Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize ‘readers’ winner’ announced

Dhaval Udani, CEO of GiveIndia, was named Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize “readers’ winner” following a recent Alliance magazine online poll.

This article was originally published on the Latest from Alliance blog on 6 March 2014. The original article can be found here. For more information about Alliance magazine, please visit www.alliancemagazine.org.

Dhaval Udani started volunteering for GiveIndia seven years ago, joined GiveIndia as a staff member two and a half years later, and became CEO in 2011. When he joined GiveIndia, it was raising $1.5 million from its core activities. Five years later it is raising $5.5 million – in a country where structured and regular online giving by ordinary individuals was unknown until ten years ago. www.GiveIndia.org is one of the world’s first online donation marketplaces and is now perhaps the largest source of indigenously raised funds for Indian NGOs; it is expected to raise and disburse over $7 million this year. Over the next three years, he says, the target is to raise $20 million a year, but ‘my biggest challenge is to try to find a way to get more passionate and committed people involved’. Read the full interview with Dhaval here.

In parallel with the online poll for Alliance readers, the panel of judges were deliberating and coming to their decision. The winner of the 2014 Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize will be announced at a special awards ceremony at WINGSForum 2014 in Istanbul on 27 March. Read about all the Olga Prize finalists here.


From 27-29 March, diverse actors from the world of philanthropy will converge on Istanbul for WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks to discuss emerging trends and other issues important to the sector. Follow on Twitter with #WFnetworks.

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