This report is part of a larger study by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP), started in 2016, to review the current state of philanthropy in emerging economies and the role philanthropy is playing in the world today. This is the first report from the study, which might eventually form part of the Philanthropy Bridge Series.
It discusses the current state of Indian philanthropy through conversations with people who have been trying to promote, support or strengthen different areas of philanthropy. The interviewees were asked what currently exists in terms of their particular area of philanthropy and what role it is playing in relation to the state and the private sector; what is driving it and what is holding it back; and what potential role it could play and examples of stellar achievements. The areas covered include various forms of giving by the wealthy – called ‘impact-focused philanthropy’, progressive philanthropy, corporate philanthropy and impact investing; social justice philanthropy, self-funded activist movements and community philanthropy; and giving by individuals of modest means.
The aim was to provide an overview of philanthropy in India, particularly shining a light on new areas and innovation within philanthropy, and the implications of these for its future role.