A street theatre performance talking about TYPF's work and why young people should engage. Dillihaat, 2008.

A street theatre performance talking about TYPF’s work and why young people should engage. Dillihaat, 2008.

The YP Foundation was founded as The Youth Parliament in 2002 and functioned as a voluntary collective with support from the India Habitat Centre. In 2007, we took the decision to register as a Public Charitable Trust and were renamed ‘The YP Foundation’ or TYPF as short form.

From 2002 – 2007, all donations raised were for direct expenditures only. Any public money raised and given to for the organization was maintained publicly and collectively amongst the team of young people running the organization.

In 2007, when the organization registered, it received 80% of its funding from a single grant from UNICEF, to conduct a standalone project on Child Labour and Child Rights.


Our Financial Model

In 2010, TYPF began its first multi year sustainability plan, drafting a fundraising strategy for the organization that would allow us to develop a reasonably de-risk model. Over the years, TYPF has scaled from being 100% community funded to securing multi year core funding from grant makers and donor organizations. Our focus towards this is on strengthening the evidence base for donors on why investments that are youth led and run are cost effective as well as strengthening collective funding for youth movements and organizations. TYPF currently has both an 80G tax status and a permanent FCRA registration in India. We are grateful for having received support from the following donors since 2007:

  • Global Fund for Children
  • Adobe Youth Voices
  • The Ford Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • UN Habitat
  • Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
  • Global Fund for Women
  • IDEA Cellular
  • Bain & Company (Seeds of Hope Initiative in India)
  • Dutch Foreign Ministry’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) Fund (through CREA)
  • Ministry of Culture, Government of India
  • CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality
  • The American Centre
  • India Habitat Centre
  • Rosmerta Technologies
  • Videocon
  • Ernest and Young
  • Powergrid Corporation
  • Punj Llyod
  • DLF
  • Cascade Enterprises
  • Individual Donors

Vikalp: Searching for Alternatives

TYPF in 2010, taking baby steps towards this, founded the ‘Vikalp Grant’ for youth led work and will continue to scale this grant up across the next 5 years. The Vikalp Grant provides funding for youth led work in India, specifically for young people who in ordinary circumstances find it hard to access funders or funding for the Human Rights issues they work with. The fund is annual has supported 3 initiatives so far in Bhopal, Maharashtra and Chennai, with the second leg releasing in 2011 and is youth led and managed, with additional technical expertise provided as and how required to grantees from partners. The fund constitutes of a percentage of TYPF’s Annual Income, irrespective of the status of the organization’s ability to reach its funding target in a year or not. This is based on the principles of challenging the ideology that organizations that receive funding cannot share the same resources and powers as ‘donors’, re distributing that funding more equitably amongst their peers. We believe that funding for youth led work is only going to be sustainable if the larger pool of resources available for young people is collectively shared. The lack of collective fundraising weakens youth movements and that there are always opportunities to share.

  • TYPF follows a de risk, diverse funding model that builds partnerships between young people and members of different communities, part of the organization’s strategy to ensure that empowering young people does not mean isolating them into a single community.
  • TYPF follows a 6 part funding model that is de-risk and diverse by nature, built with the primary purpose of keeping creative control with the young people who run the organization and scaled across years with a community agreement to adhere to a set of common values and principles. These are reviewed every year by the staff and board of the organization.
  • TYPF’s 6-part model is primarily donor dependent and is not income generational by itself. Fundraising is a community activity within the organization and is lead jointly by the Executive Director (ED) and 1 additional staff member who rotates this responsibility every year.
  • TYPF’s funding cycle runs from April to March and funding and fiscal planning for the New Year begins in January of the given year. The organization begins with a fiscal and fundraising review of the previous year and outcomes from the same feed into the same for the New Year.
  • Staff heading programmes work with the ED and Board of Trustees to identify sources for programmatic and institutional budgets from which the fundraising strategy is identified. Focus is made on ensuring that sources identified are sustainable, either in light of sustainable donor agenda’s or alternative funders within a given field who are interested in the programme.
  • Every issue is driven by certain funding ethics and limitations that are respected institutionally and form the organization’s funding values.
  • Due diligence is conducted collectively in the organization, monitored by the ED. Each programme team are accountable to and responsible for their due diligence with their own donors, provided annually or quarterly depending on the preference of the donor.
  • TYPF is audited quarterly and annually. Our monthly and quarterly audits are internal, with external clarifications where necessary and our Annual audit are external. The organization works with a finance team within the institution that comprises of young people and works with a Chartered Accountant Firm for the same..

