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2013 ACHIEVEMENTS

• 3 million+ people took part

• 80+ cities & towns participate, DaanUtsav reaches rural India too

• 900+ events- volunteering, donation, awareness, fundraising, collection

1700+ schools, 450+ colleges participate

• Over 500+ companies participate

2013 KEY EVENTS

• Vastrasamman
• Design for Change Contest
• India Giving Challenge
• Battle of the Buffet

• Food for Change
• Shadow A CEO
• Under the Stars

• NGO Seva Mela

FIGURE OUT THE WISH TREE YOU CAN PUT UP!

Start planning the Wish Tree that you will put up. Download the Wish Tree brochure to know how you can go about doing the same. 

Wishes can be as simple as a dozen notebooks to toiletries or medicines for an elderly person for a month, or maybe midday meals for a child for a year- and can vary from Rs50 each to even Rs1000!

If you need help thinking through the wishes, finding an NGO partner or a vendor to print your Wish Tree, feel free to write to us.

 

Register Your DaanUtsav Event Plans Now!

Figured out what you'd like to do this DaanUtsav? Go ahead and register your plans now! To know why or how to register click here.


Here are just some ideas of what you could do:

  1. Put up a Wish Tree in your office, educational institution or apartment
  2. Sandwich Making- get together a small group of friends, colleagues or children, make and distribute sandwiches to the poor, while interacting with them and getting to know them better
  3. Do a SpotFix- be inspired by The Ugly Indian for more
  4. Organise a collection drive of clothes/toys/books and material.
  5. Set up a Seva Chakra in your office, educational institution or apartment


Click here to download more ideas. And if all you want to do is a small act of giving yourself, without necessarily involving others, then just "Shuffle the Deck"!

JOY OF GIVING WEEK is now DAAN UTSAV !!!

We're delighted to share that the Joy of Giving Week is now called Daan Utsav!

The Joy of Giving Week, India’s very own festival of giving, has grown from strength to strength since it began in 2009. The only thing that has restricted further growth is its name, confined within the boundaries of English-speaking India. Besides, every branding expert has said the name Joy of Giving Week – in any language – is too long and cumbersome!
 

For the last two years, we have been debating alternative names, one that is easily understood across India and conveys the same meaning as the English one. And this year, as we plan to take the festival to rural India, the need for a name change had become more urgent.

After many options, we have finally settled on Daan Utsav. There are many reasons for finally picking this name most notably-

i) It is the only name from over 100 options we had, that is understood across India, from Tamil Nadu & Kerala to Kashmir, from Gujarat to Assam.
ii) The name lets people know that it is a FESTIVAL and not an NGO or organisation. In that sense, the "joy" and celebration inherent in a festival are captured in the name. 

To provide continuity, however, we will use "Celebrate the Joy of Giving Week" as the tagline to the English logo for a few years. The new logo is similar in design to the old one as well. Am attaching the new look logo. Logos are being designed in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Odiya and Malayalam :-)!

We've already had a GREAT start to Daan Utsav 2014 plans from rural India- villagers from Davol near Anand, Gujarat have promised to send 2,000 litres of milk to children from another part of the country. Several villages in Tamil Nadu have started planning their participation in the festival. The Health and Education departments of a State Govt have shown interest in taking the idea to their schools and health administration. And in urban areas, we're getting traction from auto and taxi unions, various vendor associations and the like.

We hope this year, India's festival of giving can get at least 1crore Indians to participate. And your continued support will be critical to make it happen :-)!

Latest Activity

Profile IconAmir Virani, Arunabha Das, Aparna Khandwala and 4 more joined Daan Utsav
6 minutes ago
Navjeevan Trust posted an event
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Donate&feed the bedridden at Rajkot

October 2, 2014 at 8pm to October 8, 2014 at 8pm
Navjeevan Trust is feeding everyday 50 bedridden people from the slums of Rajkot. Now to continue this mission and expand this mission  to 100 poor bedridden people we need your supportSee More
2 hours ago
Mother's Pet Kindergarten (WN) posted an event

Spreading health and happiness at MPK School premises

September 30, 2014 at 6pm to October 31, 2014 at 7pm
A general health checkup will be taken up for school Bai's and under literacy program the functional English will be tough and group photograph for the Bai's will be taken and given as a Joy factor.See More
4 hours ago
Shilpa Sharma posted an event

