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New Frontiers in CSR

India has been at the forefront of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) paradigm, much before the introduction of Section 135 of Companies Act, 2013, which made CSR a regulatory requirement.

As per data filed by companies on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs portal, around 20,000 companies had reported spending on CSR, with total spend amounting to INR 13,465 Cr in 16-17. Total public expenditure in 16-17 on agriculture and farmers’ welfare, rural sector and social sector (including education, healthcare, skills) was estimated at Rs 9,84,000 crores. The CSR spend that year was Rs.13,465 Cr. – 1.36% of the public spending.

If CSR’s monetary contribution is less than a fraction of what the government is earmarking for the nation’s growth, then, in what capacity can CSR optimize its contributions towards sustainable development? How can companies catalyze innovation and creativity to maximize scalable impact, stretch CSR budgets further and move the needle?

To deliver on the promise of reinvigorating the development sector, the very nature of how companies implement CSR needs to evolve: from inputs to outcomes, from individual to ecosystem, and from delivering services to building capacity and enabling the market.

In other words, companies need to evolve from Compliance-driven CSR 🡪 Strategic CSR 🡪 Catalytic CSR.  This report explains different models under catalytic and takes a case study approach to demonstrate its execution, effectiveness and ability to amplify impact.

Click here to download the report.

Tech4raj 2016

Deadline: January 24, 2016

Startup Oasis is organizing tech4raj-2016 and inviting applications from all the NGOs and Social Enterprises in the below mentioned sectors –

Agriculture, Food & Dairy, Healthcare, Waste Management, Education, Affordable Housing, Handicrafts, Cleantech, Water & Sanitation, Livelihood.

tech4raj is a competition to encourage innovative prototypes/product innovation and ideas/startups by providing not only cash rewards and exposure but also hands-on supprt to commercialize and scale the idea/prototype.


  • Prototype or idea has to be in the above mentioned sectors only.
  • Prototype or idea has to have revenue model associated with it
  • Entries from all over India are accepted but only those will be shortlisted which have operation or planned operations in Rajasthan
  • 2 persons / team can’t send separate entry for same prototype. In such case only 1 entry will be considered
  • 1 person/team can submit more than 1 application for different prototype
  • Top 5 teams need to attend bootcamp and Udaipur Startup Fest on 5th and 6th February 2016. Accomodation and food facility will be provided by Startup Oasis.

For details on the application procedure, visit the link here.

Mobile for Good Awards 2015

Deadline: August 15, 2015

The Mobile for Good Awards aim to recognize, promote and support mobile innovations for driving social change in India.

The Awards will recognize 11 life changing mobile solutions in 3 Awards categories across 4 critical areas of health, education, agriculture & environment, government women and inclusive development.

Award Categories

The 2015 Awards consist of two Awards categories, namely ‘Leading Change Maker – NPO Category’ and ‘Leading Change Maker – For profit category’. Each category will recognise five best-practice mobile technology related innovations across four defined sub-categories of education, women empowerment & inclusive development, health and agriculture & environment.

The M4G 2015 Award winners will be selected based on their eligibility and demonstration of success, scalability and sustainability of their initiatives in the following areas of Education, Health, Women Empowerment & Inclusive Development, Agriculture and Environment and Government Solutions.

 Steps to apply

The Mobile for Good Awards 2015 is a two-stage application process, as follows:

Stage I

  • The applicants are required to fill in an online entry form
  • The entry forms will be evaluated by the screening committee based on the eligibility criteria and pre-defined parameters to shortlist applicants

Stage II

  • Only shortlisted applicants will receive a copy of the detailed application form via e-mail; which they will be required to fill and submit via e-mail

Please fill the form here to apply for the awards.

Mobile for Good 2015

Date: June 25, 2015

Venue: Mumbai

NASSCOM Foundation, through its program the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum, has joined hands with the Vodafone Foundation for its ‘Mobile for Good’ (M4G) Awards, to recognize and support innovative mobile solutions that are addressing social development issues and helping transform lives in India.

The platform awards and provides seed grants to six best projects that are using mobiles for outreach and impact.

This one day conference on ‘Mobile for Good’, aims to create awareness about the relevance and impact of mobile technology in critical areas such as health, education, agriculture and environment, women empowerment and inclusive development and governance by engaging all stakeholders in the respective region.

