When Mahati Mukkamala met Max Skinner at an event, they learned they had both been affected by profound loss. Max’s mother had taken her own life, and Mahati had lost his sister at a young age. The two wanted to make something that would help people, especially young people, feel that they were not alone in the world, and could work towards making the world a little better. And thus, Thropic was born. Based in Boston but working worldwide, Thropic offers a variety of online fundraising solutions and marketing services to small nonprofits, providing an alternative to other third-party fundraising sites, which is especially appealing to small, grassroots organizations. Besides customizable fundraising pages, Thropic offers sweepstakes for incentivized donations, donor management services including analytics and tax forms, and marketing solutions. Because of their low overheard, they can offer this all for a flat fee.
Today, Mahati is Thropic’s CFO, helping the company work with a number of organizations across a variety of focuses, including environmental, education, healthcare, and human and civil rights causes. Thropic has also raised money for suicide prevention as well as for nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We make sure we align ideologically with the cause, but we don’t have a specific focus,” Mahati says.
Mahati has always been naturally inclined towards math, and genuinely enjoys solving problems and finding creative solutions for Thropic. “I enjoy putting things together,” he says. He and his family moved to the U.S. in 1999 when he was 12, and though he graduated from UMASS at the height of the recession in 2009, he landed his first job with a nonprofit company, helping educate folks during the financial crisis. He went on to earn an MBA from Syracuse as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, graduating in the top 10% of students in the country. In addition to working as CFO at Thropic, he is also the treasurer for Asian Women in Health, a nonprofit focusing on healthcare in the Asian-American community, and is a contributing writer for Forbes. And though math has always come easily to Mahati, it’s not about the numbers, but about making the world a better, brighter place. What’s truly his favorite thing? “People who are kind.”
Co-founder & CFO — Thropic