Our Vision

A VIBRANT AND CREDIBLE

SOCIAL SECTOR

MISSION

  • To gain consensus across stakeholders for common professional
    standards
  • Enhance Visibility, Transparency, Accountability and Efficiency through better use of process and technology in the social sector
  • Enlarge quality resource pool for Social Sector

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Mutual respect for all is the cornerstone of our interactions
  • We will expose ourselves to scrutiny from all stakeholders
  • We will be outcome driven without compromising on ethics
  • Our positions will be based on sound research and professional approach

Our Story

WHY DHWANI?

The development sector in India is going through a significant transformation, with enhanced CSR support, new forms of philanthropy, evolving donor expectations on transparency and scalability, and the influence of technology, among other things. In order to win donor support, both institutional and individual,NGOs today are required to have an ever greater commitment towards capacity-building, transparency and impact reporting.

Dhwani Foundation aims to strengthen and professionalize the NGO sector in India, especially small and rural organisations who are hard pressed to adapt to the rapid changes in the sector.

HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Dhwani Foundation is dedicated to improving the efficiency and accountability of NGOs, and thereby enhancing the credibility of the social sector. We focus on three key areas – organisation development, NGO services and sector development.

 

ORGANISATION DEVELOPMENT

Through mentoring and imparting knowledge and skills to NGOs in the areas of compliance, good governance, accounting, MIS, technology adoption, programme management and strategic planning.

 

NGO SERVICES

Focused on building efficiency and compliance, while optimising time and resources. While our Goonjan software helps NGOs with data management and reporting, we also support them in meeting legal and statutory requirements of the government and concerned organisations through information sharing and training.

 

SECTOR DEVELOPMENT

By playing an active role in advocating policy changes; developing NGO networks to foster collective progress; and collaborating with other significant stakeholders, including Government, NGO Federations, Corporate Donors and Donor Agencies.

Today, 23 NGOs across Karnataka have benefitted from our capacity building initiatives and 65 NGOs across India are using our technology solutions. Overall, the Foundation has impacted over 200,000 beneficiaries across India. And this, we believe, is only the beginning.

Key Milestones

Our People

TRUSTEES

MJ Aravind

Managing Trustee

Aravind has over 30 years of global experience with MNCs including Compaq, DEC and Xerox in areas such as supply chain, sales and marketing, customer service and field operations. He was a Co-founder and VP Operations of Daksh eServices, one of India’s leading independent BPO companies. Aravind also played a pivotal role in setting up the India operations of Artiman Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital firm. In the last 10 years, he has been deeply involved in the Social Sector in various capacities. He was on the Board of The Association of People with Disability for 8 years. He is also an Advisor to the Disability NGO Alliance.

Manju Kuchhal

Lifetime Trustee

Manju Kuchhal has close to 20 years of experience in the field of technology, including software
development at Tata Consultancy Services. During the last few years, she has supported Dhwani Foundation in developing technology solutions for NGOs. She works closely with NGOs to identify operational areas where technology can be leveraged, engage with relevant solution providers and help develop effective solutions. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Application from LD College =of Engineering, Ahmedabad.

Dr S Rajagopalan

Trustee

Dr S Rajagopalan heads the IIITB Innovation Centre. A veteran in the social-tech space and an Ashoka Fellow, Dr Rajagopalan was the CEO of Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology from 1982 to 1993, and thereafter co-founded Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), a non-profit development society for innovating social-tech products. As Chairman of TIDE, he was among the four finalists of Social Entrepreneur of India award (2006), and one of the 50 pioneers of India chosen by India Today magazine (2008). TIDE received the International Ashden Award in 2008. He holds a BTech degree from IIT Delhi, PGDM from IIM Bangalore and PhD from IIT Kanpur.

Pramod Kulkarni

Trustee

Pramod has been associated with the social sector for over three decades, holding senior management positions in leading NGOs, including PRADAN (1984-1995), iVolunteer (2000-2010) and Prerana (1990- 2012). He is the founder of SAATHI, a pan-India NGO that reintegrates runaway children with their families.Keen on supporting economically challenged meritorious students, Pramod has been actively involved with organizations such as Vidyaposhak and Prerana Nurture Merit, apart from teaching voluntarily in Government schools. Pramod has an MSc degree from MS University, Baroda, and a PGDM from IIM,Ahmedabad.

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EXECUTIVE TEAM

KN Gopinath

Executive Director

Gopinath has over 20 years of diverse experience in the social sector, including a long stint in The Association of People of Disabilities, and is a sought-after resource person in the Sector. He is the Managing Trustee of Motivation India, a subsidiary of Motivation UK, a leading global organization in wheelchair provisioning. At Dhwani Foundation, he is responsible for developing the organisation’s strategic plans, and directing and executing the overall operations. He holds Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Certified Common Purpose Graduate.

