India Leaders for Social Sector receives Grant to strengthen Leadership for the Country’s Social Sector

ATE Chandra Foundation (ATECF), the philanthropic foundation of Archana and Amit Chandra has provided grant to India Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS), a Gurgaon-based non-profit to strengthen leadership for the country’s social sector.

Amit Chandra, Chairman at Bain Capital India, is a leading Indian philanthropist and a founder/board member of Ashoka University and a board member of Give India and the Akanksha Foundation, among his other associations with Non-profits and foundations. Archana Chandra is the CEO of Jai Vakeel Foundation and Research Centre, one of the largest NGOs serving intellectually challenged children. The Chandras featured in the Forbes ‘Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy’ list in 2016.

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ILSS, incubated by the Ashish Dhawan-founded Central Square Foundation in September 2017, specifically focuses on enabling senior corporate executives to transition to the social sector in order to enhance the diversity of talent and skills in the sector.

Founder of ILSS, Anu Prasad said, “ILSS currently offers a pioneering nine-day leadership program for leaders from various backgrounds, particularly from corporates, who are looking for careers with a social purpose. We also offer post-program support in terms of placement, mentoring and coaching as our alumni embark on their journey to the social sector.”

she added, “The grant from ATE Chandra Foundation will allow us to invest in our organisational capacity which, in turn, will help us strengthen our program and post-program offering and build a strong pipeline of change leaders”.

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Chairman of Bain Capital’s India office, Amit Chandra said, “The ATE Chandra Foundation is privileged to support ILSS, given its focus on enabling high-quality talent movement from the corporate world into the social sector is core to our own focus of capacity building in it.”

ATECF supports various projects and initiatives in two core verticals: rural transformation and sector capacity building. The Foundation works closely with leading Indian and global players in the social sector to create a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable society. The grant for ILSS is in line with the Foundation’s ‘systemic capacity building’ efforts to help create leaders for the social sector.

ILSS has so far conducted five editions of its nine-day leadership program, with 85 leaders from areas such as media, banking, fintech, advertising and telecom, and companies such as IBM, Standard Chartered Bank, American Express, Tata group, Airtel and Star TV participating in the residential program held at Ashoka University.

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ILSS alumni are today in leadership roles in leading organisations such as Public Health Foundation of India, Kaivalya Education Foundation, Educate Girls, Ashoka University, and Central Square Foundation.