Pritha Venkatachalam

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Pritha Venkatachalam is a partner in The Bridgespan Group’s Mumbai office. She has advised philanthropies, donors, governments, nonprofits, and the private sector across Asia and Africa on a wide range of global development opportunities. Prior to Bridgespan, Pritha established and led the New Delhi office of Dalberg. Previously, she was a director, and India office head at Cambridge Economic Policy Associates, UK. Pritha holds a masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. 


Articles by Pritha Venkatachalam


A row of water pipes with locks on theem_philanthropy needs to pay what it takes

March 19, 2021
It’s time for funders to pay-what-it-takes
The chronic underfunding of administrative costs undermines the impact both funders and nonprofits strive for.
community leader interacting with slum dwellers_SNEHA

August 7, 2020
Engaging communities is critical to the COVID-19 response
Lessons from community engagement to tackle the disproportionate spread of COVID-19 in India’s urban slums.
hands put together in collaboration_rawpixel

February 25, 2020
The 3Cs of collaboration
Social sector players recognise the power of collective action, but few are able to practice it. Here's what they need to do.
A man doing a health check in a tribal community_tribal health_SEARCH

February 11, 2020
Are India’s healthcare goals inclusive of tribal peoples?
India will struggle to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals without a focused, multi-stakeholder effort to improve the lives of tribal populations.
indian painting of five women-philanthrophy

December 4, 2019
Are women less philanthropic than men?
Key indicators might lead us to conclude that India’s women cannot possibly be as charitable as its men, but that is far from the truth.
capacity building illustration_shutterstock

June 26, 2019
Why is there a collective silence around capacity building?
Nonprofits work on some of the most challenging social problems, and they need the right talent and tools, along with capital to cover their true costs.
2 village women taking a selfie

October 16, 2018
From ‘chequebook giving’ to bold philanthropy
This type of bold philanthropy has been gathering momentum in India, and emerging philanthropists can use these models to inform their own giving.
pottery founder transition

March 21, 2018
Founder transition requires preparation
A transition where the founder works with a successor selected from within the organisation can be very successful, but the process needs to be handled with care.
Bridgespan-Funding-Leadership-Report

September 19, 2017
Why funders must support leadership development in nonprofits
The Bridgespan Group conducted a data-led study on nonprofit leadership, and its findings were sobering. This article highlights what they learned about the role of funders, networks and incentives in long-term leadership development efforts.
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