“Cognizant Foundation has started making its presence felt in high-visibility locales like the National Capital Region.”
N. R. KRISHNAN IAS (Retd.)
Director, Cognizant Foundation
“There is an adage in sports that the way one scores points is more important than the points themselves. So it is with Corporate Social Responsibility. Measured by this yardstick, the Foundation has been fortunate, over the years, in the number of projects it has supported and their relevance to its thrust areas of activity, namely Education, Healthcare and Skilling for Livelihood. This trend continued in 2019/20 also. The COVID-19 pandemic has given us yet another opportunity to be of service to the community all over the country.
For statistical interest, project spend on the three traditional domains went up by well over 40% compared to 2018/19. This was made possible through an increased inflow of funds from Cognizant and the efforts of project-executing agencies. In addition, the ongoing “Rebuilding Communities” programme is on its way to a successful conclusion. Geographically, the Foundation’s operations could be widened to cover areas like the North-East which have remained inadequately attended to so far. As for places already being served, Cognizant Foundation has started making its presence felt in high-visibility locales like the National Capital Region.
The Foundation would like to express its grateful thanks to the Cognizant Management and the large body of Cognizant Associates for their enthusiastic support.”
“The timely and efficient implementation of programmes … is not a little due to the robust partner ecosystem so carefully developed and maintained by the Foundation’s hard-working secretariat.”
K. BALAJI Director, Cognizant Foundation
“For Cognizant Foundation, 2019/20 was yet another year of successful support in Education, Healthcare and Livelihood for the most deserving sections of our society. In monetary terms, the level of disbursements was the highest since the Foundation’s inception. The timely and efficient implementation of programmes such as the screening for and treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity in Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha is not a little due to the robust partner ecosystem so carefully developed and maintained by the Foundation’s hard-working secretariat. The role of the partner ecosystem was also clearly evident in the Foundation’s fulfilment of requests for assistance in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis in India. We were able to respond quickly largely because we have implementation partners who could understand the needs, connect with the appropriate authorities, identify and align vendors, and rope in the right people to work in challenging conditions. This gives us every confidence that the Foundation can both deepen and widen its impact footprint in the years to come.”
“Nature has its inimical way of teaching us lessons for the future. We are challenged to rise to the occasion, and we will.”
Dr. Nandini Rangaswamy Director, Cognizant Foundation
“It is heartening to note that Cognizant Foundation has continued its commendable work during the current year. The activities undertaken by it and the Cognizant Outreach team are truly worthy of appreciation. I wish Cognizant Foundation the best in carrying the work forward.
While it has caused untold misery to millions across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic that broke towards the end of the year has had its positive outcomes as well. The three focus areas of the Foundation – Healthcare, Education and Livelihood – have witnessed changes which have never been experienced before. We have seen healthcare workers around us donning the mantle of care for humanity and rendering a level of service that all of us are grateful for. Education has opened up a wider choice for the learners and innovative ways of course delivery for the teachers. Small and big entrepreneurs and businesses are inventing everyday products and services to maintain the livelihood of employees, vendors and customers. The Cognizant Foundation team has played a very significant role in supporting the needs of all the three sectors.
I pray that humanity gains compassion, service, and love for fellow humans from this unexpected and unprecedented calamity. Nature has its inimical way of teaching us lessons for the future. We are challenged to rise to the occasion, and we will. Cognizant Foundation can and will play a significant role.”
“Cognizant Foundation’s work is growing and we are able to expand the scope of our interventions even within our identified priority areas.”
Keshav Desiraju IAS (Retd.)
Director, Cognizant Foundation
“As I write these words, Cognizant Foundation has extended over ₹11 crores to organisations and hospitals across the country to help them in their emergency responses to COVID-19. It is a mark of the Foundation’s commitment that we were able, in the face of the very sudden outbreak of the virus, to source proposals, identify organisations in need, re-order budgets and make necessary funds available. Clearly these activities will dominate our work plans over the current year and I would like to express my appreciation to our colleagues who, through lockdown, have worked on reaching funds to recipient organisations. Cognizant Foundation’s work is growing and we are able to expand the scope of our interventions even within our identified priority areas. We are aware of the need to support organisations in regions where we do not, at present, have a footprint. We are constantly on the search for new partners, but we are also happy to continue supporting organisations we have worked with in the past.”
“The year saw the Foundation join hands with NGOs with a pan-India footprint to meaningfully expand its outreach into regions hitherto not commensurately supported.”
Ramkumar Ramamoorthy Director, Cognizant Foundation
“This past year was a landmark year for Cognizant Foundation. It marked a decade-and-a-half of the Foundation’s extraordinary support to millions of people in the areas of Education, Healthcare and Livelihood. It also marked the strengthening of the focus on programme orientation, driving sustainable, long-term societal impact. And, most importantly, the year saw the Foundation join hands with NGOs with a pan-India footprint to meaningfully expand its outreach into regions hitherto not commensurately supported, including the North East of India.
In the early stages of the outbreak of COVID-19 in India, the Foundation took a lead in making protective gear and diagnostic equipment available to frontline healthcare and other workers, and followed up with providing other critical medical devices, thereby helping arrest the spread of the disease, and save innumerable lives. Working closely with Cognizant Outreach, the employee volunteering arm of Cognizant, Foundation was able to establish last-mile connectivity and played a stellar role in mitigating the impact of the pandemic.
With increased funding, the ability to take on longer-term projects, a good roster of NGO partners with a pan-India presence, robust social impact assessment rubrics, and a highly experienced and active Board, the Foundation is today in a position to address much bigger issues and make the country a better place to live in.”