October 1, 2017
The seriousness, scale and complexity of India's development challenges- from rising inequality to extreme poverty and climate change- are quickly outpacing the ability of our government to single handedly address them. The good news is that the Indian philanthropy has matured significantly over the years. According to the India Philanthropy Report 2017, private donations made up 32% of total contributions to the development sector in India in 2016, up from a mere 15% in 2011. However, this exponential rise in philanthropy comes with an increased responsibility to ensure that the philanthropic capital is disbursed in a way that creates maximum impact and moves the needle on key development indicators. This may be easy to say, but in reality this requires givers to adopt a great deal of strategic thinking and planning. The difficulty in giving strategically makes several philanthropists face questions such as "How much should I give?", "Which cause(s) should I focus on?", "How do I distinguish between the credible and less credible NGOs out there?" As an increasing amount of philanthropic capital is directed towards India's development, there is a need for philanthropists to seek expert guidance that helps them navigate through such questions and build an effective plan for their philanthropy. Your Philanthropy Roadmap, is the first in a series of guides published by Dasra in collaboration with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) with support from Sampradaan to fulfil this need.