Run for Avanti – Next up – 10th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon!

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Run for Avanti – Why and What?

Because we’re trying to Bridge India’s Educational Divide.

A majority of marathon runners around the world help raise funds for a cause – and a lot of it. The Virgin London Marathon raises Rs. 250 crores every year. In India, the previous Standard CharteredMumbai Marathonraised Rs. 12 crores and the previous Airtel Delhi Half Marathon raised Rs. 3.3 crores.

 

 

Avanti Fellows is participating in the following marathons


and we need YOUR help! Sarika recently ran the NYC 2012 Half Marathon for Avanti and raised Rs. 2.5 lakh in the process. You can too!

  • Wonder where the money will go? Our audited annual financials are shared here.
  • Think running is hard? Meet Lloyd Scott* of London, who finished running London marathon in a diving suit! *Ok, so he used to be a professional footballer. But running is good for health!
  • Doubt your ability to raise funds? Meet Aashna Kaul of Delhi, all of 14 last year, who raised more than Rs. 1.5 lakh in support of education!

Run for Avanti – Where, When and How?

Boston Marathon 15th April 2013

Heads up all those running in the upcoming 2013 Boston Marathon (April 15th, 2013) – ’tis the season to be jolly 🙂 You could fundraise for us through your run via crowdrise
1) Go to “Fundraise for this event”
2) Go to “Create a new team”
3) Create a name, upload a photo (or not) and search for “Avanti Fellows USA”
And you’re ready to help some really motivated kids overcome social and financial barriers in getting to college!

Mumbai Marathon 20th January 2013

Step 1. Run the Marathon.

  • Limited Charity Bibs available with Avanti for ALL race catergories (Full 42 km, Half 21 km, Dream 6km, Sr. Citizen Run 4.3km, 2.5 Wheelchair event). Only Marathon category available through regular registrations right now.
  • If you are interested in a Charity Bib, mail us at marathon@avantifellows.org
  • If you are already registered for the marathon skip to step 2. 

Step 2. Make Fundraising Page and Publicise! (Only Indian donations possible currently)

  • You can raise funds both online and offline.
  • Fundraising has started and will go on till 30th January 2013.
  • Online – Setup a fundraising page and share!
  • Offline – Cheques have to be addressed to “United Way of Mumbai” and collected by the fundraiser and mailed to us at 

          Avanti Fellows, 4th Floor, Candelar Building,
          26 St John Baptist Road,
          Near Mount Mary Steps,
          Bandra (W), Mumbai 400 050

Step 3: Money reaches Avanti!

  • We are registered with Mumbai Marathon’s official charity partner – United Way of Mumbai who do a background check on all NGOs registering with them.
  • They shall be collecting the money raised by all fundraisers for a cause/NGO of their choice and issuing 80G tax exemption certificates to the donors for the same.
  • 100% of the money raised for all NGOs shall be disbursed to them in a few months after the event. United Way of Mumbai is absorbing all admin expenses and gateway fees this year.
  • Read more details or contact us at marathon@avantifellows.org

Delhi Marathon 30th September 2012 (Route maps – Race over)

Step 1. Run the Marathon:

  • Registrations Closed and race over!
  • We have 10 mighty marathoners who ran for Avanti!
  • If you also want to be one and already ran the marathon skip to step 2!

Step 2. Make Fundraising Page and Publicise! (Only Indian donations possible currently)

  • You can raise funds both online and offline.
  • Fundraising will go on till 15th November 2012.
  • Online – Setup a fundraising page and share!
  • Offline – Cheques have to be addressed to “Concern India Foundation” and collected by the fundraiser (You can call 022 4302 3999 to arrange home picks ups of cash/cheques by Gharpay) and mailed to us at 

          Avanti Fellows, 4th Floor, Candelar Building,
          26 St John Baptist Road,
          Near Mount Mary Steps,
          Bandra (W), Mumbai 400 050

Step 3: Money reaches Avanti!

  • We are registered with Delhi Marathon’s official charity partner – Concern India Foundation who do a background check on all NGOs registering with them.
  • They shall be collecting the money raised by all fundraisers for a cause/NGO of their choice and issuing 80G tax exemption certificates to the donors for the same.
  • 93% of the money raised for all NGOs shall be disbursed to them in a few months after the event. 7% is retained by Concern India Foundation for their admin expenses and gateway fees.
  • Read more details or contact us at marathon@avantifellows.org

Fundraising Target  – Sky is the limit (We would appreciate a minimum pledge of Rs. 20,000)

An average marathon runner takes 40,000 steps to run the 21km of a half marathon. Every step of this way can help a low income student go to college.

 

Sponsor a Fellow: Half a rupee raised for every step you take to finish the half marathon would raise just about the amount we need to provide one child mentoring and tutoring for a year – Rs. 20,000.

Currently we have 350 Fellows enrolled with us (including the Chennai Corporation after-school program). With your support, we hope to take that number to 1000 by next year.

Sponsor a Learning Center: About twelve and a half rupees raised for every step you take to finish the half marathon would raise just about the amount we need to set up a learning center – Rs. 5,00,000.

Our pilot learning center is running in Pondicherry. We plan to set up at least 10 learning centers in the next year.

 

 

Fundraising Incentives – A token of our appreciation

  • For every Rs. 20,000 raised by any fundraiser – get a personalized Avanti Donor T-shirt
  • For every Rs. 5,00,000 raised by an/a individual/group fundraiser – get to name a learning center (in addition to the Avanti Donor T-shirts for every Rs.20,000!)

For student fundraisers, get 8% (Delhi) / 9% (Mumbai) of whatever you raise back up to a maximum of Rs. 800 (Delhi) / Rs. 900 (Mumbai) – i.e.your marathon registration fees reimbursed fully or partially! In case of Mumbai this applies only if you are NOT running with our charity bib. Over and above that, incentives above apply.

For everybody, you either raise funds individually or set up a fundraising page as a group. Mail us at marathon@avantifellows.org with your names/email ids in case you want to raise funds as a group.

If you set yourself a high target you can use incentives for your donors too – like T-shirts for the first 5 donors who give a certain minimum amount (we give you 1 T-shirt for every Rs. 20,000 raised). Be creative in getting people to give!

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