Philanthropy in India

This report on Indian philanthropy 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. 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.

The aim is to provide an overview of philanthropy in India, particularly shining a light on new ideas and innovations, and the implications of these for the future role of philanthropy in order to better address the question: how to support and build philanthropy’s role as an agent of social change?

Author: Caroline Hartnell

Published by: Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace

Published: October 2017

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