Kalinga Kusum Foundation is a non-profit initiative that addresses challenges tied to education and legal empowerment in communities, in the state of Odisha. It started its operations in 2011, and its goal is the socio-economic and legal empowerment of those living on the edges of the society, with a special focus on children, youth, women and tribal.
Ensuring close linkages with policy-makers, government, judiciary, academia, inter-governmental and other non-governmental organizations.
Establishing a strong quality assurance mechanism.
Credible Monitoring & Evaluation mechanism, holding us and our work to the highest standard of public and impact scrutiny.
Extensive leverage of technology and innovative delivery models.
Follows a Social Enterprise model, where the Foundation strives to be financially sustainable, yet focusing fanatically on social impact.
Kalinga Kusum Foundation practices strategic philanthropy i.e. going beyond charitable giving to focus on investing in the creation of educational, social and economic value. Value is created because our initiatives & practices ultimately improve the quality of life & bolster economic prosperity in the hinterland. We also create additional value by focusing on capacity building and documentation of social outcomes, particularly at the policy level.
We apply the same value creation rigor to our fundraising and overhead costs as we do to our program implementation. We are cautious stewards of our funds and take seriously our work to accelerate value creation. All our investments and expenses are conditional based on meeting milestones and the desired outcomes, thereby ensuring success of our investments. We extensively leverage and harnesses technology for achieving our desired objectives, and make investments in ourselves – personnel, equipment, technology, knowledge – so we can be more efficient.
We stress community participation and engagement at all levels in all our initiatives. The needs of the community have always and shall always be critical in all our interventions, and are assessed and the community is involved right from the stage of identifying any legal challenge or issue. The objective here is that the community has to see the value-add that the Foundation is adding to their lives, through its various initiatives.
Kalinga Kusum Foundation's mission is the socio-economic and legal empowerment of those living on the edges of society, with a special focus on children, women and tribal.