The IFoA Foundation Mahidhara Appeal
Why we need your help
Many in our community were deeply shaken when Mahidhara Davangere passed away in May, aged just 39.
Mahidhara was one of the most active volunteers in the global profession. He was the first Indian member to be elected to the Council of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and championed the IFoA’s work in wider fields, particularly data science and banking. He also volunteered generously with the Institute of Actuaries of India and the International Actuarial Association.
Through these and other connections, many members came to know Mahidhara, warming to his incredible energy and positivity. We join with Mahidhara's family, his colleagues and his friends in mourning his passing.
As an enduring tribute to Mahidhara, the IFoA Foundation is creating the Mahidhara Davangere South Asia Scholarship Fund, an initiative to support the most promising actuarial students in South Asia who need financial assistance to continue their education, and to help qualified actuaries to have more sustainable careers. The Foundation developed this concept with input from Mahidhara himself, so it seems fitting that it will now bear his name.
Alongside the launch of this new fund, the Foundation is generating support to reach its vision to open every door for the next generation of actuaries and to empower the profession to be transformative in addressing the greatest global challenges of our time. Against our appeal target and with the generosity of our community, we can increase our charitable impact in South Asia with projects such as:
1) The Mahidhara Scholarship programme with funding for the next three years
2) Educational hardship grants for young actuaries in South Asia who are financially disadvantaged
3) Grants to local partner organisations in India who can deliver grassroots educational programmes that will engage the next generation of actuaries
We have already received generous contributions from existing supporters with activity underway. We are seeking a further £30,000 from the actuarial community to deepen our impact even further. The first £10,000 will be matched by the IFoA Foundation to double donations gratefully received, allowing us to reach a total appeal target of £55,000.
ON BEHALF OF ALL THOSE WHO WILL BENEFIT, AND IN CELEBRATION OF OUR DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE MAHIDHARA, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT.
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