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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mahatma Gandhi

In the year 2013, India made CSR spending mandatory for bigger companies. Many organizations within the country were caught off-guard as they hastened to put together semblance of CSR projects to pass muster.

Manappuram Finance Limited, India’s best known gold loan NBFC, was something of an exception. The company was already well involved in the CSR sphere years before it became a law of the land. In 2009, the Manappuram Foundation came into being as a charitable trust to implement the CSR vision of the company under the inspirational Leadership of its Chief Patron and Managing Trustee Mr. V.P Nandakumar.

Manappuram works with the vision to make healthy, educated and happy communities.

Over the last decade, the Manappuram Foundation has initiated many worthwhile projects focused mainly on health and quality education for socially and economically deprived communities. The flagship project of the Foundation has been the “Janaraksha Manappuram Free Health Insurance Scheme” that was first rolled out in the year 2010. The government of India has recently rolled out a similar health insurance scheme in 2018 budget “Ayushman Bharat”.

The plan provides free health insurance for around 20,000 BPL families in the coastal belt of Trissur district. In the seven years that the scheme has run, an amount of nearly Rs. 11 crores was reimbursed to beneficiaries. The Janaraksha Manappuram scheme has no age restrictions and covers a wide range of medical treatments.

The Foundation ensures that all claims are processed in time and payments are distributed to beneficiaries bank account at the Panchayat level. Paper work, filling up of forms and the follow-up by correspondence etc. was facilitated by a dedicated cell of Manappuram Foundation.

This ongoing ground level involvement ensures vigorous and effective implementation of the project. Further, the active involvement of local government representatives and Kudumbasree members in these communities has also contributed to the success of the scheme.

 

Healthy Community

Educated Community

Happy Community

Message from Managing Trustee
Sri. V P Nandakumar

I am delighted that the Manappuram Foundation is now going live with its own website. In the nine years since it was established in 2009, the Foundation has broken new grounds, and established new standards in how CSR activities can be made truly meaningful.


Until recently, all CSR spending by corporate in our country was strictly voluntary in nature. However, in 2013, India became the first country in the world to make CSR spending compulsory for corporations meeting certain criteria regarding size and profitability. After CSR became mandatory (at 2 percent of the average profits of the past three years), many corporates were taken by surprise and scrambled to put together some CSR initiative or the other, merely to comply with the law of the land.

Permanent Trustees

Jyothi Prasannan

Sooraj Nandan

Independent Trustees

Mr. M.Ramachandran
Former Justice

Dr P. Bhanumati
Zoology professor and doctorate in Cancer Biochemistry

T K A NAIR
Former Adviser to the Prime Minister of India

Chief Executive Officer

Pavel Podder

“Manappuram literally means the “the land of sand” and the Manappuram Foundation is working with the vision of leaving behind footprints of healthy, happy and educated communities on the sands of time. Our motivation is backed by the profound resources of the Manappuram Group and our mission is ably guided by a illustrious Board of Trustees and our Managing Trustee Mr. V P Nandakumar. Our vision is heavily influenced by our Group founder’s  dream of creating “Good for the Community”, many decades before the CSR statutes came into effect in India or the SDG goals were drawn by the world.

I am delighted that the Manappuram Foundation is now going live with its own website. In the nine years since it was established in 2009, the Foundation has broken new grounds, and established new standards in how CSR activities can be made truly meaningful.


Until recently, all CSR spending by corporate in our country was strictly voluntary in nature. However, in 2013, India became the first country in the world to make CSR spending compulsory for corporations meeting certain criteria regarding size and profitability. After CSR became mandatory (at 2 percent of the average profits of the past three years), many corporates were taken by surprise and scrambled to put together some CSR initiative or the other, merely to comply with the law of the land.

 

At Manappuram, we are proud that we have been doing things differently. For us, CSR is not a fashion statement. We also don’t see it merely as a legal requirement to be complied with for the sake of compliance. Indeed, we set up the Manappuram Foundation as a charitable trust back in 2009, well before CSR became mandatory, because we were, and continue to be, serious about CSR. We wanted to push ahead with our vision of a corporate entity that would create social value, sustainability as well as market value, to further the interests of all our stakeholders.

Initially, our focus was on doing something for the area around Valapad in the Thrissur district of Kerala, where we belong to and where we have our HO. We were clear that we would take up only such projects that would be relevant to the local community and create a real difference.

In the nine years of its existence, the Manappuram Foundation has initiated many worthwhile projects—in healthcare, education, skill training, empowerment of women, care for the elderly, grants to meaningful projects etc.—that have enriched the lives of some of the poorest in society. It has been successful in making a visible difference to the local community.

