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Insaan connects philanthropists with those in need across the Indian Ocean region. Our mission is to engage in high-impact philanthropy that changes the lives of many, for better, for good.

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
Albert Einstein

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”
Rabindranath Tagore

Insaan in 2 minutes
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INSAAN MEANS “HUMAN”

Our name reflects our commitment to people, who are at the center of all we do. Insaan is a philanthropic fund that works in education and entrepreneurship with a focus on the broader Indian Ocean region. We invest in innovative ventures that serve the poor. And we ensure that they have a verifiable impact. Our mission is to make philanthropy more effective, high impact.

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We invest in ventures that serve the poor, and re-invest all revenues to serve more.

HOW WE WORK

We connect those who want a better world with those in need and measure that lives are indeed being changed, for the better, and for good.

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Partner

Insaan was founded with the support of the Pamela and Pierre Omidyar Fund. We work with families, Zakat givers, corporations, and individual philanthropists.

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Select

We work through our networks to find ventures involved in education and entrepreneurship. We get to know the organizations and people within them.

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Measure

We meet the end-users or beneficiaries in the field. We engage them, listen, ask questions, and try to understand their vision of a better life – in their own words.

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Grow

We disburse funds through equity or grant and continue to work closely with ventures over the life of the funding. We help ventures grow so they can better serve the poor.

WHY ARE WE DIFFERENT?

Our work derives from our values, and not the reverse. Insaan is an intellectual and ethical engagement that represents our team’s long-standing dedication to changing the lives of the poor.

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Field Experience

We have years of experience in the field, working with the poor and living among them in cities and villages across the developing world.

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Diverse Perspectives

We apply our diverse personal and academic backgrounds, from economics to philosophy, human development to statistics to approach the problems of poverty with critical thinking and ingenuity.

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Cost-Effectiveness

From our virtual office to our commitment to attracting outstanding and committed professionals to build knowledge, we strive to be a model of cost-effectiveness.

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People-Centered Systems

We are open to market solutions and extra-market approaches because reality is complex for the poor. We don’t over-simplify solutions to poverty.

MEET OUR TEAM

We are a truly eclectic group of people with whom to work: leaders with extensive joint and parallel field experience, remarkable directors by their skills and commitment, and passionate individuals we call “knowledge builders”.

OUR "MONSOON" REGION

Insaan focuses on the broader Indian Ocean region, where some of the world’s poorest live, and some of the world’s most exciting solutions to global poverty are emerging – as you read this.

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USA – New York

Insaan Group
Legally registered as a non-profit corporation
501(c)(3)
New York, NY
Tax ID number: 74-3182378
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The Netherlands – Amsterdam

Stichting (Foundation) Insaan Group Europe
Legally registered as a tax-exempt foundation
SBI-Code: 94996
RSIN: 851204533
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UAE – Dubai

Insaan Group
c/o Farahnaz Karim
PO Box 19282
Dubai, UAE
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Kenya

Soko
Handicraft producers linked to markets via mobile phone technology
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India

Gyan Shala
Low cost school model
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India

Mela Artisans
Artisan groups linked to global markets
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Work

SOCIAL INVESTMENTS

The ventures we fund provide innovative, sustainable and high impact solutions to the problems of the poor. We implement a rigorous selection process, ourselves, which involves regular field work.

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

We build our metrics from the ground up based on the narratives of people who are changing their own lives. We document the stories of people to measure how their lives are being changed and provide insights “from the field” to build up our knowledge.

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Handcrafted Fashion Accessories that Empower Women

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The Soko Technology Explained

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Meet "King" David

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How Gyan Shala Works

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Voices from Gyan Shala

ART

At Insaan we believe that statistics and metrics alone cannot capture human change, nor can stories. Art in all its forms – photography, cinema, representation, and beyond – is also necessary to our understanding of the human experience in all its raw depth. It is part of how all people, from philanthropists to end-users to the Insaan team, can strengthen our understanding of one another.

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Insaan has a partnership with Jacob Balzani Lööv, an outstanding and engaged photographer and videographer to document the lives of our end-users and the work we support on-the-ground. A visual narrator.

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On December 5th 2012, Insaan held a Philanthropy Art Auction at the Capital Club in Dubai featuring the extraordinary, Nairobi-based artist, Fitsum Berhe Woldelibanos.

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Engage

Change the World Now

100% of your donations go directly to the ventures we support. Insaan’s generous board of directors covers all our operational expenses – so you don’t have to.

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Give on birthdays

(your own and that of your friends’ and family’s)

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Share on special occasions

(in lieu of wedding gifts, on a promotion or a good bonus year)

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Donate on global celebrations

(Eid, Diwali, Nawruz, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.)

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Give $1 every day

(and think of those who live on that)

Insaan is registered as a 501(c)(3) charity in the United States, as well as a foundation in the European Union, in the Netherlands. Ask us for tax-exemption receipts.

Contact Us
Farahnaz Karim
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
farahnaz@insaangroup.org
Dubai Tel. +971 (0)52 908 1894
New York Tel. +1 917 432 9313
Skype: farahnazkarim
Elizabeth Kronoff
Chief Analytics Officer
e.kronoff@insaangroup.org
Seattle Tel. +1 253 304 0109
Skype: elizabeth.kronoff
Annabel Azim
Chief Performance Officer
a.azim@insaangroup.org
London Tel. +44 (0)75 8171 4744
Skype: annabelazim
 
James Gibson
Chief Financial Officer
j.gibson@insaangroup.org
Skype: j.gibson3