Smile Foundation and Wilde Ganzen conducted a 2-day free residential capacity building programme for community based organisations under ‘Empowering Grassroots’. 24 grassroots NGOs from nine states – i.e. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh participated in the workshop.
The focus of the workshop was to orient grassroots NGOs with various Fund Raising Skills and getting well-versed with CSR Act and bridge the gap between the prospect of a huge CSR budget in the India Inc. The workshop also assisted them in building capacities at various project management techniques thus leading to sustainable growth of their organisations.
Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General and CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (under the aegis of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs), inaugurated the seminar and conducted the training programme in the first session. Experts and trainers from organisations like KPMG and Ericsson conducted and mentored the other sessions.
Empowering Grassroots is a national level programme of Smile Foundation focused on enabling genuine grassroots NGOs across India to bring excellence, good governance and sustainable growth. Smile Foundation has so far built capacities of 500 grassroots NGOs under Empowering Grassroots programme in last two years. The aim is to bring 5000 similar NGOs under the programme across India.
The festival’s success was made possible with support from our various partners. Hershey’s Syrup, Iris, Indira Group of Institutes, Ultra, Burger King, Children’s Film Society of India and Times of India came on board as Associate Partners. Leading international film organisations BFI (London), Cinekid (Netherlands) and Buster (Denmark) joined in as Festival Partners. The Official Partners were Creative Hub (Audio-Visual Partner), Pioneer (Outdoor Partner), Stardust (Magazine Partner), MSL Group (Outreach Partner), Khushi (Ambient Media Partner), Fly Frog (Kids Décor Partner) and Indian Institute of Photography (Photography Workshop Partner). Other partners were Sepia, Flair, Alliance Française, Click, Film Freeway, Festhome, Without a Box, BOL, Instituto Cervantes, Taipei Economic & Cultural Centre, Shamiana, Leaf, Buzz in Town, Live Media, Monastery, Wild Geese Foundation, Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Luminosity Pictures, Lemming Film, Taiwan Cinema Toolkit and Goethe Institute.