About Us


Sustainability, 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.

Non Profit Organization in India - Working for Child Education


Work as a catalyst in bringing sustainable change in the lives of underprivileged children, youth and women, with a life-cycle approach of development.

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.


Smile Foundation, a non-profit organization in india is to empower underprivileged children, youth and women through relevant education, innovative healthcare and market-focused livelihood programmes.

Smile Foundation is to deploy best possible methodology and technology for achieving ideal SROI (social return on investment), to practice and promote good governance. To link business competitiveness of the corporate with social development initiatives; also to sensitize privileged children, youth and citizens in general to promote Civic Driven Change.


Smile Foundation believes that unless members of the civil society are involved proactively in the process of development, sustainable change will not happen. Believing in this principle of 'Civic Driven Change', Smile Foundation sensitises the civil society in order to make them partners in its mission.

People Behind Smile

Smile Foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees, who are supported by an Advisory Panel comprising of individuals from diverse backgrounds and expertise, and a Management Team which comprises of experienced professionals working with Smile Foundation.


Mr. Santanu Mishra

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. Mr. Mishra has been the Executive Trustee of Smile Foundation since 2005 and has actively led the structuring and scaling up of the organization.

Mr. Manish Kumar

A Chartered Accountant, Cost and Management Accountant and a Company Secretary, Mr. Manish Kumar specializes in Strategic Management Consulting, International Finance and Entrepreneurship Development. As an Investor and a Philanthropist he has multidimensional exposure spread across various sectors in India and abroad. He has been associated with various charitable organizations and social causes aimed at alleviating various social malaise and bridging the gap or disparity in the society through various initiatives on education, healthcare, livelihood and capacity building since last two decade.

Mr. Yogesh Jagia

A lawyer by profession with specialisation in economic laws. He practises in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India.

Mr. Praveen Gupta

A Masters in Business & Economics (MBE) from Delhi University. He advises leading corporate houses in India on various strategic issues.

Mr. Ashok Chaudhary

A fellow member of ICAI. He specializes in strategic management and consulting. He gives strategic advices to companies.

Ms. Poonam Chopra

An investor and a philanthropist, Ms. Poonam Chopra has multidimensional exposure spread across various sectors in India and abroad.


Mr. Nesar Ahmad

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 is former President of the ICSI.

Dr. Ira Dash Rajguru

A Doctorate in Social Sciences with specialization in HR and women Issues, Dr. Ira has been working with HR dept. of Unicorp and subsequently worked as a HR consultant to Ingramico, Icons & V5 Global. Interested in writing, she has authored the book "Women and Education in Rajasthan."

Management Team

Lifecycle Approach:Children, their families and the community

Smile Foundation, an NGO working for child education believes that education is both the means as well as the end to a better life: the means because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one's awareness on a range of issues - from healthcare to appropriate social behaviour to understanding one's rights - and in the process help him/her evolve as a better citizen. Education is the most effective tool which helps children build a strong foundation; enabling them to free themselves from the vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty and disease.

Smile Foundation realized that Education for Children cannot be achieved without the family, particularly, unless the mother is assured of health care and empowered. Moreover, when an elder sibling is educated and relevantly skilled to be employable and begins earning, the journey of empowerment continues beyond the present generation.

Smile Foundation extended its thematic areas of intervention by supporting family health, livelihood, and women empowerment. Children, their families and the community become the target group for Smile Foundation's activities as child education cannot be done in isolation and nothing else but education for children can bring long lasting change in the society.

Working Model

Smile Foundation has evolved two working models namely, Social Venture Philanthropy (SVP) and Outreach. Depending on the necessity and circumstances, either of the models is deployed, making it one of the best non-profit organizations in India.

  Social Venture Philanthropy (SVP)

Social Venture Philanthropy (SVP) is an innovative model based on the business concept of venture capital. Under SVP, Smile Foundation not only identifies & implements its development projects through credible CBO's (Community Based Organisations) but also, handholds and builds capacities of these organizations, focusing on achieving scalability and sustainability, creating a culture of leadership and excellence and inculcating a deep sense of accountability among them.

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Under SVP, while working in the remote rural areas, Smile Foundation realized that many a time’ capacities of community based organizations (CBOs) were not adequate to meet the high expectations of large corporate social investors. Under Outreach model, Smile Foundation implements the development interventions directly as it requires intensive and professional engagement for a wider and sustained outcome.
Smile Foundation gets a first-hand experience in the nuances of development at the grassroots through its Outreach model and then implements the learning in its SVP Projects through its SVP Partners.

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Our Reach & Presence

Directly Benefitting more than


underprivileged children and families every year


Projects on subjects like education, healthcare, youth employment and women empowerment.



remote villages and slums across 25 states of India

Good Governance

Credibility and accountability have always been the bench mark for Smile Foundation and are achieved through the promotion of principles of good governance in the processes and practices. Smile Foundation has a four-tier audit and evaluation mechanism to ensure impact of investment and complete transparency and accountability in utilisation of funds. This four-tier audit mechanism reviews programmes and projects, internal operations, compliance of statutory norms and conducts an external evaluation for the impact and outcome of various development programmes. The entire management processes and practices of Smile Foundation are in compliance with the principles of good governance.

Awards & Empanelment


CSR Health Impact Awards 2020

CSR Health Impact Awards 2019

IPE NGO Excellence Award endorsed by World CSR Day & Asian Confederation of Business

Quality Initiative Mission Award

Certificate of Merit (Social Cause & Empowerment)

GuideStar India – NGO Transparency Award (Platinum Winner 2018)

Social Impact Award by Pratigya

Recognition for rendering valuable services under Social Responsibility by ICSI

NGO Leadership & Excellence Award 2015 by ABP News

Best NGO (Skill Development) for 2014-15 by ASSOCHAM

ICAI CSR Award for the Best CSR Project in Women Empowerment

Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award 2014 by ABP News

Education Excellence Award 2013 by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industries (ASSOCHAM)

Corporate Excellence Award for NGO Excellence 2013 by IPE (Institute of Public Enterprise)

Quality Initiative Mission Award 2013

Smile Foundation is an organisation in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of United Nations since 2012

Healthcare Leadership Award 2012

Represents India as nominated member of Together4Change Alliance

GE Healthcare - Modern Medicare Excellence Award

Asia-pacific Child Rights Awards

NTR Memorial Trust Award

Barclays Bank Chairman's Awards

I Am Kalam - 23 National and International Awards at 40 prestigious film festivals (Click here for details )

Empanelment & Accreditation

Verified by NGO Source as equivalent to US Public Charity

Smile Foundation's now accredited with GlobalGiving, one of the largest global crowd funding platforms.

Smile Foundation has been accredited as a Guidestar India Platinum validated charity

An Implementation Agency under CSR IA Hub of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) under aegis of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India

Smile Foundation has been accredited as a Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) America validated charity since 2014

Organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2012

Empanelled with National CSR Hub at TISS, an initiative under Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises

Accreditation with India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians, under the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Govt. of India

Accredited as Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India validated charity since 2012

Accredited as IRD-registered non-profit organisation with Guide Star

Listed as a member organisation with United Way Worldwide

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