its quest to play a meaningful contributory role in
society, Smile Foundation has chosen education as its
extension, we have also chosen to focus on educating
children - especially those who come from disadvantaged
communities and backgrounds, and who are denied access
to formal learning.
premise behind this endeavour is as simple as it is
you educate an underprivileged child, you effectively
alter the course of his or her life for the better.
And, by so doing, you also give that person the power
to favourably impact others
starting with members
of his or her immediate family. Persist, and a whole
generation can be affected by your initiative.
The recognition of this "multiplier effect"
is at the heart of Smile's operating philosophy. In
fact, it is also the driver behind our very approach
to resource distribution.
Social Venture Philanthropy model seeks to consciously
'broad-base' investment to maximize reach and optimize
returns. Instead of confining attention to a single
project and a limited number of beneficiaries, we focus
on providing support that leverages the strengths and
efforts of like minded individuals and organizations
countrywide. This way, we affect an exponentially larger
number of children than what we would have done otherwise
with the conventional one project 'infrastructure' model.
wonderful spin-off of this approach is the flowering
of a dynamic new breed of social entrepreneurs who are
passionate about what they are doing, and whose wholehearted
commitment to their cause virtually guarantees success
of the welfare delivery effort. This also ensures optimization
of benefits for respective target groups with excellent
transparency. In addition, there is a high probability
of such a successful entrepreneur replicating the Smile
experience - by becoming a similar source of support
for other like minded individuals elsewhere.
SVP assistance spans everything from providing seed
money for the project, venture capital for expansion
and capacity building, professional guidance, training
support, and even counseling on productivity and efficiency
newsletter is a tribute to our many partners in progress
: the numerous inspiring entrepreneurs and institutions
who we have had the privilege to associate with. It
is also a recapitulation of the spectrum of activities
and events that Smile has been a part of, all over India.
hope you enjoy this maiden issue. Because each section
in it reflects our desire to generate smiles everywhere!