And now, we have decided that Manappuram Foundation will extend its reach and work with communities across all the states where Manappuram Finance is present. (Incidentally, with over 4200 branches, we are present in 28 states and UTs across India.) And, in the years to come, we hope that the Manappuram Foundation will also have a pan-India presence, to match the stature of its parent.

V.P. Nandakumar
Managing Trustee

Mr. M.Ramachandran

Mr.Moorkanat Ramachandran B.Sc., B.L. was born on March 20, 1945. He was enrolled as an Advocate on September 09, 1967 at a young age of 22 years. He has been practising in the Kerala High Court for 32 years and in the Central Administrative Tribunal for 15 years in Labour, Service, Civil and Constitutional matters. He is an expert in Labour Law and Service Law matters. He has a rich experience of more than 50 years with the Indian judiciary and various leading banks. He functioned as Standing Counsel for Kerala Motor Transport Workers Welfare Fund Bank, Small Industries Development Bank of India and UCO Bank. He was appointed as a Judge of the Kerala High Court on July 12, 2000 and he Retired on March 20,2007.

Mr. T M Manoharan IFS (Retd)

Mr. T M Manoharan hails from Kalamaseery, Ernakulam, he was born on 03rd May 1952. His family consists of his wife C J Jaya and has a daughter T M Manju
He is a post graduate in Chemistry and Sociology. Apart from the above, he is also graduate in Law. He is an IFS officer of 1976 batch (Kerala Cadre)
Mr. T M Manoharan has served as the Chairman of Kerala State Electricity Board and as the Chairman of Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission. He was also the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Forces, Kerala. He has 42 years of experience in administration and leading various government units.

Dr P. Bhanumati,

Dr P. Bhanumati, a Zoology professor  and holds a doctorate in Cancer Biochemistry and a post doctoral fellowship in Radiation Biochemistry. She is now a Professor of Zoology at Sree Kerala Varma College in Thrissur, India. She has been founder of Association for Mentally Handicapped Adults (AMHA), a home for mentally-challenged adults and children in Thrissur, India She believes that there was a need for specialized facilities along with a qualified team trained to handle the mentally disabled children. The same has provided in the institute.

It was a long journey for Bhanumathi, who had to educate people on the differing needs of the mentally disabled. Started in a small room in a Government School with only three students, today AHMA has an extensive array of services catering to about 60 people with mental disabilities mainly from low-income groups. Supported by her husband, she has now fully dedicated her life to the cause and they live in the school premises taking care of their extended family.

T K A NAIR (Thottuvelil Krishna Pillai Ayappan Nair)

Born in 1939 Ayroor, Kerala. He is a career civil servant who formerly served as Adviser to the Prime Minister of India  with the rank of the Minister of State. He also previously served as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India.

He was a 1963 batch Indian Administrative Service officer from Punjab Cadre. He also presently serves as Member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode and Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh. He formerly served as Chairman of Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation.

He graduated with Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from the University College, Trivandrum.

He later served as the Chief Secretary of Punjab. and Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Environment & Forest. Later he served as Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office during the terms of I.K.Gujral and Atal Bihari Vajpaayee. Subsequently, he was Chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board which selects Chief Executives of India’s Public Sector Undertakings. He served as Principal Secretary and later as Advisor to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh from 2004 to 2014. Presently, he is the Managing Trustee of Citizens India Foundation – a charitable trust – and Executive Vice President of Kerala Blood Bank Society.

Awards and Honours

Order of the Rising Sun-Gold and Silver Star
Excellence in Bureaucratic Service - Government of Japan.
Mar Gregorios Award- World Malayalee Council.
K. Nair Memorial Award
P.S. Menon Memorial Award .

“Manappuram literally means the “the land of sand” and the Manappuram Foundation is working with the vision of leaving behind footprints of healthy, happy and educated communities on the sands of time. Our motivation is backed by the profound resources of the Manappuram Group and our mission is ably guided by a illustrious Board of Trustees and our Managing Trustee Mr. V P Nandakumar. Our vision is heavily influenced by our Group founder’s  dream of creating “Good for the Community”, many decades before the CSR statutes came into effect in India or the SDG goals were drawn by the world.

 

Manappuram Foundation is working with this vision primarily on two key pillars of Quality Education and Health. We also encourage and participate in other projects which contribute meaningfully towards Community Development and Environment. The overarching theme is to make all the initiatives sustainable by aiming for the highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness using suitable technology and people. We also take pride in partnering with philanthropic organizations of global repute like Lions Clubs International in a few of our projects. This helps us to increase our reach and resources not only locally, but also globally.”

 

Pavel Podder

CEO – Manappuram Foundation