NATIONAL FOUNDATION OF
About the Organisation
is to create a society where every Indian can be a Citizen
and has the capacity and capability to live a life of
dignity and self –respect in a just and equitable society.
NFI aims to
- 1. Raise funds both
nationally and internationally and provide effective
grants and support to the voluntary sector to enrich
the lives of disadvantaged individuals and communities.
- 2. Build a knowledge
and learning institution to serve the voluntary sector
from our experience gleaned from programmes nationally.
- 3. Pilot programmes
based on any new thinking in the sector, and through
action, learning and research, refine the processes.
- 4. Promote the creation
of civic institutions and voluntarism within communities.
- 5. Evaluate professionally
the programmes for their robustness, replicability and
- 6. Promote Indian philanthropy
both individual and corporate to benefit the least advantaged
section of society.
The NFI Board
- The constitution of the
Board and the organisation were almost simultaneous
processes in that a few individuals with a common vision
came together and set up NFI. It was therefore a founding
- The Board has since evolved
in adding on a few new members.
- Criteria have included
functional expertise and representation from the different
sectors such as media, women’s health, gender justice
and so on.
- Suggestions of potential
Board members are made by members of the existing Board
and shortlists are arrived at through a process of consensus.
- Board members serve no
more than 2 consecutive terms of 3 years each.
- There is a lot of clarity
in the Board about what its role is both as an entity
as well as that of individuals and this has evolved
as the organisation has grown and its needs and priorities
changed in relation to its operating context.
- Members of staff are invited
to be part of the programme committee of the Board
- There is overall coherence
amongst the Board as about its role and functioning.
- While there is no formal
conflict of interest policy that the Board has adopted,
members are aware and where such a situation has occurred,
the Board has dealt with the same objectively and appropriately.
- Communication is optimal,
open and transparent. All important developments are
communicated to the Board by the CEO
- Board members often act
as advocates for NFI in their own contexts too.
- The Chair plays a significant
role in enhancing the effectiveness of the CEO by being
supportive and accessible to him for consultation whenever
NFI may be contacted
Centre, Core 4-A, Upper Ground Floor, Lodhi Road, New
Delhi - 110003. India
URL : www.nfi.org.in