Our online poll closed on Friday and the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize “readers’ winner” is … Dhaval Udani, CEO of GiveIndia. Congratulations, Dhaval!
Dhaval Udani started volunteering for GiveIndia seven years ago, joined GiveIndia as a staff member two and a half years later, and became CEO in 2011. When he joined GiveIndia, it was raising $1.5 million from its core activities. Five years later it is raising $5.5 million – in a country where structured and regular online giving by ordinary individuals was unknown until ten years ago. http://www.GiveIndia.org is one of the world’s first online donation marketplaces and is now perhaps the largest source of indigenously raised funds for Indian NGOs; it is expected to raise and disburse over $7 million this year. Over the next three years, he says, the target is to raise $20 million a year, but ‘my biggest challenge is to try to find a way to get more passionate and committed people involved’.
Read the full interview with Dhaval here>
In parallel with the online poll for Alliance readers, the panel of judges were deliberating and coming to their decision. The winner of the 2014 Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize will be announced at a special awards ceremony at the WINGS Forum in Istanbul on 27 March. Watch this space to find out more!
Read about all the Olga Prize finalists here>