Sir Dorabji Tata and Allied Trusts

Sir Dorabji Tata And Allied Trusts

Sir Dorabji Tata and Allied Trusts

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The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust was established by Sir Dorab Tata (fondly called Sir Dorabji), the elder son of Tata Group founder Jamsetji Tata. Founded in 1932, it is one of the oldest non-sectarian philanthropic organisations in India.

Like his father, Sir Dorabji believed that one must make use of the wealth one had acquired for constructive purposes. So, in less than a year after his wife Meherbai's death, he donated all his wealth to the Trust, insisting that it must be used "without any distinction of place, nationality or creed", for the advancement of learning and research, the relief of distress and other charitable purposes. He died three months later.

The wealth that he turned over to the Trust comprised his substantial share holdings in Tata Sons, Indian Hotels and allied companies, his landed properties and 21 pieces of jewellery left by his wife, including the famous Jubilee Diamond, estimated then to be of the value of Rs 10 million. Today, these would be worth more than Rs 500 million.

As the Trust got formed and the trustees deliberated on the policy aspects and finalized them, it decided to adopt a broad framework -- that it should undertake such projects, which are too large for individuals to handle and that each of these projects should have a genuine relevance to the welfare of the country.

The Trust is mandated to:┬╗ Maintain and support schools, educational institutions and hospitals┬╗ Provide relief in distress caused by the elements of nature...
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