India NGO Awards 2009 – Application deadline 10 March 2010.

Deadline extended to 10 March!

Organised by the Resource Alliance, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NGO Awards seek to recognise and celebrate organisations that are setting and promoting best practices in resource mobilisation, accountability and transparency.

The competition is open to small, medium and large NGOs from all over India which work towards social and environmental transformation.

National winners will be announced at a final Award Ceremony in Delhi where the Awardees will each be presented with a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 4,00,000.

Other benefits of applying include:

  • All applicants will be invited to participate in customised workshops on resource mobilisation and related areas.
  • All regional finalists will be profiled in a casebook which will be disseminated across the country.
  • All regional finalists will recieve mentoring support from The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

How to apply

The deadline for submission of applications is 10 March 2010.

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The Resource Alliance
The Resource Alliance is an international not-forprofit working globally to build the capacity of civil society organisations towards greater financial sustainability. This is done through workshops, seminars, accredited courses that are run in
partnership with business schools and consulting and advisory services. Headquartered in London, the organisation has offices in India and Uganda with
additional staff members in Brazil and the Czech Republic.

The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 and has sought to identify and attack at their source the underlying causes of human suffering.
The Foundation pioneered the frontier of global philanthropy and continues to find and fund solutions to many of the world’s most intractable
challenges. The Foundation operates both within the United States and around the world. The Rockefeller Foundation funds a portfolio of linked
initiatives. Individually, and together, they draw on the Foundation’s deep-seated commitments to nurture innovation, build individual and institutional
capital, pioneer new fields, expand access to and distribution of resources, and ultimately, generate sustainable impact.

The India NGO Awards were instituted by the Resource Alliance in 2006.
The 2009-2011 Awards are a joint venture of the Resource Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation. The Awards aim to advance the country’s non-profit sector by promoting financial and organisational sustainability and strengthening community support of civil society and seek to:
• Promote good standards and practices in resource mobilisation, accountability
and transparency.
• Recognise and celebrate excellence in the non-profit sector.
• Identify and strengthen successful resource mobilisation practices.
• Create examples and inspiration for other non-profit organisations
and promote cross-regional learning.
• Promote the overall credibility of the non-profit sector for long term

• All organisations registered in India as Trusts, Societies and Section 25
companies that have been working for a minimum of 5 years towards 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. Based on their
locations, entries received will be classified into 4 regions – North, South,
East and West.

NGOs can apply under one of three categories, based on their annual
budget for 2008-09:
1. Small : Annual budget of under Rs 50 lakh.
2. Medium : Annual budget between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 5 crore.
3. Large : Annual budget over Rs 5 crore.

Three finalists per category will be selected from each region and invited to
the final National Award ceremony in New Delhi, where one winner will be
announced in each category.

The India NGO Awards
• The three national winners in each category will receive a trophy and cash
prize of Rs 4,00,000/- to be used ‘to strengthen their internal systems and
• All Regional Finalists will be profiled in a casebook, which will be widely
• All Regional Finalists will be mentored by TIE members.
• All applicants will be invited to participate in customised workshops on
resource mobilisation and related areas. Capacity building workshops are
supported by SAIL.

Organisations will be evaluated on:
• Effective and sustainable mobilisation of resources from the local community.
• Demonstration of efficient management of resources, good governance
practices, transparency and accountability and effective communication.
• The impact of the work in bringing about tangible benefits to its target
Applicants meeting the criteria will be shortlisted for a site visit
by a team of assessors in each region.

Deadline for submission of application is March 1, 2010.
Applicants must submit entries by email (preferred) to or by post to:
Regional Program Officer
The Resource Alliance
B-4/58, 2nd Floor, Safdarjung Enclave,
New Delhi 110 029
Tel: 011-4135 4766

By submitting an entry, NGOs agree that the information and materials
provided may be used in future promotions for the Award, or any other event
or publication produced by Resource Alliance and/or the Rockefeller Foundation.
For more information and to download application forms, please visit

Please provide the following details on a letterhead and submit it with your
1. Name of Organisation:
2. Official Address:
3. Current Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director:
4. Current Chair of the Board:
5. Date of starting operations:
6. Total annual budget for 2008-09:
7. In which category does your NGO fit into
(please tick one box based on the criteria)
• SMALL (less than Rs 50 lakh)
• MEDIU M (between Rs 50 lakh – 5 crore)
• LARGE (over Rs 5 crore)
8. Telephone (office):
Telephone (Mobile):
9. Email:
10. Website:
11. Registration details:
12. FCRA Number:
13. Does your organisation publish an annual report Yes / No
14. How did you get to know about the Award?

