Gopal Kumar Jain has done his graduation in Agricultural Sciences from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and PG Diploma in Business Administration (MBA) from Nirma Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has over 27 years of experience in the development sector and is currently working as Lead Resource Development at IIHS, Bengaluru.
He started his career in April 1995, as a development professional with Centre for Environment Education (CEE), an institution, supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, working on programs targeted at Children and Youth. In 2010, he joined Oxfam India as Program Manager, Youth. Within six months, due to exemplary fundraising skills, was offered to lead the Fundraising Events, including Oxfam Trailwalker, the flagship fundraising event of Oxfam. He initiated Oxfam Trailwalker in Bengaluru and Mumbai, working out of Bengaluru for six years.
In May 2016, he joined as Head of Fundraising at Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action, and worked here for three years. Later in 2019, he joined as Vice-President of United Sisters Foundation (USF), founded by Milind Soman. In 2020-21, when USF work was on hold due toCOVID-19, he initiated consultancies with several national and international organisations like fundsforngos.org, GLG and a few start-ups. Post COVID, in Feb 2022, he joined as CEO at Green Scarf Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd, a for-profit social venture, helping Contributors (Corporate) and Implementers (NGOs) get engaged in CSR activities and manage compliances.
Fundraising and Partnership building, Networking, Branding and Communications are some of his core expertise. He closely worked with several international organisations like UNEP, UNICEF, USAID, several national organisations including Government and Corporates and individuals including HNIs. He has experienced fundraising from all major sources and channels including CSR Programs, Events Marketing and Sponsorships, Campaigns, grants, offline retail as well as digital fundraising, employee engagement and volunteering.