Tata Trusts

The Tata founders bequeathed most of their personal wealth to the many trusts they created for the greater good of India and its people. Today, the Tata Trusts controls 66 percent of the shares of Tata Sons, the holding Tata company. The wealth that accrues from this asset supports an assortment of causes, institutions and individuals in a wide variety of areas

Thanks to the WOTR efforts in Bhoire-Khurd, the rain-shadow region of Ahmednagar water has brought in a revolution

For the homeless and lost child on the railway platforms, Sathi is a real friend

Banyan’s unstinting efforts, is putting a smile on the faces of several Nirmalas, giving them a life beyond the confines of mental illness, and ensuring that society accepts them once again as normal women

The July 2005 Mumbai floods wreaked havoc on the city and its people. In response, various Tata Group organisations have come together to offer a helping hand to those affected by the devastation

In keeping with its promise to the people of Nagapattinam, devastated by the killer tsunami that hit the Tamil Nadu coast in 2004, the Tata Group has helped rebuild not only their homes but also their lives

The belief that the business of business is to create wealth for the progress of the nation and the well being of the community is the fundamental principle on which the Tata Group has been built. It is this lodestar that has guided the Group’s social development

The Dorabji Tata Trust is supporting Rural Communes, a voluntary organisation, in helping villages in Maharashtra's Raigad district turn the clock back on environmental disaster

A substantial part of the profits of Tata Sons, the parent company of the Tata Group, goes to the Tata trusts, which in turn have established national institutions of research and learning, and financed a host of projects. RM Lala profiles the personalities behind some of these trusts

The Tata Relief Committee's initiative to help those devastated by the Gujarat earthquake is a shining example of altruism, partnership and commitment

The BAIF Development Research Foundation, with support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, is translating the message of rural development into action

Support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the JRD Tata Trust is helping two institutions in Mumbai lend a caring hand to the mentally disabled and the elderly

Anandi's endeavours in rural Gujarat have given voice to marginalised women, helping them demolish gender barriers and build more meaningful lives

Arth's efforts to deliver healthcare in Rajasthan have been a panacea for poor communities battling to cope with disease and debilitation

The appropriately named Atree has been working with the Soliga tribal community to reverse the damage done to the ecologically fragile BR Hills region near Mysore

Compassion and professional expertise form the balm that Banyan applies to nurture homeless mentally ill women back to normality

The Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samithi is back on track with its social transformation crusade, a remarkable endeavour that has lifted 140 million Indians out of illiteracy

The target is youth and the change agent is the Centre for Civil Society, an unusual organisation that is stretching every sinew to unshackle India from the bureaucratic chains

Weaving cooperatives in Andhra Pradesh have found a friend in Dastkar, an organisation that is employing innovative marketing strategies to reinvigorate the handloom heritage

The Tata Defence Welfare Corpus, set up in the wake of the Kargil war, helps Indian soldiers maimed in combat rebuild their lives, thus repaying, in some small measure, the debt of gratitude we owe our fighting men

Why should the poor be deprived of the best expertise? The Dhan Foundation believes that rural development requires a professional approach rather than a do-gooder mentality

Community forestry has proven to be a powerful tool in the preservation and regeneration of India's fast-diminishing forest tracts. Thanks to backing from the Dorabji Tata Trust, this concept now has an improved chance of succeeding

Icrisat's 'small is beautiful' approach and partnership methodology have sown the seeds of agrarian renewal in many semi-arid regions in India and elsewhere

The Tata Agricultural and Rural Training Centre for the Blind does much more than provide vocational training to sightless students. It heals their spirit and instills in them the vision to take on the world

The water warriors of the Tata Water Policy Research Programme, a partnership involving the International Water Management Institute and the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, are fighting to avert a water catastrophe in India

Medical treatment used to spell debt or death for the tribal communities of Bilaspur district before the Jan Swasthya Sahyog began bringing health and hope to the beleaguered

The inequities inflicted by poverty have placed a heavy burden on people and land in the Himalayas. The Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation has been working overtime to lighten this load

A dedicated group of educationists in Goa is helping children with learning difficulties keep up with their peers in school — and rediscover their self-esteem

Prayas, an organisation that works with under-trial prisoners and within the criminal justice system, is bringing a bit of sunshine into previously bleak lives

