Apax India is committed to engaging with the communities in which we operate through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, in addition to the support that is provided by the Apax Foundation, Apax Partners’ vehicle for corporate giving.
We focus our grant-giving in the areas of social entrepreneurship and in helping to strengthen the not-for-profit ecosystem in India. Social entrepreneurship is a natural fit with what Apax does commercially and is also an area where the CSR Committee members have significant experience. Apax India has supported multiple non-profit organisations, directly, as well as through the Apax Foundation, including:
- Dasra: Dasra is a leading strategic philanthropy foundation in India, focused on creating large-scale social change. Founded in 1999, Dasra accelerates social change by driving collaborative action and powerful partnerships with funders, social enterprises and other key stakeholders. Dasra works on a range of issue areas in India including empowering adolescent girls by creating an environment in which adolescents are safe, heard and celebrated; improving sanitation by helping to build a movement enabling total sanitation within urban India and governance: creating governance that is open, accountable, participatory, inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Indians, from policy making to the delivery of services on the ground.
- Mann Deshi Foundation: Mann Deshi Foundation is a non-profit organisation which empowers rural women entrepreneurs and their communities, by providing access to knowledge, capital, markets and social support. The Foundation works across three states in India (Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka) and aims to reach one million women by 2022.
- Covid-19 relief: The Apax Foundation has lent direct support to a number of NGOs in India who have been providing frontline relief to communities severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath in India including migrant workers, vulnerable children and families. Key organisations supported include Aajeevika Bureau, ACT Grants, GiveIndia, Goonj, Jan Sahas, Jodhpur RIFF, Railway Children India and Salaam Baalak Trust.