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ILSS gets funding from ATE Chandra Foundation


Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS), a Gurgaon-based non-profit has received an undisclosed amount as funding from (ATECF), the philanthropic foundation of Archana and The grant will be used towards building organisational capacity at ILSS, which seeks to strengthen leadership for the country's social sector.

Amit Chandra, at India, is a leading Indian philanthropist and a founder/of and a of Give and the Akanksha Foundation, among his other associations with Non-profits and foundations. is the of 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.

ILSS, incubated by the Ashish Dhawan-founded 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.

"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," said Anu Prasad, of

"The grant from 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", she added.

"The 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," said Amit Chandra, of Bain Capital's office.

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 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, and participating in the residential program held at 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

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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 15:06 IST