social equality and the environment are now business
problems. And corporate leaders can’t depend on
governments to solve them…” - Peter Senge,
founder, Society for Organisational Learning
Inspired by Senge’s philosophy, a group of young
corporate professionals came together in 2002 to set
up Smile Foundation to work with grassroots initiatives
for effecting positive changes in the lives of underprivileged
children, their families and communities.
Work as a catalyst in bringing change in the lives of
thousands of underprivileged and marginalised children,
youth and women, by addressing their basic
• Enable the civil society across the world to
engage proactively in the change process through the
philosophy of civic driven change.
• Adopt highest standards of governance to emerge
as a leading knowledge and technology driven, innovative
and scalable international development organisation.
children, their family and community at the centre stage
of our development initiatives, we began our journey
in 2002. Education of underprivileged children was the
core area of focus as it is the key to addressing human
development issues like poverty, healthcare, unemployment,
population control, human rights, etc. Thus Mission
Education, a programme providing elementary education
to underprivileged children, was developed.
A child getting educated needed to be healthy. Studies
have shown linkages between health and education. The
health of a child is dependent on the health of his/her
family, particularly the mother. Thus a mobile healthcare
programme, Smile on Wheels was started, providing preventive
and affordable curative healthcare services to people
in remote areas and urban slums.
Over the years a need was felt for integrating education
with job-oriented skills to cater to the growing demands
of market. Smile Twin e-Learning Programme evolved as
a logical linkage to Mission Education for skills for
enhancing the prospects of employment of youth in the
fast expanding retail, hospitality and service sectors.
India has consistently fared poorly on the Gender Inequality
Index of the Global Human Development Report. Its poor
performance on women’s empowerment and gender
equality is further reflected in indicators of health,
education and employment. Addressing this pressing issue,
Swabhiman programme for empowerment of women and girls
was introduced to enable them to lead a life of dignity
through realisation of self-esteem and inner potential.
Our approach was
initially broad based on the innovative concept of Social
Venture Philanthropy, adapted from the successful business
model of venture capital. Under this model, we partnered
with emerging and committed grassroots organisations
for reaching out to underprivileged communities through
education and healthcare of children. The grassroots
organisations were further hand-held for sustainability,
scaling up and leadership. Gradually a need was felt
for a holistic life cycle approach. Realising that the
well-being of children is intertwined with their family
and community, we adopted the integrated model of development,
weaving initiatives like education for children, healthcare
for people, skill enhancement for youth, and empowerment
of women and girls. This model was implemented through
a two-pronged approach of working through community
based organisations as well as direct implementation
of our development initiatives.
Foundation is managed by a Board of Advisors comprising
individuals from diverse backgrounds and expertise.
The board is formed for a period of one year and a few
independent members with eminence and reputation are
nominated each year. Members of this board meet once
of the Board of Advisors are as follow:
1. Mr. Santanu Mishra
2. Mr. Yogesh Jagia
3. Mr. Praveen Gupta
4. Mr. Nesar Ahmad
Mishra is an associate member of ICSI (Institute
of Company Secretaries of India) and an alumni of Indian
Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). A law graduate,
Mr. Mishra specialises in enterprise transformation,
strategies and scaling up.
Jagia, is a lawyer by profession with specialisation
in economic laws. He practises in Delhi High Court and
Supreme Court of India.
Gupta is a Masters in Business & Economics
(MBE) from Delhi University. He advises top corporate
houses in India on various strategic issues.
Ahmad, is a fellow member of ICSI (Institute
of Company Secretaries of India). He specialises in
company secretarial services, corporate laws, business
re-structuring, merger & amalgamation, merchant
banking and legal matters. He was the
President of ICSI.
| AWARD/RECOGNITION & ACCREDITATION/EMPANELMENT
Excellence Award 2013 (Instituted by ASSOCHAM and The
• IPE Corporate Excellence Award (NGO Excellence)
• Quality Initiative Mission Award 2013
• Healthcare Leadership Award 2012
• Represents India as nominated member of Together4Change
• GE Healthcare-Modern Medicare Excellence Award
• Asia-pacific Child Rights Awards
• NTR Memorial Trust Award
• Barclays Bank Chairman’s Awards
• Features in Inventive Indians, an iconic book
on great stories of change by Civil Society
with National CSR Hub at TISS, an initiative under Ministry
of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises.
• Accredited as Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
India validated charity since 2012.
• Accredited as IRD-registered non-profit organisation
with Guide Star
• Listed as member organisation with United Way
Worldwide, a network of nearly 1,800 community based
United Ways in 45 countries.
Smile Foundation reaches out to more than 300,000 children,
youth and women through 158 welfare projects across
25 states of India.