Rural Communes, a voluntary organisation, has struck a chord with its bid to turn the clock back on environmental disaster in Maharashtra's Raigad district

Saathi, a non-governmental organisation supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, has arranged happy homecomings for numerous lost and runaway children

Help, rather than handouts, is the idea powering Saath Saath, an innovative initiative that provides productive work to young adults with disabilities

Semi-literate women spreading the healthcare message — that's the approach in an innovative project run by the Foundation for Research in Community Health

Water was a scarce commodity in the Bhoire-Khurd village before a non-governmental organisation supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust stepped in to save the day

Of the initiatives sustained by the Tata Relief Committee in tsunami-hit Tamil Nadu, what is indeed commendable is the way in which different Tata enterprises have pooled disparate skills to actualise a common aim

Drawing on people and resources from across the Group, the Tata Relief Committee has been working overtime to help rehabilitate those devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami

TRC's efforts in the tsunami-hit districts of Tamil Nadu has helped battered people get back on their feet

Volunteers worked overtime to help in the distribution of relief material in the tsunami-hit districts of Tamil Nadu. According to Capt Rao, "The Tata Group is the only corporate house that is still working in the region."

Permanent rehabilitation of those devastated by the tsunami was the biggest challenge, which meant not just undoing the damage done, but improving the quality of life of the affected. The Tata Relief Committee clearly understood this imperative

"Taking up relief at ground zero of the tsunami is that much more challenging, but TRC has shown staying power and has been accepted by the community."

The Tata initiative to help India's tsunami victims was directed through the Tata Relief Committee — the vehicle through which the collective resources of the Group are used to organise relief in the wake of natural disasters

Nine months after the tsunami struck, TRC's reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts are still going strong

The degeneration of their natural environment has caused the people of the western Himalayas great hardship. The Himmothan Pariyojana, a partnership between the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and a number of committed grassroots organisations, is an important attempt to revitalise these communities through a multidisciplinary effort

The Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS), with assistance from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, has made the tribal women of Gujarat the pilots of their own destiny with its empowerment initiatives

Funded by Tata Trusts, the Foundation for the Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions is recording, examining and reviving traditional medicinal practices, to preserve and systematise India's indigenous medical knowledge systems

In the backward tribal hamlets of Jharkhand, the Child In Need Institute is working to nurture a healthier, happier new generation

Sutradhar, supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, is making learning fun for young children by integrating traditional materials with innovative new teaching techniques

Nirman, an NGO supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, is working to improve the lot of construction workers through skill development, health and education programmes

Muskaan, with the help of the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, is rehabilitating children in the urban slums of Bhopal through holistic, sustainable and collaborative initiatives

By weaving new designs and corporate learnings into an age-old tradition, Dastkar Andhra has successfully infused new life into weavers' communities and empowered them to have a stronger standing in modern markets

The Foundation for Education and Development through its Doosra Dashak project is changing the lives of millions of adolescents in rural Rajasthan

Jan Swasthya Sahyog is responding to the healthcare challenges in rural India. An innovative approach and sustained intervention is the key to its success

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT), one of the oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations in India, celebrates 75 years of dedication to nation-building activities. The trustees of the SDTT have always maintained that the real heroes are the people who work on the field, with the community, for the community, at the grassroots

The Sadguru Foundation shows by example that grassroots-level developmental programmes work best when the NGO bridges the community-government gap

Over the past 25 years, SRUTI’s Fellows have been developing community initiatives to leverage a better life for the marginalised sections of our society

Pathbreaking work by TISS is dramatically altering one area of Maharashtra's rural landscape. Both faculty and students of the TISS School of Rural Development have initiated a series of measures that could change life in the villages forever

The Sir Ratan Tata Trust, together with the NGOs CInI and PRADAN is helping tribals in Jharkhand strengthen their existing sources of livelihood and is also exploring new avenues for their development

The Bapu Trust for Research on Mind and Discourse is striving to create a more humane mental healthcare system through advocacy and research

Cornell University receives an endowment of $50 million from the Tata Education and Development Trust, a philanthropic entity of India’s Tata Group

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Allied Trusts has been redefining itself and its funding philosophy in recent times. What has remained constant is its commitment to community and country

Dorab Tata was a business magnate and an aesthete, a sports lover and an altruist, but it is as the executor of Jamsetji Tata’s pioneering vision that he is best remembered

The JN Tata Endowment, since its inception in 1892, has been enabling India’s brightest minds to shine brighter

Since 2002, Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) has supported a total of 23 community-managed watershed projects which comprise soil and water conservation works, household and irrigation water supply works, fodder development and agricultural demonstrations, and also introduce farmers to the Systems of Rice Intensification method of paddy cultivation.

