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Charity – Run for a Cause

  • How is the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon connected with charity?

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has assumed a stature of eminence, being the largest single charity and philanthropic sporting event in India. Each year, more than 200 NGOs participate in the event and raise funds for their respective organizations. Many participants use the event as a reason to give back to their society and the underprivileged. The charity aspect is well regulated and hence, serves as an assurance to prospective donors.

  • What is the role of Official Charity Partner United Way of Mumbai?

United Way of Mumbai is the Charity Partner for Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon since 2009. The Charity Partner serves as a Philanthropy Exchange for various charities and non-profits. All donations are routed through the charity partner and then to the respective NGOs, bringing in accountability and transparency in the system.

  • Which charities are eligible for fund-raising through this event?

Only those charities registered with the event’s official charity partner are eligible for fund- raising through this event. United Way of Mumbai conducts a preliminary scrutiny process and due diligence for registering the NGOs for SCMM. The list of these charities is published on the United Way of Mumbai website as well as the official event website.

  • How do I choose a cause?

United Way of Mumbai (UWM) endeavors to partner with as many charities from diverse causes and bring them all under the umbrella of Marathon fundraising. Simply think about the cause that is closest to your heart, and select the specific charity working in that area, from the list provided on our website http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/marathon.htm.  This list keeps on updating as and when more NGOs register.

  • In case the charity of my choice has not registered with you for the event, what do you suggest I do?

You can always get in touch with the particular charity and get them registered with UWM. Please ask them to email / write to us expressing their interest in participating in the event. A request is that the contact information should be clear, updated and legible. UWM will then send them a registration form which they will need to fill and send back to UWM.

  • Can an NGO based outside Mumbai register for the event?

Yes, NGOs based anywhere in India can register for the event. However NGO’s based outside the country and not possessing 80G registration are not eligible to register as UWM would be unable to issue 80G tax exemption receipts to donors on their behalf.

  • Can I run for more than one charity?

Yes, you can run for more than one charity. But it is advisable to run for a single charity so that there is maximum impact of the funds that are donated.

 

  • What if I am not sure which charity to run for?

UWM will aid you in the process of short listing a set of charities that closely fit the criteria list you would require to provide. The charity that UWM will shortlist will be from among the ones that are registered for the event.

  • Is there an email id where we can clarify our doubts?

Yes. All queries can be mailed to scmm@unitedwaymumbai.org and they will be answered.

  • What is pledge raising?

Pledge Raising is an initiative where an individual collects donations for a charity he/she feels strongly about by asking his/her friends, colleagues and other acquaintances for funds. Pledge Raising not only gives you a chance to make a difference in the life of underprivileged but also sets you on the path of social networking for a noble cause.

  • What happens if I don’t reach my target?

You will, don’t even start with that thought! With the right commitment and a good fundraising plan you have plenty of time and support you need from United Way Mumbai to reach your fundraising goal.

  • What’s the easiest and best way for me to keep track of my pledges?

Create an Online Giving Page at www.unitedwaymumbai.org/marathon.htm and you can easily  track pledges online from your supporters. For offline payments, use the pledge sheet which can be downloaded from our website. It is the easiest way to keep track of all the pledges you have raised. Remember to update the sheet as soon as you receive a pledge, and make sure you record the full address of all your donors on the pledge sheet, as this is required by Income Tax Law April 1, 2006 onwards.

  • What are the modes of collection I can use to raise pledges?
  • Online by creating your own Online Giving Page on our website.
  • Offline through cheques. Every donor needs to make a cheque in favor of ‘United Way of Mumbai’
  • Fill up the pledge sheet with donor details and send it to UWM’s office along with the cheques.
  • You can download the pledge kit from http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/marathon.htm
  • Do all the pledges for the listed charities have to go through United Way of Mumbai?

Yes. Pledges that flow through United Way of Mumbai will be acknowledged on the United Way of Mumbai website at the end of the event. Individual donors to your cause will also be able to get receipts and tax certificates for their contributions. This whole process will ensure transparency in accounting for your funds.
Receipts for online donations will be emailed directly to the donor. 80G Receipts for cheques received will be sent out between February and March 2014. Please make sure that the address of the donor has been mentioned clearly.

  • When will United Way of Mumbai give the money to the charity?

Disbursements for all donations raised from the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2014, will be given out in installments. All disbursements will be completed before 31st March, 2014.

  • What is “Online Giving”?

This is a quick and easy way to collect money for an NGO or charity of your choice. You provide details of why you’re raising funds for a cause close to your heart and create Online Giving webpage that your friends and family can visit and donate on through a secure payment gateway. United Way of Mumbai will then transfer the amount you have collected to your chosen charity. Online Giving provides you with a simple and convenient platform to collect money for a good cause. You can also reach out to people outside Mumbai.

An online page can be linked to only one charity. If you wish to support multiple charities then you will need to create multiple pages.

The names of the donors, their email ids and the amount they have contributed through your Online Giving page are accessible to you when you login to your page.
Your pledge page will be valid till January 31st, 2014. Once the end date is reached, your page can only be viewed, but it will not be possible to donate on the page.

IMPORTANT DATES

Corporate Challenge

Team Size No of Teams Teams per Corporate Registration fee per team Registration Closes
25 200 Max 7 Rs. 4,00,000 30th September 2013
15 50 Rs. 2,75,000

Dream Teamers

Categories Registration amount Targets Registration opens Registration closes
Dream Champions Rs. 50,000/-

Rs. 10,00,000/-

19th August 2013 9th December 2013
Dream Wizards Rs. 25,000/- Rs. 5,00,000/-
Dream Makers Rs. 10,000/- Rs. 1,50,000/-

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