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Cultures of Giving Country Profile: India

January 12, 2022

This report has been prepared for the WINGS Cultures of Giving Working Group by Dr Abhijit Prabhughate and Dr Madhulika Tyagi at the Ashoka University Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP). The WINGS Cultures of Giving Working Group explores and shares the many different types and ways philanthropy exists in the WINGS network, as well as the diverse cultures of giving around the world.

Individual giving

Impact of the PSE in India, Kenya & Russia: Country Case Studies

September 8, 2021

This study examines philanthropy support organisations (PSOs) in India, Russia and Kenya, to understand their role in driving the growth and development of philanthropy, giving, and private social investment in these countries. The study examines the development of the sector in each country, by assessing its size, scope and other characteristics. There is some attempt to understand the individual and collective impact of PSOs in each country.

Philanthropy and COVID-19 in the First Half of 2020

August 26, 2020

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created a global health and economic crisis that is testing regions around the world. In response, foundations, corporations, and individuals have been disbursing funds to nonprofits to help communities cope with these unprecedented challenges. Candid has been closely tracking the global private philanthropic response to COVID-19 through news stories and other publicly available resources as well as from funders who have reported disbursements directly to Candid. In this report, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Candid look at the philanthropic dollars that were distributed for COVID-19 in the first half of 2020.

Data and technology, Information and Communications; Enabling environment and civic space; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

Funding the Future - How the climate crisis intersects with your giving

June 23, 2020

This guide illustrates how the climate crisis impacts funding portfolios and highlights where there are co-benefits with taking climate action. It looks at five key areas that we call 'climate intersections.'The findings and suggestions in this report are meant to shine a light on how you as a funder can increase your impact by applying a climate lens to existing work. You know your portfolio best, and are therefore well placed to think through what these intersections mean for your work. The report is also interspersed with case studies on funders and select NGOs who are already applying this lens to their work.

Climate philanthropy; Cultures of Giving; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil

June 30, 2019

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil is part of PSJP's Philanthropy Study. Previously the study has focused on producing a series of papers on philanthropy in four emerging market countries/regions – India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil. These studies have taken a broad view of philanthropy, encompassing everything from individual giving (by the very wealthy and by people of more modest means, including crowdfunding) to giving by private and corporate foundations, CSR, community philanthropy, social justice philanthropy, self-funded movements and impact investing.The current paper looks at individual giving by ordinary people in these countries/ regions in more depth. Seen as an area of great promise in India and Russia, it is at an earlier stage in Brazil. In the Arab region giving to the social sector is barely making headway, though traditional giving is very much alive.

Europe; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy; Latin America and the Caribbean; Middle East

Everyday Giving in India: Harnessing the potential of a billion givers for social impact

April 30, 2019

From September 2018 to April 2019, Sattva undertook a first-of-its-kind study on the everyday giving ecosystem in India, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. The study does a comprehensive mapping of the giving ecosystem, including the givers, the NGOs that engage with retail givers, online and offline giving channels, and the enabling ecosystem, their practices, successes and barriers, and provides actionable recommendations into unlocking more potential from India's everyday giver.

Asia-Pacific; Cultures of Giving

Enabling Philanthropy and Social Impact in India: State of the Support Ecosystem

January 30, 2019

Strategic use of ever unpredictable financial resources. Lean yet nimble teams, structured to facilitate overall achievement of goals. Collaborations that prioritise knowledge, learning, and making interventions. An encouraging sector environment. Trust, transparency and communication among all stakeholders. These are necessary elements in commonly-held visions of effective social impact and philanthropy sectors, that utilise their shrinking resources well, proactively engage with their social, political and economic world and constantly innovate. The reality of India's social impact and philanthropy sectors, however, could not be further removed from this vision. Stuck in the pressures of sheer survival, saddled with a complex regulatory landscape and a challenging socio-political context, our vision for the social impact and philanthropy sectors has become a receding horizon, instead of a guiding compass.

Enabling environment and civic space; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Philanthropy in India Summary

November 1, 2017

This is the summary of the report on Indian philanthropy, based on a study that started in 2016. It is part of a larger study in other emerging economies to review the current state of philanthropy and what role it is playing in the world. This is the first report from the study, which we hope will eventually form part of the Philanthropy Bridge Series.

Asia-Pacific; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Philanthropy in India

October 1, 2017

This report on Indian philanthropy is based on a study that started in 2016. It is part of a larger study in other emerging economies to review the current state of philanthropy and what role it is playing in the world. This is the first report from the study, which we hope will eventually form part of the Philanthropy Bridge Series.The study does not attempt to address the acknowledged lack of comprehensive and reliable data on philanthropy in India. Rather it aims to throw light on the current state of Indian philanthropy through conversations with people who have been trying to promote, support or strengthen different areas of philanthropy. This includes various forms of giving by the wealthy; social justice philanthropy, self-funded activist movements and community philanthropy; and giving by individuals of modest means.

Asia-Pacific; Grassroots and community philanthropy; Individual giving

India Philanthropy Report 2017 - The Individual Philanthropist's Path to Full Potential

July 1, 2017

Now in its seventh edition, the India philanthropy report 2017 is a collaborative effort by Dasra and Bain. In addition to highlighting the quantum of funds channeled to the development sector in India and trends in giving, this year's report goes beyond and focuses on the evolving approaches that givers are adopting to maximize their philanthropic impact. While there is no defined route to becoming an evolved giver, there are various pathways one can choose from to be more effective in their philanthropy. In this report, Dasra and Bain define a framework that outlines the donor journey, provides insight into the various pathways and stages of giving and demonstrates what philanthropists can do beyond increasing the amounts of giving to be more effective. It also showcases a broad segmentation of giving approaches, highlights some common challenges givers continue to face and presents a few practical tips to overcome them. In addition, it illustrates case studies of various philanthropists including Rati Forbes, Amit and Archana Chandra, and Hemendra Kothari, who have traversed various parts of this journey.

Asia-Pacific; Individual giving

Bringing Foundations and Governments Closer - Evidence from India

May 1, 2017

This report is the outcome of a study conducted jointly by Dasra and the OECD DevelopmentCentre's Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD) and supported by theUSAID. It outlines the current state of foundation-government collaborations in India.

Asia-Pacific; Multi-stakeholder collaboration and SDGs

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