Skills needed to work in a charity

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What are the skills needed to work in a charitable organization? I want to equip myself with these skills so that I give my best when I work at a charity.

I am a management / engg graduate and have many years experience as a management consultant in the area of quality management, PLM, project management, consulting.

I do not see myself in the role of a teacher for the differently abled, teaching English or Maths or IT skills. What about other areas such as planning the IT infrastructure, fund raising, ensuring proper functioning of the school?

I feel that most of my skills can be applied but if there were more, please post here. I will do my best to either train myself or attend classes.

Thanks for your suggestions.
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Originally Posted by iseeking View Post What are the skills needed to work in a charitable organization? I want to equip myself with these skills so that I give my best when I work at a charity.

I am a management / engg graduate and have many years experience as a management consultant in the area of quality management, PLM, project management, consulting.

I do not see myself in the role of a teacher for the differently abled, teaching English or Maths or IT skills. What about other areas such as planning the IT infrastructure, fund raising, ensuring proper functioning of the school?

I feel that most of my skills can be applied but if there were more, please post here. I will do my best to either train myself or attend classes.

Thanks for your suggestions.
Checkout various job sites and you would see the skills they ask.
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Maybe this link will give you some idea. It lists different organizations/portals listing opportunities for volunteering.

you could also check this site for some ideas.

good luck.
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Originally Posted by iseeking View Post What are the skills needed to work in a charitable organization? I want to equip myself with these skills so that I give my best when I work at a charity.
You do charity with skills you already have, you do not spend time on something you will use in charity unless you want to devote your life in that work. Learning something to use in charity is double the time out from your usual work, which will impact your life negatively, and charity only begins once you are doing OK.

But as far as fund raising is required, any charitable organisation will embrace you whole wholeheartedly if you can raise funds. There is no skill apart form good way of telling someone with diplomatic touch, that what a worthless life they have if they do not spend something on charity.
If you find my posts confrontationist, please bear, I am an old frustrated guy who has nothing better to do than sit on rocking chair and curse the world whole day
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post ...that what a worthless life they have if they do not spend something on charity.
and once they part with whatever was worth someting in their life, their life will truly be worthless.
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Thanks for those links. I am mystified that one has to pay to volunteer.

A family member joined her colleagues to open a school for the poor, differently abled. They are not always able to get government funds. Once they were invited to Delhi by some central government department for an interview. The school paid from its own meagre resources to pay for the visit. At the end of the visit, the govt official demanded 30% of the funds in cash, so that the (rest of the) funds may be released! They now manage purely on private donations.

I know that their funds are managed well, no corruption. The retired lecturer who looks after the school started it because she could not get admission for her daughter with several disabilities into any of the existing schools. Nobody understood that such students need special facilities and teachers.

This is the school I want to help, not just financially but in other ways (except teaching - I do not have those skills) such as managing their resources, improving the facilities. The school is www.manasaindia.org

That is the background to my question. Thanks for your help.
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Ask them what help they want. I guess fund raising and awareness building and publicity would be where you could help.
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Your school of choice lists on its website how people can help.

http://www.manasaindia.org/index.php/support-us/

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Purchase items like Greeting Cards, Dolls, D&S Powders, Candles etc. prepared by vocational students.
Work as Volunteers / in class room activities / arranging transport to the children /organising Picnics/marketing vocational items etc.
Notwithstanding that you have been clear about volunteering for one particular school, there are many volunteering opportunities, using the skills you already have.

http://www.charity-charities.org/Ind...Hyderabad.html

http://www.saciwaters.org/about.html
http://www.saciwaters.org/get-involved.html
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Thanks a lot for the list of charities in Hyderabad. I know exactly what to do now. And that gives me an idea: i can help Manasa even while doing other types of charity. This is just great.

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To add,
since you want to work with the differentially abled;
The National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (under the central govt.) is in Hyderabad itself. You can get in touch for any details. In fact, their website also has many helpful stuff. http://www.nimhindia.org/Index.html
The best training that I know in India which is provided for people who want to work in this field is given by CIMR, which incidentally, is also the first organisation in India imparting such a training. Some of the concepts of Fr. Thomas Felix (the founder) are wonderful. The institute is in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. You can get more details here: http://www.cimr.info/current.html
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Originally Posted by adam00121 View Post and once they part with whatever was worth someting in their life, their life will truly be worthless.
adam00121; I am sorry, but what you said is not very clear to me...for some reason I think what you said did not mean worthless in the literal sense, did it? But, may be, something in the lines of invaluable?
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Oh, My apologies. I was probably in a uncharitable mood.
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Thanks to all of you, I have received lot of information.
As far as " iseeking"s question is concerned, our focus should be on what the organisation requires, than what we have individually.

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