Created a high impact intervention for 170 NGOs helping them build robust operations, processes and donor engagement programs.


Dhwani Foundation

Dhwani attempts to improve the efficiency & accountability of NGOs & therefore increase credibility

India’s multiple social challenges have a high impact on society and especially, the marginalized communities. NGOs, as they are without the trappings of power or driven by profit, are often more effective in driving change in the communities they work in. NGOs can therefor be a credible bridge between Government and society, as also between for-profit institutions and communities. The smaller and more rural NGOs are specially hard pressed to adapt to these changes. This has led to a drop in both quantity and quality of work getting done. Dhwani foundation focuses on building capacity in NGOs.Dhwani does this by mentoring as also by imparting knowledge and skills in the areas of compliance, good governance, accounting, MIS, technology adoption, program management & strategic planning. Dhwani simultaneously works with other players in this ecosystem, including Government, NGO Federations, Corporate Donors and Donor Agencies to build a common understanding of issues.


A vibrant and credible social sector where voluntary organization are run professionally and benefit large sections of society.


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




Mr. M. J. Aravind

Managing Trustee

MJ Aravind has over 30 years of global experience with large multinational corporations including Compaq, DEC, and Xerox in areas such as supply chain, sales and marketing, customer service and field operations. Aravind was a co-founder and VP Operations of Daksh eServices, one of India’s earliest and largest independent BPO (business processing organization) companies. Post Daksh, Aravind leveraged his operational experience and extensive network to help set up the India operations of Artiman Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital firm. In the last decade, Aravind has been extensively involved with the Social Sector in executive and Board roles. 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, Bangalore. He is based in Bangalore


Ms. Chitra Aravind,

Founder Truste

Ms. Chitra Aravind, a Founder of Dhwani Foundation is an artist and avid gardener. She is a practitioner and teacher of Stained Glass artworks. She is based in Bangalore


Ms. Manju Kuchal

Lifetime Trustee

Ms. Manju Kuchhal has nearly 20 years of experience in the area of technology. For the last 8+ years, she has been volunteering with Dhwani Foundation which works towards providing technology solutions to NGOs. She is currently Trustee of Dhwani Foundation. As part of volunteering, she works with NGOs in identifying the areas where technology can help their operations, engages with relevant technology solution providers and help them with the implementation of such solutions. Before that, she worked with Tata Consultancy Services in their software division. She has done Master in Computer Application from LD College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, Gujarat University.



Mr. K. N. Gopinath, Executive Director

KN Gopinath heads Dhwani Foundation as its Executive Director. He is responsible for developing the organization’s strategic plans and directing and executing the overall operations of the foundation. He has over 20 years of varied experience in the Social Sector with a long stint in The Association of People of Disabilities, Bangalore He is the managing trustee of Motivation India, a subsidiary of the Motivation UK one of the leading international organization in the field of wheelchair provisioning. Gopinath is also a sought after resource person in the Sector. He holds a master’s degree in Social Work and a Certified Common Purpose Graduate


Mr. V. Satish, Senior Program Manager

Mr. Satish is a development sector professional with about 2 decades of experience working with National and International organizations across the country. He has experience of working in Education, Water and Sanitation sectors and Health Sector – HIV/AIDS, Urban Health, Maternal Child Health. During his journey with development sector, He has learnt work with various beneficiary communities like Urban and Rural poor, Commercial Sex Workers and People Living with HIV/AIDS. As part of his roles, he has managed large teams spread across various states. Academically he is Master in Sociology.


Ms. Thriveni G., Cluster Manager

Ms. Thriveni Gandhi working as a Cluster Manager at Dhwani Foundation from Dec -2017. she has taken a responsibility of 4 Organization which is based in central Karnataka. She completed her Graduation from Kuvempu University. She also completed her Fellowship program from Deshpande Foundation Hubli in 2008. She started her career 2005 as a National Service Volunteer at Chikmagalur District she moved to Bangalore and started her Career in the NGO sector in 2006-07 she worked in nearly 7 Organization both National and International Organization in the sector of Community Health and Research in all over Karnataka. She severed in Many organizations as District co-ordinator, currently, she is working in Dhwani Foundation as a Cluster Manager. Based in Davanagere


Ms. Vinaya K., Senior Manager Technology Solution

Vinaya has over 18 years of experience in the IT services industry. She started her career with Infosys and spent a decade there amassing technical knowledge and honing management and customer relationship skills. After a short maternity break, she returned to the industry and founded her own design services company focusing on providing training and developing multimedia solutions. Being a boot-strapped start-up, she managed it end-to-end and turned it into a professionally managed successful venture. She was selected as one of the privileged few across the country to undergo Goldman Sachs-ISB sponsored - “10000 World Women Entrepreneur Management Program” in 2011 Vinaya is based in Bangalore


