"To my father, the acquisition of wealth was only a secondary object in life; it was always subordinate to the constant desire in his heart to improve the industrial and intellectual condition of the people of this country…Kind fate has…permitted me to help in bringing to completion, his inestimable legacy of service to the country."
Established in 1932 by Sir Dorabji Tata, the elder son of group Founder Jamsetji Tata, the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Allied Trusts are one of India’s oldest and largest philanthropic foundations. The trusts offer monetary assistance to students and economically disadvantaged patients, make financial contributions to institutions and provide financial support to non-governmental organisations in the country. Their vision of constructive philanthropy has been sensitive to the fast-growing needs of a developing nation, and the projects and programmes they support bear contemporary relevance.
The Trusts include:
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust: One of India's oldest and non-sectarian philanthropic organisations, the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust was established in 1932 to catalyse development across the nation through contemporary initiatives.
The JN Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians: The JN Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians has been helping Indian students since 1892 with loan scholarships for higher studies. People consider it a matter of pride to be called a 'JN Tata Scholar'. There are more than 4,800 JN Tata Scholars all over the world.
JRD Tata Trust: Founded in 1944, this Trust offers institutional grants with a focus on overall developmental issues. Additionally, the JRD Tata Trust gives scholarships for studies in India.
Jamsetji Tata Trust: Founded in 1974, this Trust offers institutional grants that are centred on overall developmental issues and has the same programme mandate as the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. It also gives free grants to select JNT scholars.
JRD and Thelma J Tata Trust: Aimed at promoting the welfare, education, health, rehabilitation and overall upliftment of women in India, JRD Tata established the JRD and Thelma J Tata Trust in 1991.
Tata Education Trust, Tata Social Welfare Trust and RD Tata Trust: Created in 1990, the primary focus of these trusts is institutional grant making.
Lady Tata Memorial Trust: The Lady Tata Memorial Trust, established in 1932, funds individual scientific research into diseases of the blood with a special reference to leukaemia internationally, and individual/ institutional scientific research for alleviation of suffering due to other diseases in India.
Lady Meherbai D Tata Education Trust: Established in 1932, the Lady Meherbai D Tata Education Trust empowers young Indian women through higher education. It extends scholarships to graduates, from recognised Indian universities, for pursuing higher studies abroad.