“With a large number of registered non-profits in India, understanding the key issues and who to support through your philanthropy can be bewildering. Dasra’s research reports on charitable sectors, due diligence of charities and on-going management assistance brings confidence to donors that their funding is making a real difference.”
This is a sampling of the kind of questions that stakeholders across the spectrum put to Dasra. And our answers come out of over 15 years of experience gained from engaging with 900 social organizations and 3000 corporates, philanthropists and foundations. We use this collective wisdom to create knowledge and provide insight that make your giving strategic and effective.
Dasra’s research is a culmination of thorough analysis, expert engagement and diligence on existing social programs in priority development areas. For any given issue, each report uses a rigorous selection framework to map the universe of social organizations and identify those with the greatest potential. Dasra then works closely with these organizations to build robust strategic plans that will help them achieve impact at scale.
Dasra also subsequently uses this knowledge to engage with leading media outlets such as The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Economist, Forbes and The Entrepreneur to mainstream development issues and expand strategic giving in India.
“At Hindustan Times, we take great pride in raising critical issues of national interest. Our association with Dasra helped us spotlight the issue of adolescent girl empowerment, and tell our readers about the phenomenal work of various non-profits in this area. We are determined to sustain this association, and to continue to strive for significant change in the lives of the 113 million daughters of India.”
- 660organizations recommended for funding
- 70+research reports & white papers published
- 597media articles
“Dasra has been a strategic partner of SNEHA since 2011. They have helped with budgeting, staff training, bringing new donors on board and providing SNEHA with numerous platforms to talk about our work. Dasra takes the trouble to understand ground realities, and provide valuable inputs and support to help the organization find solutions.”
Leading and growing an organization is lonely, challenging and complex work. Dasra enables leaders to not only navigate these complexities, but also thrive and maximize their impact.
At Dasra, we identify the most effective social organizations and equip them with skills, frameworks, know-how and networks so they can impact more lives, faster. We work with social organizations in two ways – Leadership Development Programs and Portfolio Support.
Leadership Development Programs
Dasra Social Impact is a peer learning-based initiative targeted at leaders of social organizations, to help them grow their organizations strategically and achieve scale. Based on a workshop format and using Harvard Business School case studies, these programs focus on multiple aspects of institution building such as strategy, fund raising, impact assessment and talent management.
Sessions facilitated by Dasra, business leaders and practitioners foster discussions on best practices, leadership development and future direction for the sector. A close-knit alumni network ensures continuous learning and catalyzes a broad spectrum of partnerships.
- 56leadership development workshops conducted
- 800+social organizations equipped with management expertise to scale
- 20+millionlives impacted
Organizations enter Dasra’s portfolio at a stage when they are poised to scale their impact. Over a period of 3-5 years, Dasra partners with them to sustain a growth trajectory leading to sector leadership. We work closely with their teams to plan and implement a growth strategy, forge partnerships, build second-line leadership, institutionalize key processes and evaluate impact. Currently, Dasra provides customized support to 13 organizations.
Organizations that have been in Dasra’s portfolio for at least two years have, on average, grown by:
- 9x in direct beneﬁciaries reached
- 5x in team size
- 7x in program budget
“The Dasra Giving Circle is a lot like what we do in the private equity world - you don't just give money to an organization, you also support it to meet its goals. Concentrated and long-term giving to one organization should create greater impact than cutting a cheque to various non-profits.”
Among individuals in India, there is growing interest as well as potential to play a key role in accelerating social change in India. There is also a strong need to mobilize a philanthropy movement and support funders in addressing questions such as where to give, whom to give, what are best practices of giving and how to assess impact.
Dasra understands this and enables funders – individuals, corporates and foundations – with the relevant tools and insights to channel intelligent funding to high-potential social organizations working in their sectors of interest. We convene some of the sharpest minds to share best practices, learn and build strong partnerships, to accomplish collective social change.
- 300+families assisted in strategic philanthropy
- USD60millionchanneled through DGCs, direct funding and partnerships
- 213social organizations funded
Articulating a philanthropic vision
Dasra facilitates conversations with donors to understand their core values and beliefs, motivations, interest areas, preferred nature of engagement, time commitment, etc., towards articulating a philanthropy vision.
Enabling exposure to interest areas
Dasra helps donors develop an in-depth understanding of their chosen areas of giving. This is done through Dasra flagship research reports, customized knowledge sessions, site visits to NGOs, and conversations with NGO leaders and sector experts. When required, Dasra also produces bespoke research (whitepapers / case studies) in sectors of interest to better inform philanthropy strategy.
Dasra curates a portfolio of vetted, high-impact projects and provides insights that can lead to meaningful investment decisions. It leverages its own network of non-profits and that of partners such as GiveIndia and GuideStar to identify strong organizations and programs. Dasra also monitors and provides periodic feedback reports on the progress of philanthropic investments to help donors understand outcomes, highlights and challenges. Building grantees’ capacities
Dasra builds the institutional capacity of grantees in areas such as fundraising, communications, leadership, talent management and sustainability. This support is provided in a range of formats such as sector-specific workshops, workshops in functional areas, leadership programs (in partnership with Harvard Business Publishing) and hands-on consulting. Analyzing impact
Dasra helps donors understand the impact of their philanthropy beyond the progress of individual projects through annual portfolio reviews that factor in the evolution of select grantee partnerships. These reviews help donors celebrate major successes, address challenges, and identify opportunities for improvement – thus smoothening the course for future philanthropy engagements. Donor education programs
Dasra designs and facilitates donor education programs to bring together a community of passionate and committed donors to share and learn from peers (at a similar stage in their donor journey), hear from experts in an intimate setting, and participate in conversations on how they can collaboratively deepen impact at a sector level. Thought leadership forums
Dasra’s philanthropy convenings, such as Dasra Philanthropy Week, are among Asia’s most respected events. They bring together prominent philanthropists, foundations, multilateral agencies, corporates and social entrepreneurs to deliberate and develop partnerships that can turn development challenges into nation-building opportunities.