Devindra and Manisha Chainani: Tech Grants

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Microsoft

FUNDING AREAS: Global, Education & Arts

OVERVIEW: Devindra and Manisha Chainani move their philanthropy through the Mani Charitable Foundation, which gave away around $106,000 in a recent fiscal year. Grantmaking touches education and global causes, including the Indian community.

BACKGROUND: Devindra Chainani graduated from College of Engineering, Pune, in India, with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and then lectured at the school. He went on to join Microsoft, managing engineering teams for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Azure.

ISSUES:

GLOBAL & INDIAN CAUSES: The Chainanis steadily support Pratham USA, which “was established in 1995 to provide education to children in Mumbai slums, and is now one of the largest and most successful non-governmental education organizations in India.” Manisha is interested in nonprofits in India that serve children with special needs. She’s on the advisory board of Upaya, whose mission is to “create dignified jobs for the poorest of the poor by building scalable businesses with investment and consulting support.” Other grantees have included India Association of Western Washington and Association for India’s Development.

EDUCATION & ARTS: Manisha started Liveanklets, which provided Indian classical dance education to children and adults. She has a passion for education and the performing arts. Grantees have included Bellevue Schools Foundation (Manisha sits on the board), University Prep (Chainani is on the board), Seattle Art Museum, and University of Washington, including its Meany Center for the Performing Arts. Devindra has supported University of Washington programs for over 25 years, spanning the Jackson School for International Studies, the Foster School of Business, the Information School, and Human Centered Design & Engineering.

OTHER: The Chainanis, via their foundation, have recently given much more modest sums to health organizations including National Alliance on Mental Illness. Support has gone to human services organization Bellevue Lifespring. Manisha is heavily involved with API Chaya, which “provides support to people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, forced marriage or human trafficking.”

LOOKING FORWARD: The Chainanis are still very much engaged in business. Perhaps they’ll give greater sums down the line.

CONTACT:

Mani Charitable Foundation
c/o D Chainani 9031 NE 19th Street
Clyde Hill, WA 98004