The power of giving: connecting philanthropists and causes
In the decade it has been around, iPartner India has improved the lives of 900,000 disadvantaged children, women and men in some of the poorest regions of India.
The innovative organisation matches charitable projects across India with suitable donors – individuals, families, companies, trusts and foundations. They work in six key areas: vulnerable children, child trafficking, education, women and livelihoods, and health and environment. Successes include a campaign to stop child trafficking and a programme training young under-privileged women to become professional drivers.
- iPartner India has been connecting philanthropists with charitable projects for over 10 years.
- They have raised over £9m for more than 90 programmes across 22 States in India, and Nepal, transforming the lives of over 900,000 people.
Most recently, iPartner has supported a ‘Bag for Life’ project, which creates shopping bags from excess fabric discarded in factories. As well as helping eliminate plastic bags, women from poorer communities earn a living from stitching the products.
We gave a grant of £300,000, over two years, dedicated to setting up the London and Indian offices and helping iPartner grow and develop. We supported the charity to network with potential partners, create an online presence, launch marketing opportunities and carry out fundraising.
“An intermediary can make all the difference to ensure grants have the maximum possible impact,” says Soma, Kusuma Trust’s Executive Trustee. “It’s why we awarded iPartner India a grant to establish a sound foundation for raising funds, so they can continue to invest in innovative projects that challenge social inequalities.”
“Kusuma Trust’s grant to iPartner India came at a crucial period in our organisation’s growth trajectory. It was only an evolved donor like Kusuma Trust who could see the potential of investing in building the organisation’s capacity to grow exponentially. They provided funds for core costs and this helped us to build a strong research based foundation for our work and also helped to establish systems and protocols which have stood the test of time. The Trustees and team at iPartner India will always remain grateful for the trust, timely support and investment in our concept, which was just a seed of an idea at the time.”