Faizal & Shabana Foundation: a venture philanthropic approach to education

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Government schools in India were famous for being ramshackle and dingy, thus not providing the most ideal of atmospheres conducive for learning. Faizal Kottikollon, the founding chairman of Faizal and Shabana Foundation (F&SF) was determined to bring about a change in this norm. In April 2014, he was on his way to the PRISM1 office located at the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls, Nadakkavu in Kozhikode, Kerala. This school, barely a kilometer away, was the first to bear the fruit of his determination. He was on the way to attend the board mee ting of the PRISM committee convened by Mr. A. Pradeep Kumar, the local Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Kozhikode. The efficient implementation in redeveloping a government school by a family foundation, earned Mr. Kottikollon many accolades from the public, media as well as the Kerala government, which showed a keen interest to scale up the project to other government schools in the state. Mr. Kottikollon himself was very interested in making a wider impact through such projects to bring quality education to students in other government schools. Mr. Pradeep Kumar had convened the board meeting to discuss the scaling up plans. As Mr. Kottikollon's car waited at a traffic signal, he began contemplating on the experience he had had so far, and wondered what would be the most appropriate role that he and his family foundation could play in the long run and the model that could be used to scale.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalEmerald Emerging Markets Case Studies
Issue number1
Early online date19 Feb 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Feb 2019


  • corporate social responsibility
  • corporate social entrepreneurship
  • strategic management
  • venture philanthropy
  • emerging markets
  • India


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