NGOTracker.org

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NGOTracker.org

Kolkata, IndiaIndia
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

NGOTracker is an online platform for NGOs & individuals to interact and can fulfill eachother's requirements. This provides the only platform to many remote & fund starved NGOs in the country. Also allowing them to interact, sell their products, showcase their achievements & fulfill their wishlists!

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

Monetary contribution is not necessarily the way to contribute to the social causes!
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

There are 70000+ active NGOs in India but no centralized database listing them as they are associated with different government bodies. Majority of them do not have a website, and the few who do, their websites lack several essential features as they are static & not engaging. Also individuals who wish to work at/contribute to the social sector have no specific portal to find an NGO based on causes they support, proximity, interests, etc

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our online portal is where a)NGOs can register & post requirements for volunteers; it is also a place where they can publicize their events, showcase their achievements & sell their products. Since most of them do not own a website, this would be their most effective platform. b)Individuals who are interested in social service can sign up to assist them. This process can be fine tuned by having filters for location, skills, interests etc. c)Portal could also include content which guides users about processes like setting up an NGO, Organ/Eye Donation, adoption, etc – in short making this portal a one-stop shop for all things related to social service. d) Provides a platform for NGOs to interact with each other & share ideas.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Let’s meet the talented Mrs. Mehta, from Raichur. Now that her kids are off to college Mrs. Mehta gets bored! She misses her kids and wants to do something to occupy her time. What can Candle making tutorials! Maybe I can help someone learn this skill to earn their livelihood! She googles for NGOs in Raichur wherein she can contribute. She is disappointed by the search results on the internet. Enter NGOTracker.org. Here she enters her location, interests and skills and Voila! Finds the NGOs she is looking for and signs up to volunteer!

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The savings by NGOs by taking more volunteers and the increased awareness leading to even more people going for volunteering leading to more events conducted by NGOs would quantify the monetary and social impact by our project.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The share from revenue earnings for selling the goods produced by NGOs will be our source of income. We will also charge advertising fee for the NGOs if they want to be listed in the featured section of ads. Since we are utilizing the technological resources for hosting the service, propaganda, and correspondence our expenses are minimal/negligible. The above outlined business model caters over and above our planned costs.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There is no single platform available in India which currently provides all of the functionalities we plan to incorporate. Many of them are not even being met, providing us a huge scope for capturing the market. We have an obvious advantage of being a first mover. Although there is a threat of easy replicability which is inherent in technology based portals, our plethora of services and fast resolution of issues would make switching too costly/unnecessary.
Team

Founding Story

I had worked in Chennai for about 2 years and then one day I read in the newspapers about this free Speaking English classes which was being conducted for poor students by IT professionals in my very area! I wondered how could I miss this! Why wasn't there a portal which helped me look up such events! So when we were planning on building mobile applications in our free time, this was something which came up! After discussing this idea at length refining it as we went, we now present to you, NGOTracker.org! Step Out, Volunteer!
About You
Organization:
NGOTracker.org
About You
First Name

Varsha

Last Name

Kalyankar

LinkedIn URL
About Your Organization
Organization Name

NGOTracker.org

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact

, XX, Kolkata

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Impact
Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

Geographical spread: Pan India,
Policy Reform: Law formalizing the procedure of organ donation in India
Independant Replication/adoption: To increase the number of tie-ups with similar institutions, spreading our network.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Since it is a Technology startup the barriers to entry are few/none, but the actual issue is in spreading the word to 70000+ NGOs in the country.

Sustainability
Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

We have not forged any partnership with any organisation till date, but such a relationship is in the pipeline

Closing the Loop
How does your project primarily ensure that feedback delivers results?

Help funders, governments, and other organizations to listen to and act on feedback.

Please elaborate on your answer to the above question.

Now that the portal encourages self selection, we would want the stakeholders to act on the feed back too

Languages: In what languages are you able to read and write fluently?

English.

2nd Round Questions
Thinking about your feedback loop; what information are you trying to get from whom, to whom, and to bring about what change?
What is the purpose of your feedback loop?

If other, please specify
What mediums or mechanisms do you use to collect feedback? (check all that apply)

If other, please specify
Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?
What mechanisms are in place to protect people from retribution?

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What are the immediate benefits or incentives for people to provide feedback?

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How do you ensure new and marginalized voices are heard?

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What are the incentives for the intended recipient to act on the feedback?

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How does the feedback mechanism close the loop with those who provided feedback in the first place?

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How is feedback published/transparent?

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Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.
If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?
What are your biggest challenges or barriers in “closing the feedback loop”?

If other, please specify
Are you aware of The Feedback Store?

What are the main uses you can envision for the Feedback Store?
What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?
What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?