V Satish

Senior Program Manager- Federations

Mr. Satish is a development sector professional with about two decades of experience in national and international organizations. He has worked extensively in Education, Water and Sanitation, and Health Sectors. During his journey, he has worked with various beneficiary communities including Urban and Rural poor, Commercial Sex Workers and People Living with HIV/AIDS. Satish holds a Master’s degree in Sociology.

Koushik Yanamandram

Senior Program Manager - Niranthara

Koushik has been an active socio-entrepreneur and development consultant in the clean energy & rural development space for over a decade. He is an active Coach at Climate Launchpad and Member - Institution Innovation Council at TERI School of Advanced Studies. Koushik holds an MTech degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He was an Acumen India Fellow in 2016 and Entrepreneur in Residence at Villgro Innovations Foundation in 2013-14.

Thriveni Gandhi

Admin / Operations support

Thriveni Gandhi is a Cluster Manager at Dhwani Foundation. She drives the knowledge transfer and site implementation for four Niranthara partners in central Karnataka. She started her career as a NSS volunteer and then worked in many national and international organisations focusing on Community Health and Research. Amongst other roles, she has been a District Coordinator. She is a Fellow of Deshpande Foundation

Pradeep BK

Program Officer- Niranthara

Pradeep has dedicated his career to the social sector, working across leading development organisations like GVSSN, Magic Bus India Foundation and NIMHANS. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Management from the University of Mysuru

Vinaya K

Senior Consultant- Technology Solutions

Vinaya has over 18 years of experience in the IT services industry. She started her career with Infosys, where she spent a decade amassing technical knowledge and honing her management and customer relationship skills. She later founded a design services company for training and development of multimedia solutions. She was selected as one of the privileged few across the country to undergo Goldman Sachs-ISB sponsored - “10000 World Women Entrepreneurs Management Program” in 2011.

Shruthi T

Senior Associate - Technology Solutions

Shruthi started her career in the development sector as a Project Manager in Don Bosco Tech Society, where she worked on skilling and employment programs for underprivileged youth. Prior to that she worked at TCS. She is an IT graduate with an MBA in Global Business.

G Annapoorani

Asst. Manager, Goonjan and UPDESHAK

Annapoorni worked in the software development and project management fields for over a decade before moving to the social sector with Dhwani Foundation. With a special interest in streamlining operations, she developed her expertise in areas such as process building, resource management, inventory management and financial reporting at the various IT conglomerates she was a part of, including Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd. She holds a BE (EEE) degree from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.

Mahesh Chandra E

Manager – Finance

Mahesh comes with over 17 years of Finance and Administration experience across leading social sector organizations like World Health organization (WHO) – Gulbarga, Institute of Leadership and Institutional Development (ILID), Child Fund India and others. He specialises in the areas of accounting, finance management, training, grant management, partnership management and administration. He holds a PG Diploma in Financial Management and Higher Diploma in Software Engineering.

Lathamala

Consultant, Government Interface

An established social sector leader and consultant, Lathamala specialises in the areas of rural development, community mobilisation and institution building, livelihoods promotion, and gender equity, among others. She spent the first 24 years of her career at MYRADA, a reputed NGO, where she was also deputed at arnataka State Women Development Corporation. She also worked in the capacity of Programme Director at Deaf Aid Society. Her core skills include, NGO management, fund raising, capacity building, government interventions and regulatory compliances. She holds a master’s degree in Rural Development from Bangalore University.

Prithwipala

Prithwipala K

Manager-Help Desk

Prithwi is a development Sector professional, working in National and international organizations for the last 10 years in the areas of HIV/AIDS, TB, Orphan & Vulnerable children, Adolescent girls, female sex workers, Urban Slum population & working closely with Government departments and public-private partnership program. His key skills are Program planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, community mobilization, capacity building & counselling.
He holds Master’s degree in Social work.

C R Murrali

C R Murali

Master Trainer - Niranthara

Murrali comes with over 30 years experience in Banking sector and Educational institutions. He has a vast experience in training, administration and financial aspects.
He has an exposure to both Indian and overseas banking sectors. He has held various senior positions and currently associated with Institute of Leadership and Institutional Development as its CFO.

He has a special passion towards training and development an avid sports person.

Greg Mathias

Greg Mathias

Manager, Nikhaar

Greg comes with 4 years of experience in the areas of Operations Management, Strategy planning, HR, Content writing, Digital Marketing and Client Engagement. He has worked with organizations such as Pana Education, Mangalore– in Domicile Management, Envoy Mortgage, Mangalore – as Process Associate and CMSSS, Hassan – as Operations Manager.