I attest that, to the best of my knowledge, all information submitted for the India
NGO Awards 2009 is true and accurate and that I agree to the terms and conditions of the competition. I certify that we are not promoting or involved in promoting political activities or religious doctrine.

Signed by Date
Executive Director / President of the NGO

(Please keep your answers within a limit of 200 words)
1. State the mission, vision and objectives of your organisation.
2. Brief description of the organisation’s programme. How/why are these
programmes unique and important to the community and how are they in line
with the vision/mission of the organisation?
3. Please list the geographical area/s in which your organisation operates and the
number of beneficiaries.
4. How are your programmes identified and implemented? Describe in brief the
program design process and
your key criteria for this.
5. What steps are taken by your organisation to ensure involvement of
stakeholders/ communities in identification and implementation of
6. Is the programme intervention innovative, replicable and scalable? Explain how.
7. What is your cost incurred per beneficiary?
8. What processes/systems has the organisation adopted to measure time-based
changes to the target communities? Attach the latest assessment, if any.
9. What are the mechanisms for regular monitoring and evaluation of projects
(ongoing as well as on completion)? Attach a report, if any, by an external
evaluator for any of your projects.
10. Provide verifiable indicators (quantitative and qualitative) demonstrating
achievement at local, state, regional, national and international levels in the
past three years.
11. How do you carry out impact assessment of your programmes? Are there any
baseline figures to compare impact over time? If so, how are they determined?
1. What is the composition of your board? Tabulate the same giving name,
qualification, age, gender, professional background and years of association
with the organisation.
2. What are the key competencies that members of the board bring to the
organisation and what is their involvement in various activities of the
3. What is the process for appointment of board members and what is the term of
each board member? Please provide the Terms of Reference for the Board, if any.
4. What are the systems for board involvement in organisational planning,
performance reviews and change/ crisis management?
5. How does the board ensure compliance with the various statutory
6. Does your organisation publish an annual report in compliance with applicable
accounting standards? With whom do you share your annual report and how?
Is your annual report on your website? If so, please provide the link.
1. What is your organisational structure? Please provide an organogram.
2. Does the organisation have an HR Policy? If yes, please attach a copy of the
3. Please provide a brief with roles and responsibilities of key staff members.
4. What is the staff strength of your organisation? Provide break-up of full time
staff, part time staff and volunteers.
5. How do you manage capacity building for staff – what percent of your annual
budget is spent on this?
6. How do you plan role succession and organisational growth for all levels
of employees? What are staff motivation for engagement?
7. Does the organisation have performance reviews, upward feedback and reward
systems in place? If yes, please describe.

1. Does your organisation have a documented and defined resource mobilisation
strategy supported by an action plan? List staff members involved in its
development and implementation. Please attach your current fundraising
strategy and plan.
2. Please provide the following information given below in a tabular form
(giving the break up and name of donor under each source of support):
Sr. No.
Source of support
Year of engagement
Duration of support
2006-07 (amount in Rs.)
2007-08 (amount in Rs.)
2008-09 (amount in Rs.)
Target Actual Target Actual Target Actual
A Institutional funding
• Donor 1
• Donor 2
• Donor 3
B Statutory/Government
• Donor 1
• Donor 2
• Donor 3
C Corporate
D Individuals
E Income generation
3. Using a similar table, please elaborate the in-kind support (other than financial
support) received by your organisation.
4. Please describe in brief the internal and external control mechanisms for project
fund utilisation.
5. Explain how the organisation has managed donor relationships.
6. Describe a resource mobilisation campaign the organisation has previously
undertaken. What were the objectives, processes, costs and achievements?
What were the challenges faced? Please provide reports if any, along with the
lessons learnt.

1. Describe the organisations financial management system and policy.
2. What are the internal control systems to ensure proper utilisation of financial
3. Is the organisation audited by an external auditor every year? If not, why?
What is the process of selecting your auditor?
4. Describe the organisation’s budgeting process. How does it allow for proper
forward planning and best use of resources?
5. How does the organisation manage risk through early identification and
6. What percentage of annual receipts is spent in administrative overheads?
7. Does the organisation have a short/long term budget? Who are the key decision
makers in preparing the budget?
8. How are the financial reports prepared and reviewed?

1. Personnel Policy
2. Financial Policy
3. 3 years audited statement of accounts along with auditors note (5 copies)
4. 5 copies of Annual Report
5. Organisational brochure
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producing company in India is the biggest supplier of steel to the core sectors like Power, Railways, Defence, Infrastructure (construction) and Petroleum. SAI L has
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