Make A Difference

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Make A Difference (MAD)
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Founded 2006
Founders Jithin John Varghese, Santosh Warrier, Kavin KK, Gloria Benny, Jithin Nedumala, Sujith Varkey
Type Non-Profit Society. Registered 80G / 12A
Focus Equitable outcomes for children in shelters
Area served
Method Empowering Children, Changing the Ecoystem, Enabling the Sector
Rizwan Tayabali
Santosh Warriar, Kavin K K, Abid Millath, Jithin C Nedumala

Make A Difference (MAD) is an Indian non-profit organisation, working to ensure better outcomes for children in orphanages and shelters across India. Make a Difference works with nearly 3460 children in 67 shelter homes across 23 cities in India, delivering impact through a fellow-managed volunteering model of 4,250 young participants. It is currently run by Rizwan Tayabali and Jithin C Nedumala. Make A Difference is registered in Cochin, with a core team based in Bangalore, and operations spread across over 20 Indian cities.


Make A Difference was founded by Jithin Nedumala and Sujith Varkey, together with Gloria Benny, Kavin K K, Santosh Babu and Jithin John Varghese. These six founding members fleshed out the concept of Make A Difference and formed a founding team with friends, peers and members of the community.

The first generation of Make A Difference, started with the recruitment of teachers via a presentation made by Jithin, Sujith and Kavin to friends and peers in 2006. Approximately 20 volunteers signed up, and the first chapter of MAD was set up in Cochin, soon after which the organisation formally registered as a non-profit society.

From that point on, Make A Difference grew exponentially. Others to have played seminal roles in the growth and success of Make A Difference have been Samarth Agarwal who served as CEO from 2011-12, Sanjana Kuruvilla who has been on the board since 2008; and most recently Rizwan Tayabali who redesigned and restructured both the solution and the organisation to focus on macro outcomes.

Make A Difference remained completely volunteer driven until 2010, when the size and complexity of operations drove the need for a full time workforce to provide strategic and operational support for city teams around the country. This was the same year that Michelle Obama chose Make A Difference to be one of the four non-profits she visited on her trip to India.[1]


Back-a-thon is an event organized to create awareness among public. In this, the participants would walk back indicating illitaracy should removed from a child's life.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Make A Difference’s work in India was recognised by Michelle Obama who chose Make A Difference as one of the few organisations to visit on her trip to India in 2010.[3]
  • Make A Difference was recently one of four NGO's called to launch the Queen's Young Leaders Trust via the first ever Royal Google+ Hangout in 2014.[4]
  • 2014 - eNGO Challenge Award: Winner, Communications and Outreach category[5]
  • 2014 - Website of The Year India: Winner, Charities Category [6]


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