About OSA Impact
Our History, Ethos, and Approach
Our History & Ethos
In September 2016, OSA Impact was started by next generation Odias in OSA as a vehicle for creating social impact in our home state. We believe in giving back to Odisha in an effective and sustainable manner.
Above all, we emphasize execution – whether it be internally or with the companies, nonprofits, or colleges we partner with. We look for the doers.
I. Inform: Connecting the Odia Diaspora
It’s difficult to understand the realities of social issues while not on the ground, while not actually speaking to organizations that are trying to solve the problems. Even Odias living elsewhere in India find it difficult to find reliable and updated information.
For that reason, OSA Impact has just launched Insights, an easy to consume bi-weekly email briefing that aims to keep the Odia diaspora informed. We take the time to conduct our own research, interview NGO’s on the ground, and curate only the most relevant information to share with you. Join us here.
II. Invest: Injecting Philanthropic Capital
For our Invest initiative, we look to provide philanthropic grants to people and organizations that are innovatively solving social problems in Odisha. Most importantly, we look for those that are effectively employing sustainable business models and are minimizing donor dependency. We concentrate our grants in sectors that do not traditionally receive mainstream capital, including the sanitation, livelihood, and clean energy sectors, among others.
In addition to direct grants, we are also working with Invest India and Startup Odisha to provide a platform for interested members of the Odia diaspora to individually engage in Odisha’s development via an angel network.