To register for the event, please write to: [email protected]

RSVP:  [email protected]

Round 2 of the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grants

Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is accepting grant concept notes for its second round of grants from non-profit organizations in the developing countries that are focusing in one of the three fields – conservation, food and health.

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem in the field.

Average grant size is $17,000. Grant request can be made for maximum $25,000.

Grant Types

  1. Conservation Grants aims to improve ecological and environmental conditions in the developing world. Research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts are supported under Conservation Grants.
  2. Food Grants are allocated to efforts aimed at improving access to food for consumption in developing countries.
  1. Health Grants are focused at programs that are preventive in nature. Research, technical assistance, and training projects are supported under Health Grants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be non-governmental organization in any developing country with its registration status equivalent to US 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Applicants should have strong records of accomplishments in a particular field and have potential for replication.
  • Projects must focus on regional or cross-boundary issues and opportunities.
  • Applicants must feature collaborative partnerships embedded in strong networks; strengthen local leadership and scientific capacity; influence public discourse and policy; and focus on prevention rather than remediation.
  • Applicants must attract additional support and hold promise for continuation or impact beyond the period of the foundation support.
  • Project proposals for conservation grants should provide evidence that they help conserve viable ecosystems and protect biological diversity in developing countries; and train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training.
  • Project proposals for health grants should provide evidence that they improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health; and increase the understanding and treatment of tropical diseases.

Please visit the link here to apply.

TATA Social Enterprise Challenge 2014

Deadline: November 15, 2014

TATA social enterprise challenge is a joint initiative by the TATA group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta) to create an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship and encourage sustainable, scalable and measurable social impact.

The challenge invites social entrepreneurs from across India, who either have an early stage venture or an idea with a proof of concept. The proposed venture needs to have a sustainable business model that creates social impact. There is no restriction on the business model and it can be for-profit, not for profit or even a hybrid model.

The challenge has three stages:

  1. Impact Proposal Round – In this round, teams will need to submit an ‘Impact Proposal’ through the website. The proposal is a detailed business plan format that has been developed to capture the needs and the impact created by any social venture.
  2. Semi-Finals – On clearing the Impact Proposal Round, a maximum of twenty teams will be invited to pitch to a panel of esteemed judges consisting of Social VCs, Social Entrepreneurs and faculty from IIM Calcutta.
  3. The Grand Finale – A maximum of ten teams will be selected for the Grand Finale and will pitch to a panel of esteemed judges, consisting of TATA Business Leaders, CEOs/Founders of Social VCs, Social Entrepreneurs and faculty from IIM Calcutta.

Business plans for the competition will be invited for all sectors including the following focus areas:

  • Agriculture, Food and Dairy
  • Healthcare, Water and Sanitation
  • Technology and Development
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Handicrafts
  • Energy
  • Microfinance/Financial Inclusion

For more information on the application procedure, visit the website here.

Workshop on Financial Management and Social Accountability for nonprofit and charitable organizations

Deadline: July 15, 2014

Visthar, a secular nonprofit organization, committed to enabling women, children and other marginalized sections their rights is pleased to announce a ‘Workshop on Financial management and social accountability for Non-profit and charitable organizations’ . Over the last six years this program has been well attended and well received among NGOs, Civil Service Organizations(CSOs) and other Charitable Organizations(COs).

The workshop aims:

  • To enable participants jointly understand and evolve systems for programme and financial planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • To create awareness of the latest provisions of taxation laws as applicable to NPOs and of FCRA.
  • To strengthen skills and confidence in integrating finance and operations effectively.

The workshop is a must attend for finance and programme administrators and executives of NGOs & charitable organizations in India.

For further details on the programme schedule and registration procedure, click here.



Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

Deadline: July 1, 2014

The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) provides small grants to grassroots projects that empower women and girls. They focus their investments on projects that create local solutions to advance women’s rights and social justice in developing countries. VGIF often provides early support, funding innovative projects that help grow new organizations, test new community change strategies and foster women leaders. It relies on local project directors to identify their own needs, design action strategies and develop projects.

Small grants up to $7,500 are given to organizations to support projects created, designed and implemented by women, based on local needs.

The grant aims to address the following issues:

  • Economic empowerment
  • Community development
  • Health and nutritional support
  • Literacy and leadership training
  • Educational seminars and workshops
  • Promoting education in the sciences for girls
  • Women’s human rights

Click here for criteria and application procedure.