India2007Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD)The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED)International Education Funders GroupPrivate Foundation
Founded by Dr Gururaj “desh” Deshpande, the Deshpande Foundation strives to create an ecosystyem to nurture entrepruneurship and innovation relevant to local needs. At the core of the Deshpande Foundation's work is an inherent belief in a ‘bottom up’ approach. As a result, the foundation is headquartered in Hubli-Dharward and focuses on the surrounding georgraphic area of Northwest Karnataka.
Deshpande Foundation's mission is to strengthen local ecosystems, build leaders & entreprunerus, and catalyze innovative thinking to accelerate the creation of sustainable social enterprises that have significant social and economic impact. Education is one of the core activities of the foundation. Within this portfolio, Deshpande Foundation funds innovative ideas to strengthen school education in Northwest Karnataka which has resulted in scaling up several of the exemplary models promoted by Agastaya and Sikshana. Finally, the Foundation manages the Deshpande Education Trust, which in addition to supporting education works to bring employability and entrepreneurship to local youth in Northwest Karnataka. To date, the Deshpande Education Trust and its partners have trained over 400 youth and supported over a million children by extending access to quality education.