The Independent and Public-Spirited (IPS) Media Foundation promotes excellence in independent, public-spirited and socially impactful journalism. The Foundation is a public charitable trust registered via a trust deed executed on July 1, 2015.

The Foundation provides financial and other assistance to organizations creating and distributing public-interest information to the public at large using digital media, social media, mass media or any other media, thereby bringing about proper awareness and improving public understanding of issues.

The Foundation has been registered under Section 12AA (a) of the IT Act, 1961 and its registration number is CIT(E)/BLR/12A/M-134/AABT12413E/ITO(E)-1/ Vol 2015-2016 with effect from January 8, 2016.

The Foundation has also been granted approval under section 80G (5) (vi) of the IT Act 1961 with effect from January 8, 2016 (Approval no: CIT(E)/BLR/80G/M-135/AABT12413E/ITO(E)-1/ Vol. 2015-2016)

He is the Chairperson of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) – India’s first prospective National University for Research and Innovation to address challenges of urbanisation. Mr. C.B. Bhave was also the former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Mr. C.B. Bhave was also the former Chairman and Managing Director of National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL).
Dr. Rukmini Banerji is the CEO of Pratham Education Foundation, one of India’s largest NGOs working in education. A graduate in Economics from St Stephen’s College, she studied at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, and later took a Ph D from the University of Chicago. Ms Banerji has been a member of the national leadership team of Pratham and has extensive field experience both in programme implementation and research. She has led the Annual Status of Education Report effort since its launch in 2005.
Shyam Divan is a senior Supreme Court advocate. He appears for citizens’ groups in environment-related cases. He assists the apex courts as amicus curiae in the Ballari illegal iron ore mining case. He is co-author of the widely used textbook Environmental Law and Policy in India and has authored chapters in the Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (2016). Mr Divan is co-chair of the LAWASIA Human Rights Section and on the Boards of Consumer Education and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, and CARE.
An Award-winning journalist and one of India’s most respected economic editors, Mr. T.N. Ninan is the Chairman & Editorial Director of Business Standard. He has also served as chairman or member of the governing boards of a number of non-profit bodies and trusts, in the fields of media, environment, education and public affairs.


Till date the Foundation has provided grants to the following entities:


The Foundation has received donations from the following (names in alphabetical order):

The Foundation has received donations and significant commitments of donations from over a dozen individuals and charitable organizations. Donors wish to have no say in funding decisions taken by the Foundation, and have entrusted the Trustees to run the IPS Media Foundation as an independent entity with the help of an operating team.
  • 1. Mr. Aamir Khan
  • 2. Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives Private Limited
  • 3. Mr. Cyrus Guzder
  • 4. Ms. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
  • 5. Lal Family Foundation
  • 6. Manipal Education and Medical Group India Pvt Ltd
  • 7. Piramal Enterprises Limited
  • 8. Pirojsha Godrej Foundation
  • 9. Quality Investment Pvt. Ltd.
  • 10. Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies
  • 11. Rohinton and Anu Aga Family Discretionary No. 2 Trust
  • 12. Sri Nataraja Trust
  • 13. Tejaskiran Pharmachem Ind. P. Ltd.
  • 14. Unimed Technologies Ltd.
  • 15. Viditi Investment Pvt. Ltd.


News about the Foundation's grantees

Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Shorenstein Journalism Award. The award, given annually by Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), is conferred upon a journalist who has produced outstanding reporting on Asia and has contributed significantly to the Western understanding of the region. Varadarajan will headline a panel discussion on April 16, 2018, at Stanford.

In April 2017, in a three-part series, IndiaSpend examined what living with disability in India means, particularly with regard to access to education and employment, 22 years after the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act was passed. This series won the Special Jury Award at the Press Institute of India-International Committee of the Red Cross Awards.

Live Law was awarded the  Best Legal News Portal of the Year 2017 by the Indian National Bar Association [INBA] in November last year. Each year, INBA felicitates the Individuals, In-house Counsels, Law Firms and Subject Experts who performed exceptionally well in their respective fields. After 2 successful editions, INBA is announcing its 3rd edition of awards on 68th Constitution Day under various categories of excellence.

The News Minute won the  Kerala Media Award for Reportage on Child Rights 2016-2017, organised jointly by UNICEF and Kerala Child Rights Observatory. This is for their joint story on child marriages in Malappuram. Editor-in-Chief Dhanya Rajendran was also featured on the Fortune 40 under 40 List this year.

The Better India has won the Abby Award for its branded content series 'Breaking Barriers' in partnership with Unilever. Nieman's Lab did a piece on The Better India's unique approach to journalism.


If you are someone who is passionate about meaningful journalism and have already taken the entrepreneurial plunge or looking to set up something new, we are inviting applications. Please download our questionnaire here and mail it back to us on contact@ipsmf.org

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