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Leveraging technology and digitisation
to improve social sector funding

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Overview

NGOImpact is brought to you by ARION Rating Services.

ARION stands for the Assessment and Rating of Implementation Organisations and NGOs. ARION aims to revolutionise the Indian social sector's access to and use of the evolving digital ecosystem. The digitisation of social sector data will inevitably become a prerequisite to funding and ARION aims to lead the way in facilitating this progressive transition.

The idea for ARION emerged predominantly out of the recognition that the NGO sector required stronger accountability and performance benchmarks that would allow for fairer assessments, accurate showcasing and democratisation of funding, using appropriate and relevant tools.

However, given the lack of digital access for most NGOs, the first step was to create a credible marketplace that could seamlessly showcase NGOs and engage with funders, alongside building a community and curating topical content.

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Our Story

The Team's grassroot level experience highlighted that funding typically goes to later-stage NGOs and social enterprises with an established track record, ability to scale and raise significant follow-on funding. Early stage NGOs and social enterprises are therefore not typically on the funding radar.

We aim to improve funding access for such deserving grassroots organisations doing impactful work but lacking access to donor, philanthropic, institutional and corporate CSR funds.

However, given the lack of digital access for most NGOs, the first step was to create a credible marketplace that could seamlessly showcase NGOs and engage with funders, alongside building a community and curating topical content.

ARION is a strong proponent of introducing credible business disciplines to the social sector and aims to play a significant role in developing the underlying governance and transparency ecosystem that will hopefully become the bedrock of social sector funding requirements and parameters in the future.

Vision

Our vision is to bring about democritisation of funding in the Indian social sector.

Given the level of funding this sector attracts, a robust ecosystem is fast becoming a prerequisite not just for corporates but all kinds of donor classes and impact investors.

A reshaping of the Indian development ecosystem is underway and accountability, transparency and governance are going to be fundamental to real social value creation. This presents a significant opportunity to bring about a systemic change in the way socio-developmental projects and interventions are dealt with, funded and managed for long term impact generation.

ARION's long term vision is to progressively build out a bottom-up, data-driven, and beneficiary analysis based meaningful benchmark of assessments that can be utilised in the future to formulate a coherent 'rating' system for NGOs, akin to financial sector ratings.

Team

Our vision is to bring about democritisation of funding in the Indian social sector.

Given the level of funding this sector attracts, a robust ecosystem is fast becoming a prerequisite not just for corporates but all kinds of donor classes and impact investors.

A reshaping of the Indian development ecosystem is underway and accountability, transparency and governance are going to be fundamental to real social value creation. This presents a significant opportunity to bring about a systemic change in the way socio-developmental projects and interventions are dealt with, funded and managed for long term impact generation.

ARION's long term vision is to progressively build out a bottom-up, data-driven, and beneficiary analysis based meaningful benchmark of assessments that can be utilised in the future to formulate a coherent 'rating' system for NGOs, akin to financial sector ratings.

 

Core Team

Arpita, Founder - NGOIMPACT

Arpita Sinha

Founder

Arpita has over 6 years of leveraged finance experience, in addition to experience with rural communities and disaster management programs. She has also held financial advisory roles in the past. Arpita brings together unique skill sets, often in short supply in the social sector. She combines in-depth knowledge of the realities of the development sector in India with a strong financial background and commercial know how. She possesses the requisite sector knowledge to work seamlessly across the funder, donor, corporate, and social sector in India

Jeet, Business Development Analyst - NGOIMPACT

Jeet Sankalp

Business Development Analyst

Jeet has over 5 years of work experience in the Indian social sector. His work has primarily focused on formulating needs assessments, conducting baseline studies, facilitating case study research, monitoring and evaluation of projects etc. He additionally also has in-depth experience of conducting social audits, impact assessments and coordinating and communicating with partner organisations.

Niyaj, Technical Analyst - NGOIMPACT

Niyaz Ahmad

Technical Analyst

Niyaz has over 5 years of experience in developing applications and solutions for a wide range of corporates, charities and public sector clients. He is passionate about building programs and products with real world applications and useful for diverse businesses. Niyaz has proven himself to be a highly resourceful, innovative and competent developer with extensive experience in the layout, design and coding.

Anil, Technical Analyst - NGOIMPACT

Anil Kumar

Technical Analyst

Anil has over 6 years of experience in designing and managing websites, portals and related software to enhance user experience and interface. Anil brings strong platform designing capabilities to the team. Some of the recent portals he has worked on include popular Indian websites - fitpass.co.in, timesjobs.com, stepahead.timesjobs.com etc.

Consultants

Anuradha, Consultant - NGOIMPACT

Anuradha Gupta

Program Manager, iVolunteer

With over 20 years in the industry, Anuradha is a management professional with experience in both the corporate and development sectors, across functional areas of project / program management and capacity building.

Vivek, Consultant - NGOIMPACT

Vivek Tiwari

IIT Delhi Alumnus, Operations Lead at Rivigo

With a degree from Indian’s leading technical school, Vivek has over 2 years of experience working in consulting at E&Y and has held technical roles in two Indian start-ups. Specialising in technical framework design, Vivek has been a crucial resource in designing the initial prototype of the MIS platform.

Advisors

Tanmoy, Advisor - NGOIMPACT

Tanmoy Prasad

Chief Information & Technology Officer, FSSAI, Delhi

Tanmoy is a well-respected technology industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in building technology infrastructure, e-governance, inter-operable systems and project management. He has led the roll-out of complex projects in new domains and technology, working with both the government and private sector. Tanmoy brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and industry contacts and is the primary lead on the technology platform build-out.

Manmohan, Advisor - NGOIMPACT

Manmohan Bhagat

Chairman, Bhagat Global and Earth Foundation

Mr. Bhagat is an extremely well-networked and recognisable name in both the Indian private and social sector. His company is a multi-faceted Group that has a presence in many sectors and geographies. He holds several key advisory positions and is associated with most of India’s leading Business Chambers. As a founding member of the Earth Foundation, he is very active in promoting socially meaningful initiatives and has been working very closely with ARION to develop the offering.

Arun, Advisor - NGOIMPACT

Arun Prabhu

Vice President, Amosta Solutions

Arun has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He has been instrumental in developing several go-to-market strategies for various products and brands. With a passion for social change, Arun is responsible for coordinating the development of affordable tables pre-loaded with educational software for low-income, rural students who lack easy access to the local schooling system.

Himanshu, Advisor - NGOIMPACT

Dr. Himanshu

Assistant Professor of Economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi.

His research areas include poverty, inequality, employment, food security and agrarian change. He has been involved with several government committees - Expert Group on Measurement of Poverty, National Statistical Commission and the Ministry of Rural Development. Himanshu’s experience in the development sector, knowledge of governance, systems and processes has been valuable in building out ARION’s offering.

Samantha, Advisor - NGOIMPACT

Samantha Bastian

Deputy Director, Evidence Action Beta, Kenya

Samantha has over seven years of experience working in the Indian and Kenyan social sector focused on monitoring, evaluation and research. As part of the initial ARION team set up during the Entrepreneurship Projects in Oxford last year, Samantha has been closely associated with the venture and continues to contribute to developments on a regular basis. Her knowledge of and experience in this space has been invaluable in positioning ARION appropriately with respect to Indian market needs.