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Crain’s Chicago on Indian-American philanthropy

December 14, 2011

SAPP’s very own Sharmila Rao Thakkar is quoted in a recent Crain’s piece on Indian-American philanthropy in Chicago!  In Lighting the way: Anita and Prabha Kant Sinha lead cultural shift in charitable scene, journalist Claire Bushey explores the rise of South Asian philanthropy in Chicago.  She features the Sinhas’ laudable support of the Art Institute of Chicago as an example of this trend.  (We’ve covered the Sinhas’ giving on the SAPP blog here and here.)

Here’s one of Sharmila’s quotes:

The expanding relationship with cultural and charitable institutions gives South Asians “a place at the table,” says Sharmila Thakkar, director of the Chicago-based South Asian Philanthropy Project. And it gives non-profits access to both new perspectives and a new source of donations at a time when some longtime supporters are tapped out.

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