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About US
The Piramal Foundation is a Not-For-Profit organization that aims to create replicable solutions to some of our nation's most pressing challenges.

Our method is based on a belief that talented young people, challenged to address some of our country's most common development issues, will find innovative solutions that are relevant, cost-effective, and applicable to the nation at large.

In line with Millennium Development Goals, Piramal Foundation is focused on universal primary education, reducing child mortality rates, improving maternal health and improving access to safe drinking water. We currently work across 24 states, a lot of which is in partnership with the central and state governments. We have developed innovative approaches and programs in every vertical and built strong partnerships.
Chairman’s Message

Ajay Piramal

The Bhagavad Gita says that you are the trustees of wealth; it is not yours, you have to see that it is well used. The purpose of Piramal Foundation - to do well and to do good and making a positive difference to the world around us – resonates these values. Our core values of Knowledge, Action, Care and Impact, guide the organization in carrying out its responsibilities towards society. In the last twenty years, the world has accumulated an immense amount of wealth. But it has restricted only with the wealthy people. It is very important to share the wealth with not-so-privileged people. There are lakhs of deprived people on the earth. We take many things -- including our living conditions and education -- as granted. There are many in the world without proper education. Still, 40% don’t have access to healthcare facilities. Living conditions of some of our friends are pathetic. You think that you are just a trustee or an instrument in sharing the wealth of the god. The giver, despite having the wealth, thinks that he is not the owner of the wealth but the trustee of the wealth. Creating a successful organization or an enterprise is indeed a good thing. But you are getting several benefits out of it. There are several employees working under a contract for you. This cannot be treated as giving. We can give more because we have accumulated more. I don’t want to compare the Indian way of giving or the Western way of giving. Each one has a way of giving. The important thing is giving. The joy of giving is not restricted to giving money. The most important thing is giving your time. You need to give your time, expertise and money. I spend 10% of time in giving. Ideally I would want to increase this. Both in terms of money and time. It is important that rich people share their wealth to uplift the lives of those they can reach out to – individually or through accredited social delivery organizations, which are process-driven. We have been fortunate to create a robust organization that explores the ways and means of giving and ensuring the sustainability of giving. We, as an organization, either give through our institution or give through other institutions. We coordinate our giving through Pratham (a non-governmental organization, or NGO, working towards the provision of quality education to the underprivileged children) and Annamrita (another NGO by ISKCON Food Relief Foundation providing children with the right nutrition to support their education.). Where you give is also equally important. We focus on sectors such as education, healthcare, youth development, youth empowerment, environmental issues and encouraging Indian culture. We are driven by purpose. Together, let us transform India. #AaoBadleinBharat
CEO’s Message

Paresh Parasnis

Home-grown charity and philanthropy has been central to India’s culture since the ages. Today, as the world’s largest democracy boasts of over 100 billionaires (consistently ranking in the top five with the likes of the United States, China and Germany), one in five Indians is poor and an estimated 27 crores citizens (out of the 130 crores) live below the poverty line, lacking basic sanitation, healthcare, education and drinking water. However, compassion alone cannot be the primary driver of a solution. Building a sustainable social delivery model, not just a portfolio of projects, driven by a common purpose, has called for investments in building a talent pipeline, strengthening governance mechanisms and a robust operational backbone. Our approach to philanthropy - providing risk capital to promising ideas and incubating them to achieve scalable results - has provided a new model for this sector in India. Indeed, change is permanent. So is transformative impact. Today, as 2018 draws to a close, we believe development is the new normal. We believe that considerable positive change can occur when we collaborate with like-minded partners and nurture projects that are scalable, ensuring a long-term impact. We are focused on transforming the life chances in the most backward of India’s districts, universal primary education, empowering women, democratising healthcare and improving access to safe drinking water. Not just information, but this is also the age of transparency. The brisk clean-up of the sector has brought to the fore an earnest and accredited brood of social delivery organizations. The history of goodwill today is powered by innovation, social sector projects of yesteryears are life-improvement must-be-done public policy essentials -- the muscle behind nation-building has acquired fresh velocity. This transformative approach is now a magnet for the development-inclined and an approvable approach for the youth -- discerning, diffident or depairing. Our decadal journey in the focus areas of education, healthcare, drinking water solutions and youth empowerment has swept up a remarkable number of statistics in its unhesitating march -- 25 states, 10 crore plus beneficiaries. The one which we cherish the most, however, is the infinite and incandescent circle of goodness. Keeping the teachings of the Bhagvad Gita at the core, Piramal Foundation’s mission is to create sustainable positive impact and improve the life chances of the underserved and unserved population of India. Towards this, we innovate and develop the best solutions that are replicable, have high impact and will transform India’s economic potential. We are driven by purpose. Together let us transform India. #AaoBadleinBharat.
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