AHF was set up in 2012 as a registered public charitable trust to encourage and support donors to give in more strategic and structured ways. We have been proactive in introducing new or redesigned practices to keep pace with the dynamic environment. India has a long tradition of philanthropic giving, with all religions promoting the concept of charity. The 1990s saw a steep increase in wealth creation at the hands of a number of new entrepreneurs due to liberalisation. With wealth creation, old patterns of giving began to change. Although many affluent middle class Indians have traditionally given to charity on a formal basis, the commitment to community is no longer their main driver for giving. Executives are increasingly giving to intermediary organisations or to build those that are missing, rather than giving directly to individuals. In fact, according to the global giving index India has improved in its giving rankings over last few years.
Over the past years, we have actively engaged with stakeholders across a broad spectrum of areas, as well as developing and refining our system for validating NGOs. We use our expertise and experience to work with over 65 corporations, providing effective giving to more than 210 validated non-profits across 14 states in India.