Smile Foundation

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.

 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.

Smile Foundation is managed by a Board of Advisors comprising individuals from diverse backgrounds and expertise. The board is formed for a period of one year and a few independent members of eminence and reputation are nominated each year. Members of this board meet once every quarter.

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. 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. 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 was the President of ICSI.

Dr. Ira Dash Rajguru 

A Doctorate in Social Sciences with specialization in HR and Women Issues, 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.”

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.

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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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

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.

  Financial Year 2017-18

Awards & Empanelment


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 )