Kulsum Dawood is a Co-chair on the Board of Dawood Foundation, a philanthropic organization of The Dawood Group, Mrs Dawood is also a Trustee of the Family Welfare Co-operative Society, an organization geared for the betterment of underprivileged Pakistani young women and member of DIL (Developments in Literacy – Karachi Chapter) to work for the development in  literacy in Pakistan.

Mrs Dawood takes her social and civic responsibilities seriously. She has supported various charities in healthcare, education and economic development. She is a member of SOS, a charity known for the care of orphans, as well as a Depilex Smile Again Foundation, an NGO for the treatment and rehabilitation of burn victims. She supports other charitable organizations such as CARE (Cooperation for Advancement, Rehabilitation & Education), The Lahore Hospital Welfare Society, The Pakistan Society for the Welfare of Mentally Retarded Children and All Pakistan Women’s Association. Mrs Dawood has also served as the President of Women’s Voluntary Service and the Punjab Women’s Swimming Association (2000-2005).

She has attended Family Business courses from the world’s leading Business Schools, The International Institute for Management Development (IMD), in Switzerland in 2004 and 2005 and the Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in 2007. She regularly attends the World Economic Forum Annual Meetings in Davos.