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Changing Views on Philanthropy in India

July 13, 2011

In the time since the SAPP blog in 2008, there have been dramatic changes in the philanthropy landscape in India.  Two recent articles highlight these changes.  The first , from the Philanthropy News Digest discusses several reports that follow the increase in private and corporate giving in India.  Citing the India Philanthropy Report by Bain & Company, the article states that private charitable contributions in India rose from 0.2 percent of GDP in 2006 to between 0.3 and 0.4 percent in 2011, putting it ahead of other emerging economies, including China and Brazil, where charitable giving as a percentage of GDP stand at 0.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively.  Clearly, even these modest increases are signal of changing views on philanthropy.

The second article, from the Times of India, is a discussion of  “The Art of Giving.”  The article discuss the reasons Indians may or may not give, suggesting that a higher inheritance tax may induce greater charitable giving. (India presently has no inheritance tax.)  While this article  presents less direct evidence of increased dollars flowing to philanthropic efforts, it does signal an emerging discourse around philanthropy in India.

It’s very exciting for us here at SAPP to be reporting on the changes taking place in India.   And, we wonder whether these changes in practices in India will lead to changing views on giving among South Asian in North America.  What do you think?

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