Sharmila Rao Thakkar, MPH, MPA, CAP® is a nonprofit and philanthropic consultant based in NYC. Sharmila’s passion is helping leaders assess how and where to best deploy their resources. Recognizing the immense power and potential in giving back, she finds great joy in helping people align their time, talent, treasure, ties and testimony to their motivations, interests and values. She advises and coaches donors, families, and organizations on operations, strategy, governance, multigenerational engagement, equity and inclusion, grantmaking and community outreach. Recent engagements include serving as Senior Advisor for the India Philanthropy Alliance/India Giving Day, facilitating board training cohorts, leading grantmaking and governance planning with several foundations, and serving as ED of a nonprofit capacity building organization and a family foundation where she provided technical assistance, support and training for numerous nonprofits.
Sharmila holds an MPH from the Columbia University School of Public Health, an MPA from the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs, and a BA in International Relations from Brown University.
Emerging Family Leaders in Philanthropy
Posted on September 19, 2021 by Megha Desai, Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Katherine Lorenz
2021 Trustee Education Institute
Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker
Engaging the Next Generation
Posted on December 8, 2020 by Cadence Miller, Allison Hale, Sharmila Rao Thakkar
Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network Topical Call: Working with Diverse Donors and Families (May 2019)
Posted on May 14, 2019 by Ted Vander Roest, Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Katie Scott
Community Foundations Network Topical Call: Working with Diverse Donors & Families
Posted on May 13, 2019 by Ted Vander Roest, Kelly Brown, Sharmila Rao Thakkar
The First Year in the Life of a New Executive Director
Posted on September 14, 2017 by Adam Simon, John Hicks, Laura McCargar, Sharmila Rao Thakkar
September 2016 NCFP Non-Family Staff Peer Network Call
Posted on September 13, 2016 by Christine Koehn, Sharmila Rao Thakkar
June 2016 NCFP Non-Family Staff Peer Network Call: Managing Geographic Dispersion in Family Philanthropy
Posted on June 21, 2016 by Christine Koehn, Sharmila Rao Thakkar
March 2016 NCFP Non-family Staff Peer Network Call
Posted on March 22, 2016 by Christine Koehn, Sharmila Rao Thakkar
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