Starting his journey as a Chartered Accountant, he found his footing in the social sector, during the early 90s, when the civil society movement was going through a tumultuous change and lent his critical voice in many national and international deliberations. Dr Patra, known for his quick wit and logical approach has served for more than two decades in the Financial Management Services Foundation (FMSF), which works in building capacities of Development Organizations in the areas of Governance, Financial Management and Legal Compliances. He served as a member of the Planning Commission task group for drafting policies on the voluntary Sector from 2005-07. In the realms of Financial Management, Governance and Legal aspects of Civil Society Organisations, he has been a resource person in many national as well as international workshops, having facilitated more than 500 workshops till date. He is also a visiting faculty for Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), India, and teaches stewardship at Haggai Institute, Hawaii. A recognized social activist and writer, Sanjay serves on a number of boards and committees of National and International non-profit groups. As a founder and thought leader for Indiadonates, he would be the flag-bearer of accountability and transparency as well as a mentor to the team.
Since 2005, Sandeep has been providing leadership to Financial Management Service Foundation in shaping its program strategy and outreach. One of his core competencies lies in the areas of Organizational Development particularly focusing on Governance and Management of NGOs. He has been involved in several organizational development processes for various national and international organizations. He is a seasoned trainer and has facilitated more than 500 workshops across the globe. He is committed to the values of accountability and transparency and is one of the upcoming and leading voices of NGO space and has very wide acceptance within and around the sector. He serves on the board of various national and international agencies. While within the team, he is known for his analytical mind and the gift of the gab, it is his sensibility and deep-rooted empathy for social causes that helped him envision Indiadonates. He founded Indiadonates with a premise to establish an ethical fundraising platform that could optimise the strength of individuals, and minimize the friction of resource availability on the ground. An ardent exponent of ‘technology to drive social innovation’, Sandeep regularly writes on technological enhancements that could improve the landscape of civil society organizations.
Mise-en-scene being her favourite word, Uttama, loves to ideate through the frame of her lens. Having worked closely with both B-town celebs and grass-root level NGOs over the last couple of years, her proclivity towards the voluntary sector developed as she started travelling to the hinterlands of India, and bringing out stories of change. She identifies empathy as her greatest strength which drives her to make a difference in the lives of others. Currently, she leads the Operations for Indiadonates and hopes to create a systematic and sustainable change in the social transformation story of India. Uttama strongly believes in creating and nurturing syndicates of conscientious individuals, who become equal participants in the growth story of India.
A journalist turned fundraiser, Deepanwita has great respect for the written words and aspires to make a difference in the society through stories of change. Prior to joining the development sector, she has worked and contributed to various national and international media outlets. Her indomitable passion for social causes catalyzed her plunge into the development sector and since then she has worked with both NGOs and INGOs. A prolific writer, published poet and photographer, she is the creative arm of the team.
Sasha Samuel, is a history nerd turned journalist. After graduating from Auckland University of Technology , New Zealand, she joined the social sector with a hope of ideating & writing to make a difference. She is also a hobby baker, who loves to blend and mix different ingredients, to create delicacies, just like her words.
Jitendra a.k.a Jitu is known for creating thought-provoking designs through his thinking wand. He is not just a creator of ideas. Having worked as an Assistant Director in an Indo-Argentine Co-Production film 'Thinking of Him', he loves to play with angles and lights to get the perfect candid shot. When he is not working or creating his own lightroom pre-sets, he indulges in writing poetry and listening to long lost songs of the 70 – 80s.
Born and raised in Allahabad, Samta’s passion to work towards uplifting the community brought her to the development sector. A commerce graduate, Samta joined the development field 3 years ago. A self-proclaimed extrovert and cinephile, Samta finds joy in interacting with new people and exploring new places.
Puja completed her bachelor's in Comparative Literature before she opted to study Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Before joining the INDIAdonates team, Puja worked in program planning and management as well as Program monitoring and evaluation. In her free time, Puja likes to read poetry and take up DIY projects.