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Philanthropy and access to justice in India

Srijoni Sen 14 March 2017

The most successful experiments in social reform in India have been driven from ‘below’. Prominent examples include the Right to Information grassroots movement that resulted in landmark legislation, and the ‘social audit’ process in MNREGA, …


China Foundation Center: New cloud platform for foundations/NPOs in China 

China Foundation Center 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

During the past 15 years, the philanthropy sector in China has developed rapidly. Today, over 5,500 foundations and over 670,000 non-profit organizations (NPOs) are registered in China. However, the efficiency and effectiveness of the sector …


Dasra: Philanthropy forum discusses India’s developmental challenges

Dasra 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Dasra has been working with philanthropists, corporates and foundations to address some of India’s critical development challenges in education, healthcare, livelihood, sanitation and women’s empowerment. To this effect Dasra held its third annual forum in …

India’s philanthropy sector is fit for study 

Ingrid Srinath and Preeti Mann 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Long-standing traditions enjoin Indians across religion, ethnicity and class to give without consideration of return. ‘One who enjoys abundance without sharing with others is indeed a thief,’ says the Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse Hindu scripture.  …

Don’t neglect empathy in the pursuit of analysis  

Sumitra Mishra 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

If philanthropy education is at an embryonic stage in Europe, the concept is not yet seeded in India. That does not imply that philanthropy is not growing. It is. It is being driven by philanthropists, …

The rise of middle-class giving in India

Caroline Hartnell 20 February 2017

This blog is the third in a series of four drawing on the initial findings of a new study of philanthropy initiated by the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace. These will …

SDG Philanthropy Platform launches in India

Alliance magazine 25 January 2017

The SDG Philanthropy Platform has launched in India, at a meeting of key supporters within Indian philanthropy.   The SDG Philanthropy Platform allows and encourages communication, working partnerships, and the sharing of resources  between philanthropic …

Charitable giving in China in a new legislative environment

Karla Simon and Holly Snape 24 January 2017

China has been faulted for having an extremely low rate of charitable giving. In the Charities Aid Foundation’s 2015 “World Giving Index” China ranked 144th out of 145 – spared a last place finish only …

Case study – Philanthropy in disaster: work ‘twice blest’

Rita Thapa 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The disaster relief work we have done following the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal has convinced Tewa and its sister organization Nagarik Aawaz (NA) of the value of altruism in philanthropy. When all is lost, …

Case study: Developing community philanthropy in Vietnam – part-way there

Dana Doan 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

LIN Center for Community Development (LIN) was set up in Ho Chi Minh City in 2009 to ensure that local people were actively involved in addressing local problems. As such, one of its objectives was …