We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.

We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.

We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.

We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.

Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.

Association for Rural and Urban Needy (ARUN), Hyderabad

ARUN provides safe shelter, education, nutrition, healthcare, a sensitised community environment as well as vocational training for 625 street children in seven Homes, co-located in Government schools in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Patna. 

Childline India Foundation (CIF), Mumbai

The NGO and outreach partners at 20 railway stations across India, provides 24x7 care and protection for runaway children. This is through child help desks, open shelters, de-addiction support, counselling, referral to long-term care homes and reunification with families. The focus is also to enhance resource mobilisation and organisational development. 

Make a Difference (MAD), Bengaluru

MAD provides mental, emotional, psychological support, mentorship, counselling and guidance at critical life stages, for 4,200 children living in 80 shelter homes across 23 cities, so they become productive and useful members of society.

Railway Children India (RCI), Delhi

The NGO and station-level providers at 20 railway stations across India caters to runaway children. The aim is standardised care and protection through open shelters, 24X7 outreach, de-addiction support, child help desks and reunification of children with families. The focus is also on building a financially sustainable organisation with staff capable of scaling up the work. 

Salaam Baalak Trust, Delhi

The trust runs four full-time residential homes, two open centres and three contact points for 600 street and working children in Delhi and the National Capital Region, where the focus is on care, protection and on discovering the hidden talents of the children. The trust also collaborates with civil society organisations and the Government.

Society for Assistance to Children in Difficult Situations (SATHI), Bengaluru

SATHI works with railway authorities to reunite children-- who arrive at the Kanpur-UP, Patna-Bihar, Sealdah-West Bengal railway stations--with their families. It has three open shelters for railway children, offers psychological support for children in Government Homes and runs de-addiction and home orientation camps.

SPYM - Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses, Delhi

The NGO works to rescue, reform, rehabilitate and reintegrate at least 6,000 children in Delhi and NCR through de-addiction and halfway homes for children engaged in substance abuse. It  has separate shelters for boys and girls.


SUPPORT offers long-term rehabilitation--education, detoxification programmes, residential, nutritional, medical and psychiatric care--to 150 street children in Mumbai who have been substance abusers. It gives them the opportunity to grow into healthy adults.