Pioneers of philanthropy support

Andrew Milner

Alliance associate editor Andrew Milner profiles some of the key people past and present who have been instrumental to the development of philanthropy infrastructure and have made major contributions both internationally and in their respective countries

Neera Nundy, India

With a background as an investment banker, Neera Nundy became the founder and partner of Dasra in 1999, an organization that is perhaps the most critical component of the philanthropy infrastructure in a country underserved in that respect. Dasra uses research-led processes to build a more strategic philanthropy in India and to encourage the development of its non-profit leaders in education, health and livelihood creation. Nundy incubated the Dasra Social-Impact programme, an executive education programme for social entrepreneurs, enabling more than 500 social organizations to receive over $40 million in funding in the past 14 years. She played a pivotal role in engaging with USAID and Kiawah Trust to form an alliance that focuses on reproductive, maternal and new-born child healthcare and adolescent girls’ empowerment in India. She is an Aspen Institute Fellow and board member of Mann Deshi Foundation and Jaipur Virasat Foundation. In 2009, she launched the Indian Philanthropy Forum, a network of over 250 philanthropists and corporate foundations which enables dialogue and collective giving among its adherents.

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