The new Companies Bill – a new dawn for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India


The Indian Parliament recently passed the Companies Bill that ushers in a new regulatory stance towards corporate social responsibility (CSR). The Bill lays down mandatory requirements for larger companies to spend at least 2% of annual net profit on CSR activities. Here is an in-depth analysis of what this Bill means for companies and their CSR strategies.

[Update] Samhita partners with Greenkins for e-commerce fundraising


Greenkins, in partnership with Samhita, has come up with a cause marketing strategy – Make A Difference (m.a.d) for leveraging their customer support along with doing good. When a customer buys any of the designated m.a.d. products, Greenkins will donate Rs. 100 from the sale to a cause chosen by the customer. The causes and associated credible NGOs have been chosen by Samhita.

[Update] Samhita wins the IEIF grant

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Samhita Social Ventures is one of the winners of the Impact Economy Innovation Fund (IEIF). The IEIF is a collaborative effort of Dasra, Omidyar Network, and The Rockefeller Foundation and is aimed at bringing about considerable growth in the impact investing industry and social enterprise sector in India. This win ensures a support of $100,000 to Samhita that will act as a huge boost to our work in this space.

[Update] TechCamp Mumbai – a success story


On the evening of February 19, more than 150 people gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Powai, Mumbai. This was no ordinary gathering: These people had come from all across South Asia, representing eight countries, and were the leaders in youth empowerment or technology in their respective countries. These were young achievers that work to […]

[Update] Get to know the new Samhita team

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We at Samhita are committed to bringing the best brains and services to our clients and beneficiaries. In line with this commitment, the Samhita team has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few months. We are now 14 people strong across our different service lines. Our team members are a very diverse set […]

[The Economic Times] NGOs hire corporate big guns to drive overhaul


“Samhita, the non-profit arm of the Nadathur Group promoted by NS Raghavan, the co-founder of Infosys, has been getting requests from big-ticket clients like Vodafone, the Ajay Piramal Group and Johnson and Johnson, wanting to strategise on their CSR projects at a pan-India level. “They are looking for similar NGOs with a national footprint and reach, but few exist,” says Priya Naik, founder and joint managing […]

[Times Of India] US consulate trains NGOs in technology


“The US government, alongwith Microsoft and a social platform, ‘Samhita’, also plans to sponsor a programme where participating NGOs can apply for grants to assist in implementing technological solutions in their work. The NASSCOM Foundation announced a mentorship programme to match the NGOs with IT industry mentors.” Read full article here.

[DNA] US state department’s TechCamp launched in Mumbai


“The US State Department’s TechCamp was launched in Mumbai on Tuesday with an aim to build digital literacy for NGOs, an official statement said. The two-day TechCamp is organised by the US Consulate General Mumbai in association with Global India Fund and Samhita Social Ventures.” Read full article here.

[DNA] DNA I Can Women’s Marathon is back

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“NGOs Samhita (working towards prevention of anaemia) and Nanhi Kali (focusing on educating the girl child) are supporting DNA’s initiative. Fifty per cent of the registration fee will go to the NGOs.” Read full article here.

[Startup Central] Why social enterprises should be kept non-profit


A very interesting article by Luis Miranda, our advisor. “I discussed this with Priya Naik, founder of Samhita Social Ventures. She raised an interesting point – when all stakeholders don’t share in the upside fairly, problems occur. For example, if the investors make out like bandits but the poor borrowers don’t share in the upside we […]