Dasra began as a venture philanthropy fund to invest in early stage non-profit organizations in India. The aim was to bridge the gap between funders and non-profits by educating funders to be more strategic in their giving, and helping non-profits use the funds in the most optimal way.
Through our journey, we have realized that when our dream is to impact the lives of a billion Indians, we cannot do it alone. For India to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, funders, nonprofits and the government must work together, share learnings and create joint solutions that work. To achieve this impact at scale, our model has grown to facilitate collaborations between funders, non-profits, corporations and the government. We are proud to be partnering with leading family foundations and philanthropists in India and abroad to help them shape their vision and dream big.
We place the lives of communities at the forefront of all our work.
We believe that providing unrestricted funding is critical to strengthening organizations’ institutional backbones and enabling them to scale their impact.
We trust and respect the wisdom of local, home-grown non-profits working to create change, and believe in the power of investing in their leaders.
We believe in the value of building a trust-based network among non-profits, funders and government, and collaborate as equal partners.
We believe that capital alone is not enough to solve India’s complex development challenges; educating funders on the value of also lending time, expertise and networks is critical.
We believe in taking an outcomes-based, long-term approach to philanthropy.