Award ( July 29, 2017 )
Mr. Santanu Mishra is the Co-Founder and Executive Trustee of Smile Foundation. Mr. Mishra who looks after the overall operations, planning and strategy of the organization did his graduation in commerce stream and is a certified Company Sectary. On the academic front he further excelled by completing his management education from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). He had a successful stint in the corporate sector as a finance professional before devoting most of his time in the social sector. Smile Foundation began its journey formally in 2002, pioneering the principles of good governance in the non-profits and the innovative concept of Social Venture Philanthropy (SVP), with the latter handholding grassroots NGOs to achieve accountability, scalability, sustainability and leadership. In the year 2005, Mr. Mishra quit his fulltime corporate career and got completely involved in making Smile Foundation a structured and successful non-profit organization.
His dedication made Smile Foundation become one of the most successful non-profit organizations in India in a span of just 10 years. Mr. Mishra believes that unless privileged section of the society takes proactive role in the process of development as equal partners, the outcome of development will only remain inadequate and incomplete. With an objective to sensitize the privileged masses on the issue of child education, he produced a feature film "I AM KALAM" which won 23 awards across the globe, reaching out to around 30 countries.
Smile Foundation has won many accolades and awards under the guidance of Mr. Santanu Mishra, which include Asia Pacific Child Rights Award, Healthcare Leadership Award, Barclay's Bank Chairman Award and GE Healthcare-Modern Medicare Excellence Award to name a few.
At present Smile Foundation is reaching out to more than 400,000 underprivileged children, youth and women directly every year through more than 200 live welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, youth employability, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.