He holds bachelor’s degree in commerce, Certificate course from Azim Premji Foundation on “Exploring sustainability in the Indian Context”. Certificate from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley on “Fundraising: Connecting with donors” and certificate course on “Developing Web Applications Using Servlets and JSP(Adv Java)” from NIIT, Mangalore.
He has special interest in the field of Web development and Photo and Video editing.

Rajiv Kamath

Rajiv Kamath

Program Head, Nikhaar

Rajiv has over 25 years of professional experience, primarily in Sales Operations Management, leading teams and coordinating the execution of various Projects, Programs and Initiatives across Alliance Management, Finance, Shared Services, Contracts Management, Sales & Marketing teams

He has spent over 16 years with Microsoft Corporation India as its Director – Partner & Field Operations.
He has also worked in Motorola India, ABB India and other companies.

Rajiv recently took an interesting and important call in his life to switch over from the corporate sector to the development sector.

Jennifer

Maria Jennifer

Assistant Manager, Goonjan

Jennifer comes with 3 years of experience in the areas of Operations Management & Training. She has worked with Chilume Social Service Society, as Operations Manager and Youth for Jobs, as a Trainer for Job assistance and Communication skills.
She holds Master degree in commerce, MBA in Finance and specialized at Organisation Development.

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Jacob D'Souza

Manager - E- Learning (Web portal)

Jacob comes with 16 years of rich experience from development sector. He worked in the areas of Rehabilitation of street Children, Research, Organisation development at different organizations at various capacities. He has special interest in the field of Social Media, General Admin, Research and Development.

He holds Master’s degree in Social Work. His hobbies are reading, music and photography.

Ravichandra Tavag Dhwani Foundation

Ravichandra Tavag

Program Head – Niranthara Franchise

Ravichandra comes with over 25 years of professional experience in IT and traditional industries. He held various senior management roles and comes with great skills in project management, procurements etc. He played crucial role in MAIT (Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology) as its committee member to bring policy related changes.

Post- retirement he has volunteered with Citizens for Bangalore (CfB), BBPV, Gram Seva Sangha and other civil society groups
He holds Master’s in Technology from IIT, Madras.

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ADVISORY PANEL

Rajiv Kuchhal

Rajiv has over 30 years of management experience in IT, BPO and ITeS industries, a majority of it at Infosys Ltd. He was the COO of OnMobile Global Limited and a co-founder of Progeon Limited. Rajiv is an active angel investor and mentor to multiple startups in the social enterprise and technology space. He has served as a Venture Advisor at TVS Capital Funds Ltd. and is a Non-Executive Independent Director of Expleo Solutions Pvt. Ltd. He is also a general partner at Exfinity Fund and a Mentor at IIMB NSRCEL Social Incubation Programme. He is a graduate from IIT Delhi.

Reva Raghupathi

Based in Pennsylvania, USA, Reva is the Founder of Verika LLC, which delivers strategy and marketing solutions to social impact organizations. She has extensive experience in global marketing, biomedical research and non-profit enterprise. Reva holds a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and MS in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Pennsylvania.

Gurgeet Arneja

A top management executive, Gurgeet has over 40 years of leadership experience across diverse industries, including Textiles, Building Materials, Office Automation/Telecom and Consumer Durables. He has consulted both in India and internationally on core areas such as Benchmarking, Logistics, Marketing and Efficiency Management. Gurgeet also contributes to the non-profit sector as an Advisory Board Member at The Association of People with Disability (APD). He holds a PGDPM degree from FMS, Delhi, and LLB from University of Rajasthan.

Krishna Kumar

Krishna Kumar has extensive experience in Sales, Sales Management, Operations, Global Client Relations and Management Consultancy across various industries. Having spent most of his career in early stage startups, he had the opportunity to set up new centers and engagements for companies like UBICS, Page Point Motorola and GECIS/Genpact across multiple geographies. His key skills include, setting up and scaling operations, bridging gaps between front and back ends, process improvement and working with diverse teams. KK is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Rangarajan

Rangarajan has been an independent Start-up Consultant and Angel Investor since 2018. Prior to this, he held leadership roles in product management, sales and marketing at both large IT companies like Wipro Infotech and Infosys, as well as, startup enterprises like Appnomic Systems and RubanBridge, in a career spanning 30 years. He has also been actively involved in the social sector as Board Member of Makkala Jagriti, an NGO in Bangalore. He holds a BE degree from BITS, Pilani, and an MBA from SPJIMR, Mumbai.