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (Atree) was established in 1996 with the vision of conserving the environment and promoting sustainable development

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) endeavours to improve the health and hygiene standards of communities

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust has supported the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat) in its attempt to implement an innovative pilot project to combat land degradation

The NM Sadguru Water and Development Foundation has helped improve the socioeconomic condition of nearly 224,830 households through its work in the sphere of land and water use

Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (Srijan) focuses on horticulture promotion and works with marginal farmers in Madhya Pradesh

The Muktangan Exploratory Science Centre aims to foster appreciation for the sciences in young minds through the spirit of scientific discovery

Dr Mammen Chandy, director, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, talks about the vision that led to the setting up of the hospital and what it hopes to achieve in terms of cancer care and treatment

The Tata trusts have been working to help improve the agricultural practices of farmers in India

The Communication Deall (Communication Developmental Eclectic Approach to Language Learning) Trust conducts a unique, indigenously-developed programme for children with developmental language disorders

With a little support from the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, villages in the Ghed region in coastal Gujarat learn to deal with high salinity of water and find sustainable solutions to health, hygiene and water scarcity

Avehi, an education-focused charitable trust, makes learning more fun and more relevant for Mumbai’s municipal school children through the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust-supported Avehi-Abacus project

The Mitra programmes being supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts are a rare bright spot in a blighted region rife with inequities and disparities

By reviving traditional methods of micro-irrigation, Dilasa is bringing about economic and social change in Yavatmal, the drought-prone farming belt in western India

Supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust for almost a decade now, the Himmothan Pariyojana has paved the way for progress in rural mountain communities

The Tata trusts are at the heart of a unique business model, and custodians of a tradition of philanthropy that touches and changes countless lives

The Tata trusts have moved with the times to become more focused and better able to address the needs of a changing development landscape

Ashwini is working closely with tribal communities in south India to help improve their social lot through participative inclusion

In the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, the Janvikas Samajik Sanstha tries to find solutions that give hope to destitute women, marginal farmers and landless labourers

The recently opened Tata Medical Center in Kolkata will go a long way in offering care and succour to cancer sufferers and their kin, but this state-of-the-art hospital requires continuous support to spread the canvas of care it provides

The Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust have made life easier in Gujarat’s coastal villages through initiatives that improve the quality of drinking water and groundwater

Laying the foundation for a formal education — that's the 'Quest' of a potentially influential rural education project supported by the Tata trusts

The magnificent Humayun’s Tomb complex is being restored, with help from the Tata trusts, to ensure that its breathtaking beauty ages gracefully

In the blighted Vidarbha region of central India, the Tata trusts are supporting organisations involved with easing the many burdens farmers face and, in the process, seeding hope for a better tomorrow

A path-breaking linguistic survey is capturing data on hundreds of India’s lesser-known languages in an attempt to preserve what’s left of the country’s fast-fading oral traditions and heritage

By documenting and recording folklore, social scientists are hoping to preserve pieces of the traditional and oral cultures of some of the tribes and sects being pushed to India’s margins

With the support of Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust, Mohan Foundation is helping save lives by facilitating organ donations and training transplant coordinators

The Tata trusts have been custodians of a tradition of philanthropy that has touched and changed countless lives

An art conservation project supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust is enabling the protection of India's cultural heritage, while reviving indigenous preservation practices and encouraging restoration

Two years since it was dedicated to the nation, the Tata Medical Center (TMC) continues to offer hope and healing to scores of cancer patients in India and neighbouring countries

The Tata Medical Center in Kolkata has set new benchmarks in the treatment and care of those battling cancer in the eastern part of India and the countries neighbouring the region

In the devastated Uttarakhand hills, the Tata effort to provide immediate relief and help with long-term rehabilitation has eased the suffering of many

Supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, the Montfort Integrated Educational Centre in Nagpur imparts vocational training and helps underprivileged youth enter the job market with the necessary skills

