Amita has worked in the philanthropy and non-profit space for over 20 years. After working in rural India with handloom weavers for several years, she spent eight years at GiveIndia, building the Mumbai Marathon fundraising event and working extensively on their retail fundraising website. Currently, Amita is the Chairperson of the Mumbai chapter of Social Venture Partners (SVP) – a global organisation that applies the principles of venture investing towards meeting philanthropic goals. Additionally, she sits on the board of The Mohan Dayal Charitable Hospital in Pardi, Gujarat, the Advisory Council of Antarang Foundation and is part of the Communications Team at St Jude India Childcare Centres. In her free time, Amita enjoys travelling, experimenting in the kitchen, and collecting cookbooks.
“I was the first person who signed up to become a partner when Govind Iyer opened the chapter here in Mumbai. While I had worked for years in this sector prior to joining SVP, it was at SVP that I gained a much broader philanthropic perspective. Now, as Chapter Chairperson, it brings me fulfilment and joy to see new partners join and start their own journeys in giving. One point that I cannot emphasise enough is the collaborative and cooperative nature of this group, without which we could not have achieved all that we have for our NGO portfolio. SVP is a community, a family, and a place to learn, expand and discover. I’m particularly proud of how our partners came together during the early months of the corona crisis to ensure that none of our NGOs struggled during that most difficult time.”