Underlying everything Given does is the belief that equity or "equal opportunity" is the cornerstone to civilization. Every human being must have roughly the same opportunity to succeed in life, irrespective of where or how s/he is born.
Unfortunately, this tends to not be true. The last two decades have witnessed a widening of the gap between the rich and poor in India. While the poor in India don't get a fair chance to succeed in life (lack of access to decent education, healthcare and livelihood opportunities), the well-off continue to enjoy benefits from a globalizing economy- greater incomes, reducing taxes, 100% inheritance, etc. The net result is a ticking time-bomb of growing social unrest
Smart of Giving believes that a caring and sensitive well-to-do section can change this without waiting for the situation to explode. To quote Prof William Sandstorms, "?although the pursuit of distributive justice is often thought to require a political or collective response, we should not allow this to let us off the hook when it comes to personal morality. Each of us could probably afford to give much more to private, charitable efforts to alleviate poverty and suffering. Indeed, given the failure of our political leaders to provide anywhere near an adequate response, private action has become indispensable."
A world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.
To inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. To establish high-quality, one-stop community learning centre’s for the poor; implementing specialized learning environments which develop children academically and socially, empowering them to become productive members of society..
We take personal responsibility for using our resources efficiently, achieving measurable results, and being accountable to supporters, partners and, most of all, children.
We are demanding of ourselves and our colleagues, set high goals and are committed to improving the quality of everything we do for children
We respect and value each other, thrive on our diversity, and work with partners to leverage our global strength in making a difference for children.
We are open to new ideas, embrace change, and take disciplined risks to develop sustainable solutions for and with children.
We aspire to live to the highest standards of personal honesty and behaviour; we never compromise our reputation and always act in the best interests of children.