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Annual Report

2018-19

Financial Reports

2018-19

Work With Us

Grow as you transform the social sector

Working with Dhwani Foundation gives you the opportunity to work with hundreds of NGOs, and benefit millions of beneficiaries across India and beyond, all at once.

As a non-profit organisation, we have a lean yet proficient team, where each team member acts and works like an independent leader. They represent a diverse mix of expertise and experience across various sectors, including Non-profit, Organisation Development, HR, Technology, Finance and Marketing, among others. We take pride in our inclusive work culture and celebrate diversity. Come be a change-maker at Dhwani!

To apply, send your CV to
contact@dhwanifoundation.com

Current Vacancies

Senior Manager - Government Interface Initiative

Dhwani Foundation is looking for a competent professional having extensive experience of working both in NGO and Government sectors to manage one of its key programs ‘Government Interface Initiative’.

Dhwani Foundation works towards building a vibrant and credible social sector through its various initiatives with different stakeholders of the social sector. The objective is to improve productivity, transparency and efficacy of the social sector.

Position: Senior Manager – Government Interface Initiative (full time)

Location: Bangalore

Contract Period:12 months and renewable based on the performance

Government Interface Initiative:  The goal of this program is to build a successful partnership between the Government and NGOs, to contribute collectively towards effectuation of progressing policies for the social sector.  It has two objectives to be reached by next two years :

  • Influencing a minimum of three Government Policies that effectuate the smooth functioning of NGOs
  • Building working relations with the departments of State and Central Governments 

Responsibilities:  include the following (but not limited to) for the contract period:

  1. Understanding the purpose of Dhwani’s existence, its overall goal, objectives, programs, policies and values
  2. In-depth understanding of the Government Interface Program and developing a reference material on the Program for the use of  various stake holders
  3. Prepare detailed annual action plans
  4. Travel as per need– both within and outside states
  5. Develop contacts with all related Government Departments – State and Central level
  6. Coordinate the existing collaborative efforts with
    1. Integrated Child Protection Society (Women and Child Development Department)
    2. Planning Department – assist them to bring out Karnataka State Policy on NGOs (as part of this assignment, need to review the National Policy, carry out consultations with varied types of stake holders, form and coordinate with the working group to develop draft policy, collect online feedback on the draft policy, and help the department to finalize the State Policy on NGOs)
  7. Establish working relations with other departments to link with various initiatives of Dhwani Foundation
  8. Establish working relations with Niti Aayog – Central Government
  9. Explore possibilities of Dhwani Foundation becoming a member in various Committees of Government
  10. Register Dhwani under KEA of Planning Department, Karnataka
  11. Organize and coordinate a research to explore issues for policy influence
  12. Identify a research institution/individual to carry out research to explore issues that needs policy interventions. Develop TOR and sign the MOU
  13. Monitor the process of research and ensure directions of research as per TOR
  14. Ensure that the research is completed within the agreed timeframe
  15. Organize workshops with stakeholders to decide the issues to be taken up for policy influence and to decide on working approach
  16. Create online dialogue and discussions around the selected issues for policy influence
  17. Submit the memorandum to Government for policy influence – by March 2021
  18. Any other related tasks

Desired qualifications, skills and competencies :

  • Master’s Degree in any Social Science or equivalent from a reputed University/Institution
  • Minimum 10 years of experience of working in the NGO sector
  • Sound knowledge of Government functioning and minimum 3 years working experience with Government (either directly or through collaboration)
  • Positive and excellent people skills, ability to collaborate with all levels of government officials and NGOs, comfortable working within the system of Government, willing to take their inputs and be straight and clear in partnership efforts.
  • Able to reach and negotiate with senior officials of the Government
  • Mandatory working knowledge of Kannada and English (to read, write and speak fluently)
  • Must be able to use a computer and software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Position Availability: Immediate 

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Application Process:

To apply for this position, send your CV and covering letter explaining why think that you are fit for this position, to contact@dhwanifoundation.com  on or before April 30, 2020. Only applications of short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

Senior Program Manager- Niranthara

Purpose of the Job:

To provide leadership and manage Niranthara program to enhance efficacy, efficiency and suitability in the social sector in order to make significant impact on the communities that are served by partnering with NGOs/CBOs/Alliances.

