ILSS gets funding from ATE Chandra Foundation

Our Bureau Ahmedabad | Updated on June 11, 2019 Published on June 11, 2019

India Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS), a Gurugram-based non-profit organisation, on Tuesday, said it has received an undisclosed amount as funding from ATE Chandra Foundation (ATECF), the philanthropic foundation of Archana and Amit Chandra.

The grant will be used towards building organisational capacity at ILSS, which seeks to strengthen leadership for the country’s social sector.

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.

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

ATECF supports various projects and initiatives in two core verticals: rural transformation and sector capacity building. The grant for ILSS is in line with the foundation’s ‘systemic capacity building’ efforts to help create leaders for the social sector, according to a press release.

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

The programme’s alumni are working in leading organisations like Public Health Foundation of India, Kaivalya Education Foundation, Educate Girls, Ashoka University and Central Square Foundation.

Amit Chandra, Chairman, 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. Archana Chandra is the CEO of Jai Vakeel Foundation and Research Centre, a leading NGO serving intellectually challenged children. The Chandras were featured in the Forbes ‘Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy’ list in 2016.

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Published on June 11, 2019
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