Relive 10 Moments of Impact In 2020

By: Hitesh & Chiara

Published On: January 06, 2021

2020 was a year of change. Massive changes, truth be told. But hidden in all the chaos, was empathy and kindness. We met thousands of donors, like you, who stepped up to help mother’s fighting for their children’s lives, daily-wage earners who could no longer feed their families and even doctors who were fighting on the frontlines without PPEs. 

 

2020 may have been a year of despair and loss for many, but thanks to donors on ImpactGuru it has also been a year of hope, humanity and gratitude for many others. Thank you for supporting and protecting the vulnerable through ImpactGuru. 

 

Let’s relive some of our favourite moments:

 

  

1. Protecting Those Who Fought COVID-19 

 

A few weeks after the onset of the pandemic in India, stories of shortages of PPE kits had started making the rounds. Students & alumni from IIT Bombay addressed this in their own way: by coming together and starting a fundraiser on ImpactGuru. More than 900 of you donated to  raise about Rs. 4.23 lakh; these funds were used to provide PPE kits to the doctors and healthcare workers working round-the-clock in Cygnus, Max and Nanavati Hospitals.

 

2. 18,000 (And Counting) Of You Brought Light To Baby Teera’s Life

 

Baby Teera was only 2 months old when she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1. The only treatment option was a gene replacement therapy, costing Rs. 16 crores. But 18,000 donors came together to donate and successfully raise over Rs. 4 crores (so far)! As they say, hope springs eternal. 

 

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 is a very rare condition, and is also the leading genetic cause of infant death worldwide. When even a crore seemed like a strenuous burden to bear for a condition like this, you gave Teera’s parents hope.

 

    

Your help makes moments like these special for Teera and her mother Priyanka   


3. You Even Came Forward To Save And Support Sanmeet Kaur

 

Associate Professor Sanmeet Kaur is a mother of 2 and a teacher at an engineering college in Patiala. When her family reached out for help, 4194 of you willingly came forward and helped them raise Rs. 2 crore for her cancer treatment! 

 

When Sanmeet was diagnosed with cancer, it was no less than a massive shock to her family, her friends and her students. Like Baby Teera, her relapsed cancer needed treatment abroad. However, her family had spent everything they had in her treatment. 

 

But with your help through online fundraising, Sanmeet has been successfully receiving her treatment from Sheba Medical Center, Israel.

 

Sanmeet Kaur can now look forward to leaving cancer behind, thanks to you.

 

4. Doubling Your Impact, Slicing Our Fees To 0%

 

No matter what their cause, all our campaigners could now benefit by availing the 0% platform fee fundraiser

 

We realized that what our campaigners, and you, needed most in this hour was to get  more of the amount raised and donated. We needed to step up too. So we brought down our platform fee to 0%! This option - now available across all fundraisers - changed things fundamentally. In simple terms, it meant that a larger portion of your contribution went directly to the cause. 

 

5. Putting Fundraising In Your Hands 

 

It is vital for campaigners to be able to view and access their campaigns details easily. To that end, a personalised fundraising dashboard, along with an Android mobile application, was already available to our users. This year, a further option of an iOS mobile application was launched for our campaigners. Fundraising is easier on the go - for one, for all. 

 

6. Along The Way, Our Efforts Were Recognised By The Government

 

A snapshot of the 30 winners at the Women Transforming India awards

 

The Government of India - through the Niti Aayog - has been recognising India’s women leaders and changemakers. The 2020 edition - presided over by Hon’ble Defence Minister Rajnath Singh - awarded 30 women from diverse sectors and businesses. It was here that Khushboo Jain was feted for being a trailblazer, through ImpactGuru’s crowdfunding platform.

 

7. Our Efforts Were Recognized On Various Other Platforms Too

 

The Economic Times Intelligent Health & Tech Awards 2020 were awarded to healthcare-focused AI & Tech enterprises. Here, ImpactGuru was recognised as the Best Technology Solution For Social Good. Meanwhile, at the Integrated Health & Wellbeing (IHW) Council Awards, ImpactGuru was declared the best Health Financing Award in India. Co-founder Khushboo Jain also won at the She The People Digital Women Awards 2020, in the Leadership and Marketing category.

 

Winning this award at the ET Intelligent Health & Tech Awards was a recognition of the trust placed in us by our users, as well as the sheer number of patients we have been able to help 

 

8. When You Stood By Our Efforts, It Magnified In The Media

 

Together, we made a lot of headlines this year! 

 

Our co-founders, Khushboo and Piyush Jain featured on CNBC TV18 to talk about the importance of this 0% platform fee initiative. In conversation, the growing relevance of crowdfunding was also touched upon, especially in the times of the global pandemic.

 

A screengrab from the televised interview on CNBC TV18

 

Forbes India talked to India’s crowdfunding platforms to understand how it worked, and how it was impacting people for the better. Co-founder Piyush Jain explained where crowdfunding fits in India’s healthcare space. He also spoke of the checks and balances built into online crowdfunding, in order to safeguard the interests of the donors. 

 

ImpactGuru co-founder Piyush Jain, in conversation with Forbes India 

 

The film-makers of the movie Chhapaak featuring Deepika Padukone partnered with us to create awareness on the stigma and mental and physical pain acid victims go through. The successful campaign was also an opportunity to thank donors who supported causes like these. And one of our lucky donors got a chance to meet the stars of the movie! 

 

ImpactGuru’s tie-up with Chhapaak, profiled by Economic Times

 

9. Celebrities Stepped Up To The Situation 


Shaan, with Aakanksha VFABS and HelpAge India, began an online fundraiser to provide help to the elderly and low-income sections of society

 

As India grappled with the pandemic and the resultant crises, it's more influential citizens rose to the challenge. Singer Shaan partnered with non-profit organizations to provide dry rations and hygiene kits to the vulnerable sections of society; the campaign raised about Rs. 5 lakh. Actress Ira Dubey meanwhile, campaigned to provide PPE kits to our frontline medical workers, and raised more than Rs. 1 lakh. Celebrities all across the country contributed their bit, and through social media, encouraged their friends and fans to do the same too. Actor & director Harish Shankar, actress Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya and comedian Rohan Joshi are just some of the many names involved. 

 

Ira Dubey’s online fundraising campaign raised funds to procure PPE kits for our frontline medical workers.

As India grappled with the pandemic and the resultant crises, it's more influential citizens rose to the challenge. Singer Shaan partnered with non-profit organizations to provide dry rations and hygiene kits to the vulnerable sections of society. Actress Ira Dubey meanwhile, campaigned to provide PPE kits to our frontline medical workers. Celebrities all across the country contributed their bit, and through social media, encouraged their friends and fans to do the same too. Actor & director Harish Shankar, actress Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya and comedian Rohan Joshi are just some of the many names involved. 

 

10. Brands Pitched In As Well

 

Big Basket raised funds to provide cooked meals to the needy, in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Noida, Chennai and Mumbai. Grofers used a crowdfunding campaign to provide foodgrains and essentials to the elderly in old-age homes. Yatra began a campaign to support distressed airline and airport employees. Alt Balaji appealed to people to help feed the underprivileged. 

The pandemic left the most vulnerable without any support; fundraisers - and your support - stepped in to rescue them
 

These were our top exceptional moments, out of many others, in this year. All of this though - the patients saved, the helpless helped, the recognition received -  was made possible through your support.  As the new year begins, we look to you and say: ‘Let’s Continue Making Impact’    

 

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