Funding Sources

We are often asked – who supports us? From 2002 – 2007, until registration, the organization was completely funded by community donations that comprise of individual donors, fundraising event and in kind partnerships. Collectively, these sources allow us to retain creative control over our work. TYPF’s 6 part funding model is as follows, with targeted percentage sources, however, these percentage balances to shift or down depending on the year the organization was in and the funding climate of the same.

  • UN Agencies & GovernmentTYPF receives programme funding which is annual, based on an alignment of vision, values and programmatic policy priorities from UN and Government Agencies. This has included Government of Nagaland, UNICEF, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNESCO and UNFPA. UN Agencies are in principle never silent funders, but are brought in as technical partners to create a more enabling environment within or for a given programme.
  • Grantmakers: TYPF works with several donor organizations both in India and abroad. TYPF’s first grantmakers were the Global Fund for Children in 2009 and they continue to support our work till today. Grantmakers usually provide multi-year funding, aligned with their own programmatic areas of focus. Our biggest grants come from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation as of 2014.
  • Corporate Partnerships:  Corporate agencies have funded both core support as well as programmatic work. Corporate partners are thought through, not with the blind rules of whom we can and cannot receive funding from but rather the context and values of the funder and we believe in a strong dialogue process as part of the same. TYPF works with corporate organizations through CSR and Sponsorship Partnerships on a case-to-case basis.
  • Individual Donors: Individual Donors  have continued to form the majority of our funding sources since inception in 2002. Individual donors follow a range of ‘giving’ models that include both interactive investments and added skills support and professional services. TYPF offers a ‘Give As You Earn’ model that allows a donor to fund a specific or generic component on a monthly, 6 monthly or annual basis.
  • Fundraising Activities:  These are public community activities that have also served as an excellent way for the organization to engage with the communities it works in, encouraging public opinion and involvement with the vision of the organization and the need for adults to invest in youth in their own communities. Specific activities as part of the same include a Resource/Raddi Recycling Drive, Bake Sales, Concerts and Partnerships.
  • Member Fees: TYPF does not charge any member fees from young people who are a part of it. However all young people who work with the organization are expected to collabortively participate in fundraising activities TYPF organizes and make a minimum commitment of helping the organization raise INR 150 (USD 2.5) through the same. Every year TYPF establishes a special Fundraising Core Team led by Peer Educators, Volunteers and Staff that lead work in this area.

Support Us!

If you would like to consider supporting our work, you can do so in the following ways:

  • Cash Donations (As per Income Tax Law in India) for Indian Citizens
  • Via Wire Transfer to the organization’s bank account (details provided below)
  • Via Cheque or Draft, to be made out to ‘ The YP Foundation’

The YP Foundation is a registered Charitable Trust in India with an 80G Tax Exemption Status.

  • Our TAN Number: DELTO7355F
  • Our PAN Number: AABTT4342D
  • Registration Number: 3391 in Book No.4 Vol. No.3044.
  • Chartered Accountants: Rohit Sethi and Associates, 14 Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
  • TYPF has a registered FCRA and is eligible to receive donations on foreign currencies
  • FCRA Number: 231661317

We will provide a receipt for the donation upon receiving the same to all donations. All donors are required to share the following details, as per Indian Tax Law:

  • First and Last Name
  • PAN Number (If an Indian Citizen)
  • Address

If you would like to make a wire transfer, details for the same can be obtained from theypfoundation@gmail.com. We are currently in the process of enabling online donations.