Hope for the Homeless at Will be confirmed shortly

October 2, 2014 to October 12, 2014
CYDA in association with Youth Aid, India; celebrates Joy of Giving Week every year from 2nd October to 8th October.This year our theme is "Hope for the Homeless". As part of the celebration we will put up stalls with our Merchandise for sale and offer meal vouchers.We welcome your contribution by purchasing these coupons and merchandise. Aim:Our volunteers and staff visit Eklavya (Homeless Shelter) twice a week and conduct activities with 60 children. We intend to make a difference in their…See More
4 hours ago
Profile IconNisha Agarwal, S.Venkatraman, Rachana and 8 more joined Daan Utsav
yesterday
rajesh agarwal shared their event on Facebook
yesterday
CORP India posted an event

Food Box for Granny at Mumbai

October 2, 2014 at 6pm to October 31, 2014 at 7pm
This year Community Outreach Programme (CORP) upholds its commitment to support low-income senior citizens from various slums of the city. Elderly women and widows living in the poorest areas of Mumbai face growing medical needs, isolation and hunger. Thanks to this campaign CORP plans to keep sustaining the 120 women that every month receive a food box of healthy nutritious commodities and to implement the number of the beneficiaries who will take advantage of the Food Box for Granny…See More
yesterday
rajesh agarwal posted an event
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ANAAJ DAAN AT THEIR DOOR STEP at RURAL AREA

October 2, 2014 to October 8, 2014
AMONG THE BLINDS, THERE ARE MANY LIKE WIDOW GIRLS, SENIOR CITIZENS ORPHANS, SICK AND DISABLED, ARE NOT ABLE TO COME TO OUR VENUE TO COLLECT THE FOOD MATERIALS. HENCE AFTER PROPER VERIFICATIONS, OUR VOLUNTEERS CARRY THE MATERIAL AND DELIEVER IT TO THE DOORSTEP OF SUCH PEOPLE.See More
yesterday
Kala Charlu posted an event
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Dignity for rural women at Bangalore Karnataka

September 14, 2014 to November 9, 2014
RUTUMITRA Eco-friendly Sanitary pads-A means of dignity for a rural woman during those days of the month-period. Donate a hygiene kit. A hygiene kit containing 120 sanitary pads (10 pads per month), 120 newspaper covers for easy disposal of used pads and a couple of panties, all packed in cloth bags. All that is required to support a year’s supply of hygiene is Rs 700. Do you know that during menstruation, rural women use rags, ash and husk instead of sanitary pads because they can't afford to…See More
yesterday
St. Mary's School posted a status
""Raatri After Navratri" Fund Raising Event in aid of the Kashmir Disaster. St. Mary's School, Dahod, Gujarat"
yesterday
Profile IconGeeta S Rao, Malini Rao, Ankit Gupta and 3 more joined Daan Utsav
Sunday
Alka Sharma posted an event

Vastra Daan by less privileged kids for the lesser privileged ones at Gandhivaas slums, Sabarmati

October 4, 2014 from 3pm to 6pm
Hi,We at Humankind support education of 150 less privileged kids of Sabarmati, Ahmedabad. This year our less privileged kids have decided to collect wearable, washed clothes from their home to support much lesser privileged people staying near a bank of a lake. The cloth collection drive will be conducted by kids in their slums along with volunteers of "Humankind" between 2nd and 8th October 2014.See More
Saturday
Calcutta International School posted an event

Wish Tree at Kolkata, West Bengal

September 13, 2014 to October 8, 2014
In association with the NGO Ishwar Sankalpa, we at CIS had put up a Wish Tree in the main porch in our school from the 8th to the 12th of September, 2014. The wish tags of the beneficiaries from Ishwar Sankalpa (an organisation working with mentally challenged adults) were tied to the tree. Any child/teacher/parent who were willing to fulfill the wishes removed that wish tag from the tree and kept the gift wished for in a box kept at the foot of the tree. At the end of the week, the box is…See More
Saturday
Profile IconKarthik Venkat, Rajat Sharma, Rahul aneja and 2 more joined Daan Utsav
Saturday
opesh posted a status
"I am planning to set up a wish tree in my office at kochi. need details of vendor and of NGO who can be contacted for collecting wishes."
Saturday
Ria Banerjee shared their event on Twitter
Friday
 
 
 

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