Mr. Pradeep B. K., Assistant Cluster Manager

Pradeep has spent his entire career in the Social sector and has worked with GVSSN, Magic Bus India Foundation, and NIMHANS. . Pradeep holds a Master’s degree in Development Management from the University of Mysuru. He is currently based in Bangalore


Mr. Absar Patel, Assistant Cluster Manager

Absar has 5years’ experience in youth development, corporate training, marketing, sales and project mentor-ship. Prior to Dhwani, Absar worked with Deshpande Foundation, Authentic, and Vidya Sankul IT Solutions. He has started 17 youth clubs in 17 villages around Chikodiwhich leads up to creating employment skills for unemployed youth. He has also held the post of General Secretary for IYC (Indian Youth Congress) from Raibag region. He is a Commerce Graduate from Monad University, Hapur, UP


Shruthi T., Senior Associate - Technology Solutions

Shruthi started in the development sector 2 years ago by joining as a Project Manager in Don Bosco Tech Society where she worked on skilling and employment programs for underprivileged youth. Shruti is an IT graduate with MBA in Global Business, and started her career in TCS She is based in Bangalore


Mahesh Chandra E, Manager – Finance/Admin/Operations

Mahesh comes with over 17 years of experience in the area of finance and admin. He worked with organizations such as, World Health organization – Gulbarga branch office, Institute of Leadership & Institutional development (ILID), Child Fund India and few others. His expertise is in the field of accounting, finance management, training, grant management, partnership management & administration. He holds PG diploma in financial management and higher diploma in software engineering. He is based in Bangalore with his wife and young daughter of 7 years old. He is the native of Gulbarga (Kalburgi)


Hearing a lot of social sector organizations and donors say that existing applications do not fulfill the unique needs of their work, Goonjan met with a large cross-section of Donors, NGOs and IT professionals to establish customer requirement. Goonjan was therefore created ground-up from these findings.

Additionally, Goonjan attempts to address some common sector issues of poor connectivity, old the hardware limited IT capability and low understanding of English by designing a cloud-based system with easy User Interfaces.

By March 19, Goonjan will have over 60 installations in India and Cambodia with over 2,00,000 beneficiary records.


We are thankful to our partners :

1. SENSEI Technologies (P) Ltd

2. 1NGO - Enabling digital presence for NGOs

3. HID- Forum

4. IIIT- Banglore


6.Smart CEO

7. Tally

8. DNA

9. B K Ramdayani & Co ( Internal Auditor)

10.  Gowthama & Co (External Auditor)

Mr. Ramakrisha Sudeo – Development Trainer, Odisha

Dr. Jogin Desai - Chair of Social Venture Partners India, Bangalore

Mr. Jerome Dsouza – General Manager, Programs - APPI

Mr. Narayan Krishnaswamy – Chief Peoples Officer, APPI

Ms. Liril Gupta – Chief Finance Officer – APPI

Mr. Adithya – Montblack – Tata

Mr. Sreedhar – CSR Country Head, Titan

Ms. Prathibha – Livelihood Expert, Titan

Mr. Abhijit Mukherjee – Former Director, Marketing & Fund Raising, APD 

Ms. Anita Bhat – HR Expert

Mr. Krishna Kumar – Fundraising Expert

Mr. Pravin – State Manager, CRY

Mr. Basavaraju – State Commissioner for Disabilities, Govt of Karnataka

Ms. Christy Abraham- Chief Executive Officer - APD

Ms. Jacintha – Founder, Transcendix LLP

Mr. Ram Sheshu – Rotarian 

Ms. Leena David – India CSR Coordinator, Capgemini

Ms. Nona – Consultant

Mr. Krishna – CEO, Sattva Consulting


Niranthara was conceived by surveying over 100 donors, Government agencies, beneficiaries, NGO leaders and managers, by asking them, “What makes for a good NGO?”

From this exercise, emerged a total of 161 points highlighting important characteristics which then was converted to a curriculum. 23 NGOs from different domains enrolled in the pilot program launched in January, ’18.

The program focusses on building institutional capacity of NGOs through 24 months of comprehensive hand holding involving classroom training, the supply of tools, overseeing site implementation and building support for the changes with the Board, Leadership, senior managers and program staff of the NGOs.

Alongside, the program works with subject experts, donor community, academic institutions, and technology houses to set standards


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