Updeshak Fellowship is an initiative to identify, induct and mentor volunteers from professional and corporate sectors to create a pool of independent board members to enhance governance in NGO sector. Because better governance leads to better outcomes!
Through this programme, we provide an opportunity for passionate individuals to serve grassroots NGOs and joining their mission as a board member. we are looking out for enrolments from middle level managers and senior professionals in fields like IT, CA, Lawyers, Medical, Academic, Banking, Social sector and retired Govt officials to serve as board members.
The other aspect of Updeshak is about capacity building of existing board members. This is done through board interactions and training programmes on specific topics.
Good Governance plays an important role in promoting the accountability of an NGO. However, small NGOs, especially in rural areas, struggle with governance as they are unable to attract the right experts and professionals on to their board. Invariably, the family members and well-wishers form the board, making it less effective.
Launched in May 2019, Updeshak is a 6-month programme designed to induct independent board members to NGOs. We identify experts from various professional backgrounds, including corporate leaders, chartered accountants, government officials and academicians, and recommend them to relevant NGO boards. The new board members, as well as the existing NGO leadership and board, go through an induction programme of up to six months to ensure a fruitful and lasting alliance.
Does the NGO have a minimum of 5-7 members?
Are at least some of them independent members?
Do they have different backgrounds – finance, social sector, legal, corporate, government?
Do they actively contribute towards organisation’s growth and development?
What unique value does each board member bring to the organisation?
92 Professionals from various corporate sectors are already serving more than 75 NGOs in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. We are constantly looking out for passionate individuals to join the Updeshak Fellowship through our ongoing programmes in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.