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Enabling Indian Diaspora Philanthropy from Give2Asia

October 1, 2011

I’ve been meaning to blog about this one for awhile – but as you may recall, all of us SAPP-ers get swamped at the start of the school year. So, Give2Asia put out an excellent report a few months ago called “Enabling Indian Diaspora Philanthropy,” available for free on their website.  It turns out that Indian NGOs received almost $740 million from private donors in the United States!

Overall, this report – though short – was quite interesting for providing some sorely needed data and analysis about diaspora giving back to India.  We’ve added it to our Resources page and hope it proves useful to our readers and others doing research in the area.

Asian American Giving did a great summary of the report here.  As they noted, I thought one of the report’s most interesting points was about the challenges of giving to India, such as the following:

  1. Lack of information about good organizations
  2. Lack of trust in intermediaries and grantees
  3. Complicated legal processes
  4. Geographic concentration of grants

All of these are challenges we’ve read or talked about on this blog in the past.  Beyond this report, though, I hope that we see more research and analysis about diaspora giving in their new home countries – in other words, about the giving of South Asian Americans IN America, or Indo-Canadians IN Canada.  I am all for giving overseas if that’s what you’re passionate about, but all too often, I think we overlook the huge role that our community can play in our new countries in terms of philanthropic leadership.  Although many of our posts are about giving in and to South Asia, I hope that themes about giving in North America emerge as topics for more blog posts this fall – I’ll make an effort to look for more stories like that, but please send us ideas too!

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