Atma is an Accelerator for Education NGOs and Social Enterprises in India. We currently operate pan India. Atma was founded in 2007 to support and strengthen education organizations. We believe that these organizations can lead the way in reforming education; but faced with a severe lack of financial and human resources, they are unable to realise their true potential. Atma provides both Intensive and short term support to partner NGOs. Intensive support includes 3-year and 1-year partnerships and short term support includes project partnerships and workshops.

Organisation Representative

Endorsers that Atma partner with


A.T.E. Chandra Foundation

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

A.T.E. Chandra Foundation


A.T.E. Chandra Foundation (ATECF) anchors the philanthropic giving of Chandra Family. Strategic “portfolio approach” to social investments has helped advance and maximise its impact through various interventions. The Foundation works in collaboration with many leading Indian and Global organisations in the social sector such as Centre for Social Impact & Philanthropy (CSIP), The Bridgespan Group (TBG) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation(BMGF).


With a deep data-driven approach, the Foundation aims to create templates for solving various societal problems. It works with a deep sense of purpose around the problems it seeks to solve and aims to play a catalytic role by leveraging the available resources in the ecosystem.


Amit Chandra is the Chairman of Bain Capital in India and is a part of the firm’s leadership team in Asia. He is currently or in the past has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of a number of leading companies, such as Tata Sons, Genpact, L&T Finance, Piramal Enterprises, and Tata Investment Corporation. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007 and was named in Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy list by Forbes in 2016, along with his wife Archana. Archana Chandra is the CEO of Jai Vakeel Foundation & Research Centre, which is one of the largest NGOs serving intellectually challenged children.

On-going/Past projects

Atma: Building Capacity in India’s Education NGOs

By Atma

Atma is providing strategic solutions and building organisational capacity to help education NGOs in India scale to become better, stronger and more sustainable.