Dasra is catalyzing India's strategic philanthropy movement to transform a billion lives with dignity and equity. In 1999, Dasra was founded on the simple premise that supporting non-profits in their growth will scale their impact on the vulnerable lives they serve. Beginning with incubating NGOs like Magic Bus and Villgro and enabling them to scale, two decades later this theory of change continues to thrive at Dasra. It now encompasses strengthening leading NGOs, magnifying philanthropists’ impact and enabling government to better serve communities.
With a team of a 100+ individuals, Dasra acts as a catalyst in India’s vibrant philanthropic sector by driving collaborative action to accelerate social change. We work tirelessly to build partnerships with hundreds of non-profits in India and philanthropists from around the world, to ensure India achieves the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Nurturing uncompromising competence in a team inspired by social change
Fostering a trust based network of stakeholders to grow social capital
Leading a strategic philanthropy movement with powerful partnerships
Deepening impact in focused fields through scalable solutions
We nurture funders to become equal partners in the growth journey of nonprofits. By encouraging philanthropists to invest their skills, expertise, networks and capital, we maximize their impact to achieve audacious outcomes. To date, Dasra has shaped the philanthropic movement, with 70+ research reports, and actively worked with 500 corporates, foundations and philanthropists to direct INR 500+Cr (USD 80+million) towards the development of India.
Strengthening institutional capabilities and capacities of non-profits achieves both sustainable and scalable impact. Dasra has hand-held over 700 leading nonprofits through their scaling journeys in India.
We believe in the potential of India’s 254 million adolescents to define and shape our country’s future. Since 2011, we have channeled INR 168+Cr (USD 28 million) to reach 3.5 million girls, women and children in India. In 2017, Dasra launched India’s first multi-million dollar and multi-stakeholder collaborative platform, the Dasra 10to19 Adolescents Collaborative, which aims to transform the lives of adolescent girls and boys in India.
Over 70% of India’s faecal sludge (commonly known as shit) goes untreated, affecting the health and wellbeing of every citizen. Dasra, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is driving collaborative action to accelerate sustainable sanitation solutions. We are fostering a community of practice among multiple stakeholder to shape national and state level policy for improving decentralized treatment across urban India.
To make progress on most of India’s development challenges, it is essential to ensure governance that is open, accountable, participatory and responsive to the needs of all Indians. The Dasra Democracy and Governance Collaborative engages domestic philanthropy supporting the growth and impact of non-profits focused on strengthening democracy and governance.
Dasra’s research leads with actionable insights which shape strategic philanthropy and move the needle on sustainable development outcomes across India. Dasra focuses on sector-based research, mapping the landscape of critical issue areas and identifies high potential non-profits through due diligence. We influence the strategic philanthropy narrative through creative media and our convening ability for social impact.