iVolunteer brings volunteers and organisations together to share time, skills and their passion for India’s social development. Founded in 2001, it has since grown to engage over 15,000 volunteers every year, and works with 350 plus NGO partners. Involved in a wide range of causes and projects across the country, iVolunteer is the largest social enterprise to enable volunteering within India.
Volunteers, corporations and NGOs are offered a variety of options for engagement, and these are based upon various factors such as the time commitment available, their location, and also the cause and nature of the volunteering service planned.
iVolunteer has the unique distinction of being the only initiative that can enable Indian volunteers to serve in other developing countries. At the same time, it also facilitates international volunteers with national developments projects. A strong portfolio of corporate partners has formed over the years, and iVolunteer aims to further build the Volunteer Management capacity of Indian and South Asian organisations.
iVolunteer Awards is India's pioneering annual event for recognising and promoting volunteering, and is estimated to have reached an audience of over 100 million people.
Shalabh SahaiCo-founder & Director
Shalabh Sahai – Co-founder and Director of iVolunteer, is known as a leader at the forefront of volunteering development in India. He established iVolunteer Awards with the purpose to inspire more people to volunteer and to establish benchmarks on volunteering practices nationwide. Shalabh also co-founded JobsForGood, a boutique consultancy on HR Advisory and Recruitment for social enterprises, NGOs and company CSR portfolios.
An alumnus of the prestigious Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), he was the first Commonwealth Professional Fellow from India. Other academic activities include being a visiting faculty member at Social Enterprise Cell, NMIMS and SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) – both of which are counted to be among the top Indian business schools. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Pro Bono initiatives with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
As an acclaimed representative of volunteering in India, Shalabh is invited to speak at global volunteering forums such as Points of Light Conference on Service, Volunteering USA, and International Association of Volunteering Efforts (IAVE) World Volunteer Conference. Within India and South Asia, he often addresses students and young professionals about Indian social entrepreneurship. Shalabh is also a Global Council member for Global Pro Bono Network.