NFI is a independent grant making and fundraising foundation, with a core mandate to strengthen philanthropy in India for public welfare and social transformation. NFI was founded in 1992, by a group of eminent leaders such as Late Bharat Ratna C. Subramanium, Dr. M S Swaminathan, Dr. Kamla Chudhury, Late Shri S P Godrej, Late Dr. Verghese Kurien and Mr. Ratan Tata among others. NFI intervenes in seven thematic areas i.e. education, health, livelihood, citizens and society, Peace and Justice, Governance and development Journalism. In the last 20 years, it has supported more than 200 grassroot organizations in 14 states. It has also supported more than 400 individual change makers through its annual fellowship for development Journalism and C Subramaniam Award for community leadership.
NFI believes that India can develop meaningfully only when social equity and justice are guaranteed and a sense of respect for our fellow humans is achieved. NFI's distinct nature comes from being completely independent of corporate, religious or governmental control and our focus is nationwide. NFI has partnered with a number of Indian and international donor agencies and is a professionally managed and financially accountable foundation.