Bollywood and the social sector are more alike than we think. Remember when your donor kept asking you to collaborate with other nonprofits? Or that time you tried to raise CSR money? Those moments, believe it or not, are on film.

1. When you show your donor the first impact assessment report

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2. When your donor tells you to partner with another nonprofit



3. What your Executive Director thinks he sounds like


What he actually sounds like


4. When your colleagues nominate you to petition management for an air conditioner

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5. What asking for CSR funding looks like


What it feels like


6. Your finance manager during the audit

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After the audit

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7. When an HNI wants to volunteer at your nonprofit


8. Your hotshot new recruit from the corporate sector


9. What your team looks like in the funding proposal

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What your team actually looks like

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10. When your executive director decides that he needs to step in and ‘help’ the team meet its midnight deadline

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Arjav Chakravarti

Arjav Chakravarti

Arjav Chakravarti is the founder of Lumen Consulting, a development sector consulting firm which works with social organizations, funders and intermediaries to advance social change. Prior to this, Arjav headed the strategy and impact group at Dasra and also served as the president of the Boston chapter of Association for India’s Development (AID). Previously, Arjav was part of the product marketing and software development teams for parallel computing at MathWorks.


  1. Hahaha, amazing post – quite hilarious! My colleagues who are not from the non-profit sector could also relate and enjoy this article.

  2. Nikita Pancholi Reply

    One of the funniest pieces I’ve read/heard/watched in a long time!! Hats off to your excellent bollywood IQ Arjav 😀

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