Mouse-Click Ac­tivism

Want to make a dif­fer­ence in the world but don’t know how? Change is now at your fin­ger­tips!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - UPFRONT -

On­line ac­tivism has be­come a vi­ral phe­nom­e­non and has ef­fected a lot of change over the last few years (the lat­est one at­tempt­ing to de­port Justin Bieber to Canada has re­ceived a mixed re­sponse, BTW). But when it comes to things that ac­tu­ally mat­ter to you, ‘mouse-click ac­tivism’ is the newage way to pledge your al­le­giance to a cause, and stand up for what you be­lieve in with­out hav­ing to take to the streets in a rally. Here are six sites to help you ef­fect change in In­dia.

1. Smile Foun­da­tion In­dia (smile foun­da­tionin­dia.org)

One of In­dia’s leading NGOs, these guys ap­ply suc­cess­ful busi­ness strate­gies to so­cial ven­tures in ed­u­ca­tion, health, and girl child sup­port. You can click to sup­port, do­nate, and even vol­un­teer to help.

2. One Click At a Time (oneclick­ata­time.org)

We love this one be­cause it is lit­er­ally a one-stop spot to find the best of the web’s ‘click-to-do­nate’ causes. When you click on a link, the site’s spon­sors make a do­na­tion to that cause. Who do you help? The home­less, chil­dren need­ing food and ed­u­ca­tion, and an­i­mals—in just two sim­ple steps!

3. Causes (causes.com)

It is one of the world’s big­gest con­glom­er­ates that lets you lend your sup­port, do­nate to, or pe­ti­tion for any cause that you feel con­nected to. You sign up through your Face­book ac­count or e-mail, and their ef­fec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion with so­cial me­dia lets you get the word out in­stantly and eas­ily.

4. Give In­dia (givein­dia.org)

You can do­nate to over 150 cred­i­ble In­dian NGOs through Give In­dia, each one hand­picked and ver­i­fied. Feel-good bonus: you also re­ceive an 80G or 35AC tax sav­ing re­ceipt, along with a de­tailed feed­back re­port on your char­ity.

5. In­dian Voice (in­di­an­voice.org)

This pe­ti­tion-fil­ing tool is free and is one of the most pop­u­lar ones right now. You can set up a pe­ti­tion of your own, or find one that sup­ports your cause. With thou­sands of mem­bers, it’s easy to reach out and in­ter­act with oth­ers who share your be­liefs.

6. Char­i­ties Aid Foun­da­tion In­dia (cafindia.org)

Their mis­sion is to shift re­sources from cor­po­ra­tions and high-net worth in­di­vid­u­als to the non-profit sec­tor. They de­velop grants for NGOs to make them more ef­fec­tive, ac­count­able and sus­tain­able.

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