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India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI)

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) was set up by the Government of India in 2008 as a not-for-profit Trust to facilitate Overseas Indian philanthropy into social and development projects in India. The Trust is exempt from provisions of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010 of the Ministry of Home Affairs which enables IDF-OI to receive foreign contributions.

IDF-OI is administered by a Board of Trustees, chaired by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs.

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3 Annual Report 2015-16 (Hindi) IDF Brochure(1.26 MB)

IDF-OI Board of Trustees:


Smt. Sushma Swaraj
Minister of External Affairs

Vice Chairman

Shri Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay
Secretary (OIA and CPV) Ministry of External Affairs

Eminent Overseas Indians

Dr Bharat Haridas Barai
Medical Director of the Cancer Institute, Methodist Hospitals,Indiana, USA

Mr. Y. Sudhir Shetty
President, UAE Exchange Centre, UAE

Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A
Chairman and Managing Director, Lulu International, UAE

Mr. Joginder Pal Sanger
Chairman, Mastcraft Ltd, UK

Eminent Resident Indians

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
President, The Art of Living

Mr. Ashwini Vaishnaw
Managing Director, GE Transportation

Mr. Vara Prasad Rongala
Managing Director, Invensis Technologies

Swami Chidanand Saraswati
President, Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Ex-Officio Members

Shri Rajiv Mehrishi
Home Secretary

Dr. S. Jaishankar
Foreign Secretary

Shri Shaktikanta Das
Secretary, Dept of Economic Affairs

Shri Amitabh Kant
CEO, Niti Aayog


Smt. Vani Rao
Joint Secretary (OIA II), Ministry of External Affairs

Objectives of the Trust:

  • Lead philanthropy by overseas Indians into India and facilitate philanthropic partnerships.
  • Provide a list of credible institutions, projects and programmes to Overseas Indians.
  • Function as a clearing house for all philanthropy related information on India.
  • Partner with and encourage credible philanthropic organisations.
  • Promote accountability and 'good practices' in overseas Indian philanthropy.

Mandate :

IDF-OI’s present mandate is to promote the following projects for funding by Overseas Indians:
  • Government of India’s flagship programmes – National Mission for Clean Ganga and Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • Social and Development projects identified by State Governments.

Recognizing the emotional connect of Overseas Indians with their place of origin in India, IDF-OI has also partnered with State Governments to offer projects identified by them for contribution by Overseas Indians. 15 States are now working with IDF-OI and are keen to seek assistance of Overseas Indians for projects in areas like Women’s Empowerment, Sustainable Livelihood, Education, Sanitation, and Healthcare. Projects are available for funding in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra.

Monitoring Mechanism:

During and after project implementation, the contributor will receive quarterly progress reports from project implementing agency regarding the impact made by the project; and feedback about actual site/beneficiaries along with photographs/videos. The project implementation reports will also be posted on the IDF-OI portal. The reports will have the contacts of the State Government or the implementing agency should the donor wish to contact them directly Contributors will receive quarterly accounts of actual Project expenditures from implementing agencies to ensure that the schedule of Project goals, the actual costs as compared with the original budget estimates is being met.

IDF-OI does not charge any administrative cost from contributions made by Overseas Indians. Every rupee of the contribution will go where it is needed the most.

To contribute, please visit https://idfoi.nic.in/contribute.aspx

Bank Details:

Funds can be transferred to IDF-OI’s Bank Account.

Contribute from your Foreign Bank Accounts:

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians
State Bank of India
Central Secretariat Branch,
North Block, New Delhi 110001
A/C no. 33819721882
IFSC code SBIN0000625
MICR 110002014

Contribute from your NRE/NRO Accounts in India:

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians
State Bank of India
Central Secretariat Branch,
North Block, New Delhi 110001
A/C no. 35970338478
IFSC code SBIN0000625
MICR 110002014

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Contact details

Address : Room No. 1005, Ministry of External Affairs
Akbar Bhawan, Satya Marg Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021
Phone : +91 11 26881052 / 24676210
Fax : +91 11 26882431
Email : ceo.idf@moia.nic.in ,coo.idf@mea.gov.in
Website : http://www.idfoi.nic.inExternal website that opens in a new window
Facebook : www.facebook.com/idfoi
Twitter : @GivingtoIndia