Deval Sanghavi, Co-Founder of Dasra, discusses strategic philanthropy in India

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Deval Sanghavi, Co-Founder of Dasra, joins Alberto Lidji to discuss strategic philanthropy in India.


Dasra began as a venture philanthropy fund to invest in early stage non-profit organizations in India.


After listening to this episode you will have better insight into the philanthropic landscape in India; understand how grant-making foundations are including the voices of NGOs into their grant-making decisions and how NGO leaders are being supported.


About Deval Sanghavi


Deval’s quest for social justice began far before Dasra was established in 1999. He was often struck by the realisation that many children his age had a very different reality in India - one of living in abject poverty and begging at traffic lights for survival. These experiences paved the way for a journey of commitment to serve the marginalized communities and, eventually, led to the creation of Dasra.


Deval leads Dasra’s strategic philanthropy efforts and since 1999 he has directed over USD 100 million to the Indian social sector; incubated and launched the Dasra Philanthropy Forum and Dasra Philanthropy Week; initiated the Dasra Giving Circle; launched the Dasra Changemakers program, a peer-led learning platform aimed at inspiring philanthropists to take bold action to solve some of India’s most pressing problems; and championed and incubated Social Compact, an initiative that aspires to ensure greater dignity and equity for informal workers within industries in India. 


Deval holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual Honors degree in Business and Finance from the University of Texas, Austin, is a Cordes Fellow, and a founding board member of Magic Bus and Villgro. In 2014, he was awarded the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the 'Crossover Leaders' category for successfully transitioning from investment banking to the non-profit sector.