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Empowering Grassroots

The growth of the non-profit sector in India, in the last two decades, has been phenomenal. Grassroots NGOs particularly, by engaging directly with the people, are able to participate in the thought-making process of the communities they work with, and thus have the capacity to bring about long-lasting positive change.

Realizing this potential, many genuine organisations have been playing a crucial role in the social and economic growth of the nation, also empowering the bottom of the social and economic pyramid. But their good intentions and hard work are often hindered by various challenges – from unprepared leadership to organisational anomalies, from inadequate resources to an inability to communicate effectively with their target audience.

Hence, there is a crucial need for a dedicated and effective endeavour that is focused on enabling, training and handholding small, genuine NGOs to maximise their efforts on the ground.

Smile Foundation, believing in the ability of grassroots NGOs to bring real change in the community, works towards empowering and enabling them, through its national level capacity building programme, Empowering Grassroots. Genuine grassroots NGOs are identified from all over the country and trained to bring excellence, good governance, accountability and sustainability at the community level.

Under Empowering Grassroots, intensive training workshops simplifying complex management models, resource mobilisation techniques, effective communication strategies and fund-utilisation mechanisms are held for the selected grassroots NGOs from across the country, which are facilitated by experts from relevant fields.

 
 

However, realising that capacity building is a deep, long-term commitment and with an aim to achieve the highest social return on investment (SROI), Smile Foundation also partners with grassroots organisations to implement its welfare projects on the ground – in the process, interacting with the grassroots partners on a daily basis, understanding the community challenges first-hand, monitoring their progress regularly, and guiding them throughout to enhance their scalability and self-sustainability.   

Over the last ten years, Smile Foundation has successfully handheld more than 5000 grassroots organisations, building their capacities through intense and meaningful interventions round the year, having conducted more than 500 face-to-face meetings every year and more than 100 training workshops so far.

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Father Sebastian's Testimonials about Empowering Grassroots
"I was delighted to help Smile Foundation during the Empowering Grassroots programme in Mumbai. It is an innovative effort for preparing grassroots NGOs in India so to make them accountable, professional and sustainable. It was a unique experience for me to discover each participant’s passion and eagerness to learn new things which would benefit someone else’s life. I shall keep contributing to the programme and hope it grows further.”

Suman Srivastava

Corporate Trainer & Founder, Marketing Unplugged

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Suman Srivastava's Testimonials about Empowering Grassroots
"I am attending the programme for the second time this year. I have come here with open mind to learn, share and gain knowledge from Smile Foundation and fellow participants. It was informative, well prepared, well thought of and very useful workshop, which everybody would implement to gain new heights in serving the less privileged."

Father Sebastian

Founder, Don Bosco Navjeevan Society, Chandigarh

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