Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) is one of the oldest philanthropic institutions in India. It was set up in 1919 in accordance with the will of Sir Ratan Tata, the younger son of Tata group Founder Jamsetji Tata, a year after his demise.
An altruist, Sir Ratan Tata constantly endeavoured for social change. During his lifetime, he supported several institutions and various deserving causes. After his demise in 1918 and as per his will, the bulk of his wealth went into the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, which was established with a corpus of Rs. 8 million, to further Sir Ratan Tata's vision of building a self-sufficient nation through the advancement of education, learning and industry. The Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust, formed in 1974, in memory of Sir Ratan Tata’s wife Navajbai, and the Tata Education & Development Trust, formed in 2008, embody a similar approach in their endeavor to enhance lives of the marginalised, whilst ensuring national development. The other allied trusts are the Sarvajanik Seva Trust and Bai Hirabai J. N. Tata Navsari Charitable Institution.
The Trusts implement initiatives for the communities and also support development initiatives by partnering with civil society organisations in the areas of education, health, rural livelihoods and communities, arts, craft and culture, and civil society and governance. Apart from bestowing institutional grants, the Trusts also support individuals through grants for education and medical relief.
The Trusts have always strived to bring about sustainable change in the lives of the marginalised communities of the nation. In many ways, the Trusts are responsible for transforming traditional notions of charity in the country.