One of Odisha’s Most-favoured Sons, Social Entrepreneur – Santanu Mishra, Endorsed by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama
Hailing from Sambalpur in Odisha, Mr. Mishra is no stranger to accolades and recognition. His pioneering work in the field of social responsibility in India has often seen him acknowledged as a champion of pressing social causes such as child empowerment, equal opportunity, and social equality. Belonging to a culture steeped in volunteerism and social responsibility, Mr. Mishra’s passion for creating a social change and adding value back to the society saw him bringing a group of likeminded professionals together to establish Smile Foundation in 2002. An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and a Company Secretary, Santanu Mishra, quit his highly-successful corporate career at its peak in 2005, choosing instead to dedicate his energies to establish Smile Foundation as one of the most successful development organization in India.
Speaking on the endorsement from one of the world’s leading humanitarians, Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-founder & Executive Trustee – Smile Foundation, said, “Having been raised in an environment where volunteering and social responsibility are ingrained from a very young age, I believe that uplifting those less privileged can never be achieved unless the more privileged sections take up a proactive role in the process of development. This is the change that we have been driving through Smile Foundation since its inception. To be recognised and endorsed by a globally revered humanitarian such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama for our efforts is a very welcome shot in the arm for us, and personally motivates me to raise the bar even higher and continue to drive a positive change at the grassroots level.”
Under Mr. Mishra’s able leadership and guidance, Smile Foundation annually reaches out to more than 400,000 underprivileged children, youth, and women directly through more than 250 welfare projects covering areas such as education, healthcare, youth employability, and women empowerment. The development organization is present across 25 states in India and has won many accolades and awards, including include Asia Pacific Child Rights Award, Healthcare Leadership Award, Barclay’s Bank Chairman Award, and GE Healthcare-Modern Medicare Excellence Award, amongst others. It has also pioneered the principles of good governance amongst non-profits and the innovative concept of Social Venture Philanthropy (SVP) in order to enable other grassroots organization to achieve accountability, scalability, sustainability, and leadership.
About Smile Foundation
Smile Foundation is a national level development organization benefitting over 400,000 underprivileged children, their families and the community directly through more than 250 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.