Under the aegis of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts, the JN Tata Endowment loan scholarship offers monetary assistance to students. The scholarship enabled a beneficiary, Dr Ajay Nair, to fulfill his dream course and use the knowledge and the experience he acquired to start a first-of-its kind health initiative in India

A learning initiative backed by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust is transforming the lives of poor children in rural Karnataka through innovative teaching methods

The Mewar Manuscript Pilot Conservation Project, supported by the Jamsetji Tata Trust, digitally restores a fragmented, illustrated 17th century manuscript of the Hindu epic Ramayana, and provides connoisseurs of art online access to a rare, beautiful artefact

Ignored by lawmakers, harassed by law-enforcers and viewed with suspicion by law-abiding citizens, migrant workers and their families live on the fringes of society in urban areas. Aajeevika Bureau and Prayas, supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Allied Trusts, are part of a group of NGOs that provide support and an identity for migrants

Rainwater harvesting and the support of the Tata Trusts and partners have made it possible for farmers in the arid Vidarbha region in India to have protective irrigation for first crops and enough water for second and, sometimes, third crops

To address the problems faced by India's mental healthcare sector, Tata Trusts are working with several nonprofits in setting up collaborative community-based care models and tertiary care institutions to extend timely medical care

Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, talks about the trusts’ evolving philanthropic approach, future growth and priority issues facing India

The Tata Trusts has — through integration, use of technology, advocacy, partnerships and more — set course for a renewal aimed at deepening the impact of its numerous charity endeavours

The Tata Water Mission has been calibrated to make the most of the social development capabilities residing in the Tata Trusts

Water is considered an elixir in the high ranges of Uttarakhand, and the help rendered by the Tata Trusts and its partners in delivering it has changed lives and fortunes

Innovation in technology and solutions is crucial in the Tata Trusts quest to enhance the reach and execution of its programmes

The clean cooking and internet awareness programmes that the Tata Trusts runs with its partners in Gujarat are a reflection of the organisation’s intent and impact

Tackling malnutrition in India is a pressing need, and one of the focus areas for the Tata Trusts

Backing from the Tata Trusts has enabled thousands of migrant workers, especially in Gujarat, to secure better working conditions, find financial security and transform their lives

A Tata Trusts initiative in the interiors of Maharashtra is providing succour to thousands of poor farmers, who have been encouraged to shift away from the traditional and grow more profitable crops

Linking the Tata Trusts' initiatives in the education sector to improving the overall quality of life of the community has worked to the advantage of beneficiaries

A unique public-private partnership involving the Tata Trusts has ensured that thousands of tribal schoolchildren enjoy wholesome meals

The rural livelihoods and communities portfolio of the Tata Trusts targets poverty reduction through a host of measures

The media, arts and culture theme of the Tata Trusts concentrates attention of conserving India’s civilisational heritage and those who embody it

The Tata Trusts trained its spotlight on urban poverty and livelihoods as an issue that required focused intervention at a time when most philanthropic agencies were focusing on rural poverty

A spread of education centres in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand are enjoying a renaissance thanks to a project undertaken with the support of the Tata Trusts

A project in Kutch in Gujarat is, with a push from the Tata Trusts, working to revitalise the folk music tradition of the region by creating new opportunities for musicians practicing the craft

The story of the transformation underway at Tata Trusts, one of India's largest and oldest non-sectarian philanthropic organisations

Tata Trusts' interventions in water, education, livelihood and nutrition have transformed the lives of communities in rural India

Enhancing the quality of life in India's urban spaces and sprawls - that's the objective behind the blend of initiatives being supported by the Tata Trusts in spheres such as education, health, livelihoods, culture and conservation

Strong beliefs on sharing of wealth led the founders of the Tata group to endow a number of philanthropic trusts that support premier academic institutions, social and community causes, and programmes for the uplift of the under-privileged.

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust was established in 1932 by Sir Dorab Tata, the elder son of Tata group founder Jamsetji Tata, and is one of the oldest and largest philanthropic organisations in India.

The Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) was established in 1919 in accordance with the will of Sir Ratan Tata, the younger son of group founder Jamsetji Tata. The Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust, formed in 1974, works together with SRTT

The JN Tata Endowment was set up in 1892 by the founder of the Tata group, Jamsetji Tata, to encourage young people to take up higher studies at some of the best universities in the world. Every year the endowment selects around 120 scholars.