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Grant News: Soros Fellows and Sikh Coalition

April 23, 2009

Out of 31 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows for this year, seven are South Asians.  This fellowship recognizes “New Americans” – either immigrants or children of immigrants – with scholarships for graduate school.  Although this story’s not about philanthropy by South Asians, the Soros Fellowship is quite a big deal in the philanthropic field and it’s nice to see South Asians benefiting from such a wonderful grant program.

The Sikh Coalition reports on capacity building training that it received from the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), asking how we donors should hold them accountable for the money we’ve sent their way.  I like the reflection of Harsimran and I think all organizations – South Asian and otherwise – should do some introspection on the impact they generate with the donations they receive.  It sends a great message to donors and builds trust among South Asian donors, many of whom are new to charitable giving in this way.

(Hat tip to Asian American Giving…)

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