Dasra is India’s leading strategic philanthropy foundation working with philanthropists and social entrepreneurs to create large scale social change.  Dasra inspires collaborative giving and partnerships amongst philanthropists, funders and government.  Simultaneously, Dasra enables high-impact nonprofit organizations and social businesses to scale. Since 1999, Dasra has published 22 research reports, engaged over 500 philanthropists, multi-lateral agencies and corporate foundations and directed over US$34 million in strategic funding commitments to the social sector in India.

Q&A with Deval Sanghavi

If you could go to dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?

John D. Rockefeller III since he coined the term “venture philanthropy” and strongly believed in bringing more accountability, scale and impact to the development sector.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Always be passionate in your work!

What’s the importance of humor in your work?

Extremely critical in remaining motivated and sane given how complex and insurmountable these challenges may seem.

Learn more about Dasra at dasra.org

Deval Sanghavi is a partner and co-founder of Dasra Foundation in Mumbai, India.

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