Venkat Krishnan N.

Venkat is the Principal Trustee of India Welfare Trust. He spends 90+% of his time and wealth to promote philanthropy and volunteerism in India.

Venkat graduated from IIMA, worked first at “The Times of India” in various corporate and brand management functions and then joined the founding team of Sony Entertainment Television in India.

In 1996, he co-founded Eklavya School, Ahmedabad. He later co-founded Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd, a company that works on improving quality of school education in India.

Venkat set up GiveIndia in 2000, to create a “giving culture” in India and transitioned out in 2008, handing over the reins to professional management.

In 2009, he, along with several other volunteers, conceptualized and launched DaanUtsav, a festival that aims to bring India together to celebrate giving. Held from October 2-8 every year, the “festival” is a platform that allows everyone from India’s poor to its wealthiest to give back to society.

Venkat is also a signatory to #LivingMyPromise, an initiative where middle class Indians promise to donate 50+% of their wealth to causes of their choice. He has recently been involved in an initiative called #EveryIndianVolunteering (EIV in short) that aspires to engage every Indian in volunteering for social causes.