Philanthropy -  Overview

 

At the Philanthropy, we make multi-year grants to not-for-profit organizations who work with the most vulnerable in our society. Through such support, people who are deeply disadvantaged and marginalized are offered immediate care, access to essential services, and the possibility of a dignified future.

Through our grants, we support a range of initiatives - at the level of a community of marginalized people, as well as at the level of the Government service delivery systems. For instance, we support our partners to provide shelter to homeless people living on the streets of Kolkata, and support improving last mile access to the welfare services for the communities living in the tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh.

We work in a range of thematic areas. Illustratively, this includes: Urban homeless, Persons with disability, Women survivors of violence, Adolescent girls at risk, Street children, Elderly poor, Manual scavengers, Rag pickers, Migrant workers, Transgenders and other gender minorities, Farmers with marginal landholding, Particularly vulnerable tribal groups, and Water-deficient communities.

Our teams in each area focus on developing an understanding of the issues, and building partnerships towards a common set of goals. We systematically engage with our partner organizations and communities to reflect and learn, with an aim to improve the lives of these communities.

 

Areas we work in

Through the grants, we support our partner organizations working in the following areas (Portfolios)

 

 

Portfolio

Description

1

Gender justice

Issues around women, adolescent girls, and transgender & other gender minorities

2

Children in need of care and protection

Street children, children doing hazardous labour, runaway children, children in conflict with law

3

Disability

Persons with physical or mental disabilities

4

Urban poor

Deals with exploding urban destitution, including the homeless, people living in slums, elderly poor, migrants, waste pickers, manual scavengers

5

Land & forest dependent groups

Vulnerabilities of marginal farmers, landless workers, pastoral and tribal communities

6

Odisha nutrition

Reducing childhood stunting through health, nutrition and hygiene

7

Governance

Improve last mile access to welfare services. Access to justice for the most vulnerable. Local democracy (panchayati raj)

8

Constitutional values

Fellowships and youth programs to promote democratic values

9

Geography

Focused attention on selected regions. Includes North East Karnataka (where we have a large Field presence), Andhra Pradesh (where we have two large systemic engagements), Jharkhand

10

Strengthening civil society

Helping NGOs build support functions through shared services and capacity building. Strengthening early stage NGOs and community based organisations