of the awards on the sector during 2009-11. It also includes case studies of organisations that have demonstrated success in three different aspects of their work.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries about the India NGO Awards 2013/14.