Dasra's strategic approach to social problems has dramatically increased the impact and scale of social change in India. Till date; we have directed over USD $37 million in funding commitments to help scale promising nonprofits and social businesses to positively impact thousands of lives. Our success lies with our unique ability to work with both philanthropists and social entrepreneurs and bring together knowledge, funding and people to catalyze social change.
Some of Dasra's achievements include:
Over 15 years of experience in researching, evaluating and scaling non profits and social businesses
Strengthened the growth plans of 900 successful non profits and social businesses
Enabled over USD 37 million to non profits and social businesses in India
Published 28 research reports on employability, adolescent girls empowerment, child malnutrition, public education, sanitation, sports for development and disaster relief efforts - to inform effective philanthropic funding.
What they do
Dasra's theory of change is that if philanthropists and social entrepreneurs are equipped with the knowledge, funding opportunities and people to make their work more strategic, then the social sector in India will be transformed dramatically. Non profits and social businesses will be able to create far more impact and benefit the maximum number of people faster. Dasra has several initiatives to help both philanthropists and social entrepreneurs at various levels in their journey towards bringing about social change.
DSI Leadership Program
Dasra-Social Impact (DSI), in collaboration with Harvard Business Publishing, has recently launched a new program to assist non-profits and social businesses scale.
The DSI Leadership Program (DSILP) is India's first leadership development program for social enterprises. Tailor-made for the requirements of founders, executive directors and senior management of high potential social enterprises, the program assists participants to expand their potential and the impact of their social enterprises. The program works itself through four modules - on leadership, strategy for expansion, brand building and creating a professional firm – over the course of a year.
This year, the first module of the program was hosted at the American School of Bombay, 36 social sector leaders from 12 cities across the country worked their way through numerous targeted Harvard Business School case studies, explored new concepts and shared their personal experiences, to master the many complex challenges typically faced by organizations as they scale.
Dasra's market research generates a comprehensive understanding of social sector issues from the ground up to create action - oriented knowledge and to enable strategic and informed giving.
In March 2013, we launched a five-year, $14 million initiative collaborating with USAID and Kiawah Trust to empower adolescent girls and address healthcare needs of mothers and children in India. Our forthcoming reports focuses on dire issues that affect women across the country with highlighting effective methods to educate and empower adolescent girls in India.See more