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14 Apr 2016    06:13 pm

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As the CFO of Edelweiss Financial ServicesBSE 1.44 %, Vidya Shah wrote many donation cheques to non-government organisations (NGOs) largely on instinct and trust. But soon after she resigned as CFO to set up the EdelGive Foundation, Shah visited some of these NGOs. The trip, which covered Nagpur, Sholapur and Kolkata, was an eye opener.

"Even the largest NGOs were struggling. They couldn't plan beyond six months because they were not sure they would be able to raise funds. And they ha no process to measure the work they doing," says Vidya, who is married to Edelweiss chairman Rashesh Shah, a batch-mate at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

That's how the foundation decided to help NGOs build capabilities Edelgive's annual budget is now Rs 25 crore, but the initial years, when it was much lower, Vidya determined to keep administrative costs low by limiting the Foundation's staff strength. "I decided to hire people with a social work experience, since we already had enough people with a management background," she says.