When the President of India gave his assent to the Companies Bill, 2013 on August 31, 2013, India became the first country to mandate corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities by companies from April 1, 2014, through a statutory provision (Sec 135 of the Act). The passage of the Act is but a first step. The new ruling has catalysed partnership between the corporate and the civil society; this is the central idea for growth of CSR Projects.
Jammu and Kashmir is battling one of the worst floods in decades. More than 300 people have lost their lives and thousands remain stranded. In such a situation, companies can create substantial impact by supporting relief efforts and playing a vital role in long-term rehabilitation efforts.
Goonjan enables NGOs to capture data about their beneficiaries, about services being provided to the beneficiaries and assess impact of the services on the beneficiaries. It also enables NGO to capture data about donors and donations, and can link them to individual beneficiaries or a specific program. It can also be customized for NGO-specific requirements.
Budgetary allocations for education this year delineated approximately INR 27 crore for a new activity labeled ‘school assessments’, though the document does not provide clarity on what these assessments could entail.
Samhita Social Ventures undertakes needs assessments as part of its service offerings to companies. A key takeaway from these assessments is the role that a community plays in program design. There is a need to take into consideration not only the basic needs of the community but also their behaviors and the local environment.
The second session of coffee with NGOs held on the 12th of March 2014 focused on Strategy for NGOs. The session saw the attendance of over 9 players in the social sector. Rohit Menezes from Bridgespan Group presided as the chief speaker of the session through a teleconference.
Samhita Social Ventures would like to present the learnings and key takeaways from CSR in Healthcare – Making it Work conference. The event held at U.S Consulate General, Mumbai on December 12, 2013 aimed to assist companies to play a larger role in socially relevant healthcare interventions.
[Coffee with NGOs]
Challenges faced by social organizations in securing and utilizing corporate funds (A white paper)
Coffee with NGOs is an initiative to create a forum for NGOs to discuss issues of common interest and propose solutions to the broader stakeholder base in a more unified manner. The agenda for the kick-off session was ‘Tapping into CSR funding’ in the wake of the Companies Act 2013. Here’s presenting a white paper to summarize the discussions during the session.
Priya Naik, Founder and Joint Managing Director of Samhita, and Santanu Bhattacharya, Senior Manager – Communications, have authored a chapter in a book titled Revealing Indian Philanthropy. The book is a joint initiative of UBS and London School of Economics and features a series of essays by eminent philanthropists and key sector players on different facets of Indian philanthropy.