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Reflections on Philanthropy for Social Justice — A New Era of Giving

March 1, 2023

Philanthropy in India is growing steadily, with a surge in funds and practice advancements. The question remains, how can this redistribution of wealth be effectively harnessed to achieve transformative social change and more inclusive development? In A New Era of Giving, thought leaders from India and abroad share their insights and perspectives on the challenges and issues to be addressed to make a shift from a charitable model of support to an approach that prioritises social justice.

Philanthropy in BRICS countries and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

March 1, 2023

Philanthropy in the BRICS countries and the UN Sustainable Development Goals is a review prepared by Russian Donors Forum alongside with the research Philanthropy and social investment in the BRICS countries. The review analyses how philanthropy in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is aligning its activity with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), what progress has already been made and what challenges the sector faces.The review studies the common features of philanthropy of the BRICS countries, as well as the role of Agenda 2030 in the sector of philanthropy and social investment in each of the countries.

Philanthropy and social investment in BRICS countries

March 1, 2023

Philanthropy and social investment in the BRICS countries is a study initiated by the Russian Donors Forum Association and the Ural Federal University Center for Research of Philanthropy and Social Programs. The International partners of the study are the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support Association (WINGS) and the Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose Association (CECP Global Exchange). In addition to the research there has been published a review Philanthropy in the BRICS countries and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.The aim of the study was to conduct a comparative analysis of the donor communities of the BRICS countries and to assess the COVID-19 impact on the sector of philanthropy and social investment.The study represents a portrait of the donor communities of the BRICS countries, the external conditions of their activities, including the regulatory environment; highlights the urgency of the donor organizations' work. In addition, the authors of the study tried to identify the challenges that arose before the donor community of the BRICS countries in connection with the global crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as analyze the activities and approaches of the donor community aimed at combating the pandemic and its social consequences.

How India Gives | 2020-21

September 26, 2022

Giving is not a new phenomenon for Indians, and it has been a part of their everyday lives for ages. Both structured and informal ways of giving in India have received attention from researchers who have indicated an overall high incidence of giving in the country.The Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP) at Ashoka University conducted this research on 'How India Gives' in collaboration with the Worldpanel Division of Kantar. This study is the first attempt to understand household-giving patterns acrossgeographies, socio-economic groups, demographics, and forms of giving using household surveys. 

Asia-Pacific; Cultures of Giving; Individual giving

India Climate Collaborative Annual Report

August 3, 2022

The India Climate Collaborative is a first-of-its-kind, Indiafocused, India-led organisation working to accelerate funding to, and engagement with, the climate ecosystem. The report offers a glimpse into how ICC aim to accelerate the amount of finance flowing into the climate space, enable new channels of collaboration between disparate stakeholders, and drive the climate solutions being developed by their network of partners to fruition. 

Asia-Pacific; Climate philanthropy

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

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