The NGO Awards are a unique, national competition that aims to celebrate and reward leading non-governmental and non-profit organisations which have demonstrated best practice in creative and successful resource mobilisation, financial management, governance and impact on the community. The India NGO Awards – now in their seventh year – are organized by the Resource Alliance and jointly funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and EdelGive Foundation. This year, over 250 NGOs from all over the country competed across the three different categories
Ashvin Dayal ,Managing Director,Asia ,The Rockefeller Foundation and Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation commending Unnati for being one of the Finalists in the India Ngo awards .
‘It’s a great privilege to be associated with the process of India NGO awards’, said Ashvin Dayal, Managing Director, Asia, The Rockefeller Foundation, and added: ‘The NGO sector needs to be acknowledged for the incredible work it does. However, it often does not receive any level of recognition. It has been an amazing journey so far with the NGO Awards and we look forward to many such associations.’
Vidya Shah , said: ‘We are incredibly honoured to be associated with such a kind of process. It is simply a way to celebrate excellence and hard work. NGOs remain a vital bridge between the societies of India, therefore this kind of appreciation is immensely important.’
Rising Star was given to Shri Guru Bhajan Samaj Trust (SGBS Trust) (Bangalore). The winners were chosen by a jury who selected according to criteria relating to the NGOs demonstration of best practices of impact, scalability and replicability, innovation and sustainability.
Smt. Preneet Kaur, Honourable Minister of State for External Affairs honoring Unnati with the Rising star award.
Gen Surat Sandhu, Chair, The Resource Alliance India,Ashvin Dayal ,Managing Director,Asia ,The Rockefeller Foundation , Smt. Preneet Kaur, Honourable Minister of State for External Affairs,Ramesh Swamy – Trustee Unnati ,Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation
Smt. Preneet Kaur, Honourable Minister of State for External Affairs who was the Chief Guest lauded the Resource Alliance for instituting such unique award that not only project the exemplary work done by Indian NGOs but also bestow on them much-needed recognition. Speaking at the ceremony last night, Smt Preneet Kaur said: ‘I applaud The Rockfeller Foundation, EdelGive Foundation and the Resource Alliance for conducting the India NGO Awards 2012-13 and encouraging Indian NGOs. It is a great privilege to celebrate excellence which aims at not only best practice in the sector but also highlights critical issues. Awards like these act as a catalyst towards a better India. I also take this opportunity to convey my best wishes to the team since this is a tremendous opportunity to fill in the gaps in a very constructive and better manner.’