Nita Ambani recoginized among top Philanthropists of 2020

The Summer issue of Town & Country, America’s leading general interest magazine,
has featured Smt. Nita Ambani and the Reliance Foundation among the Top
Philanthropists of 2020 who are saving lives and our sense of hope given the
circumstances of Covid-19. The coverage spotlights Smt. Ambani for leading Reliance
Foundation’s efforts in feeding frontline workers and the poor, its financial
contributions, and for setting up India’s first Covid-19 hospital. She is the only Indian
in the list that features prominent global individuals, such as Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey,
Laurene Powell Jobs, the Lauder Family, Donatella Versace, Michael Bloomberg,
Leonardo Di Caprio and more.
Town & Country is the leading American lifestyle magazine and the oldest continually
published (since 1846) general interest magazine in the United States. It dedicates
one full issue annually to the philanthropists who impress with their commitment,
ingenuity, and largesse. “This year’s list has an added sense of urgency: Under historic
circumstances, these people are saving our lives, and our sense of hope, right now,”
the magazine noted.
The magazine further noted, “We’ve seen it time and again: In the aftermath of
terrorism, tragedy, and trauma, the generous and the just respond with speed and
flexibility to help those most affected. This agility and responsiveness make
philanthropy unique… and it makes philanthropy a vital public good, in these times
and all times.
Philanthropy is a word. From the Greek, it roughly translates as love for humankind.
But it also is an idea. Philanthropy brings light to the darkness, hope in moments of
despair, and in moments of crisis, relief and response and resolve. It translates
generosity into justice for all.”
Recognizing the effort of Smt, Ambani and the Foundation, the magazine stated, “the
Reliance Foundation—the philanthropic initiative of Reliance Industries, founded and
chaired by Ambani—distributed millions of meals and masks to frontline workers and
the poor, set up India’s first hospital for Covid-19 patients, and donated $72 million to
an emergency fund.”
Speaking at this occasion, Smt. Nita Ambani, Chairperson of Reliance Foundation
said, “Crises almost always demand immediate and urgent attention, of relief, of
resources, of ingenuity and most importantly of compassion. Over the years, we have
equipped ourselves at the Foundation and at Reliance Industries to respond to crises
with immediate, multi-pronged as well as systematic and calibrated responses to make
our effort impactful and sustained. We are pleased and humbled that our initiative is
being recognised at the global level. Our philanthropy is committed to support our
government and our community whenever the need arises.”

Reliance Foundation, under Smt Ambani’s leadership stepped up its efforts to address
the health and the humanitarian crises that the nation faced due to the Covid-19
Pandemic. In one of the first initiatives in the country, Reliance Foundation worked
with local authorities in Mumbai to build a 100 bed Covid Hospital in less than two
weeks in the month of March. The facility, that started taking Covid patients by end of
March, was further expanded with Reliance Foundation’s support to more than 220
beds in April. In response to the fast developing humanitarian crisis related to loss of
livelihoods for millions, Reliance Foundation started a nationwide Food service called
Anna Seva which has served 50 million meals so far and has become the world’s

largest corporate meal programme. Reliance Foundation has also continued its multi-
pronged efforts including starting online medical assistance for people, home

quarantine facility for Covid patients in Mumbai, support to rural communities and food
and healthcare for pets, strays and livestock animals across the country. Reliance
Industries also commenced manufacturing of masks and PPEs and has contributed to
the country achieving self-sufficiency in production of these critical items in the fight
against the pandemic.

Jothi.S