Smile Foundation looks for social entrepreneurs
– innovative, passionate leaders with vision and ideas
about effecting change in the community through children
- their education, overall development; and creating more
social value from limited resources.
Coming across such initiatives / enterprise,
Smile seeks introductory / background information about
the person(s) or the organization; the genesis and evolution
of the intervention, target area and beneficiaries, level
of expenditures involved and source(s) of finance etc. Smile
has developed specific formats - both for individuals and
organizational initiatives - to seek such information.
On scrutiny of these information, Smile,
subsequently, enters into a dialogue with the concerned
individual/ organization; makes a conscious attempt to assess
individual's / institutional commitment, need of the area
/ community; and does an assessment of duration of support
and financial assistance along with quantity / quality of
deliverables and likely impact.
Subsequently a visit to the project site
is made by Smile's professionals which involves on-the-spot
verification of genuineness of proposed / on-going interventions,
need for the same in the geographic area / community, community
response and potentials of the community.
Audited statement of accounts of previous
year(s) is examined in case of institutions and expenditures
details of past one year in case of individual initiatives.
On the basis of above mentioned criteria,
Smile takes the conscious decision to extend its financial
and technical support, and subsequently enters into a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) followed by release of fund.
The approach and priority for intervention
support, as consciously followed by Smile, is bound to unearth
and support many publicity-shy, quieter and unnoticed human/
institutional welfare initiatives undertaken by socially
sensitive and dedicated people, of whom there is no dearth
of, in our vast country.
Smile Foundation endeavours towards Development of Social Entrepreneurs through identification, capacity building, handholding, extending financial and technical resources, which is one of the prime objectives of the organisation. Through this process of developing social entrepreneurship, the organization also works for development of entrepreneurial institutions in the process by supporting grassroots level NGOs (non governmental organizations) across India, and very soon in south Asia. Smile’s social entrepreneurship development models cover the states of Uttar Pradesh (UP), New Delhi NCR, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Uttranchal or Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam and Manipur in north east areas, Wets Bengal (Kolkata), Orissa, Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad), Karnataka (Bangalore), Tamil Nadu (Chennai), Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra (Mumbai or Bombay), Gujarat (Ahmedabad), Rajasthan (Jaipur), Chhattisgarh (Raipur) and Jammu & Kashmir. The foundation has regional offices in south India, north India, eastern states, central India and costal areas and the infrastructure is utilized for institutionalization of social enterpreneurs in India. The foundation encourages institutional development of genuine grassroots level NGO, trust, charitable centres and small charities, non profits across India through small grant funding and technical skill building.