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and strategic directions to Niranthara
  • Develop detail annual plans and budgets prior to the beginning of the financial year and develop quarterly financial fore costs in consultation with Executive Director
  • Assist Executive Director in recruiting staff, resource persons, consultants for your program
  • Ensure enrollment, selection and induction of partners to Niranthara program
  • Work with mater trainer in designing all training materials, develop workshop modules and implement the program in agreed scheduled time line
  • Co-ordinate all the training programmes, filed support systems and assessments among all partners with the support of team
  • Work with partner Leaders in order to ensure smooth communications, decision making and effective implementation of the program
  • Ensure weekly and monthly reviews both with the team and partners and provide detail report to Executive Director fortnightly
  • In co-ordination with finance person recommend grants release to partners and ensure all grant related documents are managed
  • Seek financial approvals for programme expenditures with relevant invoices and recommendation letters
  • Ensure networking with donors, CSR, academia and other key stakeholders to make larger impact on partners work
  • Identify staff training needs of your team and plan accordingly
  • Ensure annual appraisals are conducted with in agreed time, reports and recommendations to be submitted to Executive Director for all your team
  • Coordinate with other Dhwani team members in order to ensure smooth running of the organisation

Profile of the candidate

  • Qualification – Post graduation in Social work/ NGO Management/ Law/HR
  • Experience – Minimum of 10 years of work at middle and higher-level management roles, working with partnership modes or working with Govt departments
  • Skills – Good understanding on technology, program design, leadership, negotiations, documentation
  • Language – Tamil reading, writing and speaking is must, English is necessary
  • Preference – Person with disability, Women, age between 35 to 45 Years
  • Ability to travel extensively and be part of over 100 days residential programs over 18 months

Remuneration & Benefits – At par with medium size NGOs pay scales but negotiable based on the experience and background. Ex-gratia of one-month additional salary by end of each year, 25 annual leaves, medical benefits available.

Interested candidates please send your resume to contact@dhwanifoundation.com

Master Trainer- Niranthara

Purpose of the Job:

To develop training design, training planning, delivery, follow up and oversee the implementation of all modules covered under Niranthara training in order to ensure partners to meet all the requirements of assessments and achieve greater results.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify and assess the training needs of the program through analysis and consultation with NIRANTHARA Project Management Team.
  • Develop group training programs that address specific subject needs based on the NIRANTHARA content
  • Develop all training materials and methods into workshop mode and ensure the same is delivered as planned
  • Develop training manuals that target tangible results in each module.
  • Implement effective and purposeful training methods as per the schedule and ensure adequate preparations are made well in advance
  • Provide adequate field support both through helpline and filed visits. Set ongoing follow up mechanism to ensure all partners to achieve minimum 85% against the Niranthara assessment result framework
  • Evaluate organizational performance of NGOs to ensure that training is meeting needs and improving performance.
  • Assess NGO employees’ skills, performance and productivity to identify areas of improvement.
  • Drive values and philosophy through all training and development activities.
  • Select and manage resources, including working with both internal employees and training vendors to develop and deliver training.
  • Manage the technologies and technical personnel required to develop, manage and deliver training.
  • Keep abreast of training trends, developments and best practices.
  • Contribute to the developing budgets for the month at the beginning of the month, ensure all trainings are managed within the approved budgets and review it with SPM
  • Responsible to take care of assigned NGO partners’ needs and issues and communicate/escalate the matters to SPM
  • Participate in all training programs, weekly & monthly meetings and other programs as and when scheduled
  • Ensure high level of engagement and participation by the NGO leaders, their staff and other participants in the training programs and events
  • Upgrade subject skills and knowledge by additional reading, referring of materials and field practices
  • Submit monthly and quarterly reports to Sr. Program manager and review performance on Quarterly basis
  • Coordinate with other Dhwani team members like Finance manager, Executive Director, Trustees etc in order to ensure smooth running of the program
  • Adhere to all policies and principles of the organisation and willing to change the geography/partners based on the organisational requirement
  • Open to take any other assignments that are related to the role based on the need and organisational requirement

Profile of the candidate

  • Qualification – Post graduation in Social work/ NGO Management/ Law/HR/Business Administration/Training
  • Experience – Minimum of 10 years of work at middle and higher-level training responsibilities, proven records on training development, planning, delivery, assessments and follow up. Experience in working with working with partnership modes or working with Govt departments would be desirable
  • Skills – Good understanding on training delivery, assessments, designing, technology, leadership, negotiations, documentation
  • Language – Tamil reading, writing and speaking is must, English is necessary – all training should be delivered in Tamil. Translation ability from English to Tamil would be added value
  • Preference – Person with disability, Women, age between 35 to 45 Years
  • Ability to travel extensively and be part of over 100 days residential programs over 18 months

Remuneration & Benefits – At par with medium size NGOs pay scales but negotiable, based on the experience and background. Ex-gratia of one-month additional salary by end of each year, 25 annual leaves, medical benefits available.

Interested candidates please send your resume to contact@dhwanifoundation.com