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Here are some articles, research, and policy papers about South Asians and/or philanthropy (in date order by most recent). SAPP plans to analyze and compile the lessons of these various resources in an upcoming white paper and independent research study.

Vaid, Urvashi and Ashindi Maxton. “The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color,” The Vaid Group (October 2017).

Inside Philanthropy. “A Latent Force: Inside the Collaborative Organizing Wealthy Donors of Color.” (October 2017).

Ahuja, Sarita. “Emerging Opportunities: Giving and Participation by Silicon Valley Asian American Communities,” AAPIP (2012).

SAALT and Asian American Federation.  “A Demographic Snapshot of South Asians in the United States” (February 2012).

UBS. “AInsights into UHNW Family Philanthropy in India.” UBS AG, 07 November, 2011.

Sridhar, Archana.  “An Opportunity to Lead: South Asian Philanthropy in Canada.” The Philanthropist Vol. 24 No. 1 (2011).  (Part of a special issue on diaspora philanthropy and civic engagement.)

Bakshi, Nishita and Barnett F. Baron, “Enabling Indian Diaspora Philanthropy,” Give2Asia (2011).

Mehta, Krishan and Patrick Johnston.  “Diaspora Philanthropy and Civic Engagement in Canada: Setting the Stage.”  The Philanthropist Vol. 24 No. 1 (2011).  (Part of a special issue on diaspora philanthropy and civic engagement.)

Sheth, Arpan. An Overview of Philanthropy in India. March 19th, 2010.

Bornstein, Erica, “The Impulse of Philanthropy,” Cultural Anthropology (November 2009).

SAALT.  “Washington DeSi:  South Asians in the Nation’s Capital” (July 2009).

Ajailiu (“Ajai”) Niumai, “Philanthropy and Indian Diaspora in the 21st Century,” presented at the AHRC/CRONEM (Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism) Conference 2009 at the University of Surrey, UK.

Ajailiu Niumai, “Indian Diaspora Philanthropy: A Sociological Perspective,” Man in India (March 2009).

Dusenbery, Verne A., and Darshan S. Tatla (eds.), Sikh Diaspora Philanthropy in Punjab: Global Giving for Local Good (Oxford Univ. Press 2009).

Hewlett Foundation and McKinsey & Co.  “The Nonprofit Marketplace: Bridging the Information Gap in Philanthropy” (2009).

Osili, Una. “Do Immigrants Free Ride more than Natives?” (2009)

SAJA FORUM. “The South Asian Philanthropy Project: Q&A.”    (March 2009)

Junn, Jane et al.  “Asian Americans and the 2008 Election,” National Asian American Survey (NAAS) (October 2008).

Ho, Andrew T. “Asian American Giving Circles: Building Bridges between Philanthropy and Our Communities,” Council on Foundations and ARNOVA (2008).

Immigration Policy Center. “The New Electorate: The Growing Political Power of Immigrants and Their Children” (2008)., “Democracy 2.0: Millennial-Generated Change to American Governance” (2008).


SAALT. “Building Community Strength: A Report about Community Organizations Serving South Asians in the United States” (July 2007).

AAPIP.  “Growing Opportunities:  Will Funding Follow the Rise in Foundation Assets and Growth of AAPI Populations?” Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (June 2007).

Dhingra, Pawan.  “Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities” (Stanford Univ. Press 2007) (particularly Chapter 7 on civil society).

Najam, Adil.  Portrait of a Giving Community: Philanthropy by the Pakistani-American Diaspora (2006).

Rink, Patricia. “Cultures of Giving: Collaborating Across Communities of Color to Advance Philanthropy,” W.K. Kellogg Foundation (2006).

Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy. “Philanthropy by Pakistani Diaspora in the USA” (2005).

Mottino, Felinda and Eugene D. Miller. “Pathways for Change: Philanthropy Among African American, Asian American, and Latino Donors in the New York Metropolitan Region,” Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, New York (2005).

Ahuja, Sarita et al. “Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Communities in the San Francisco Bay Area,” Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (2004).

Viswanath, Priya, and Noshir Dadrawala.  “Philanthropy and Equity:  The Case of India,” Harvard Global Equity Initiative (June 2004).

Charle, Suzanne. “Engaging Asian America: Opportunities and Challenges – A Report on the Asia Society’s Wallace Foundation LEAD Grant,” Asia Society (2004).

Kulabkar, Pankaja.  “For-profit Sector and Philanthropy: Comparative Study of India and the United States,”  ISTR Sixth International Conference (July 2004).

Development Alternatives Inc.  “The Collaborative Venture Analysis Facility Design,” with Tata Consultancy for USAID (2003).  A study of US-Indian partnerships in development, particularly in the NGO sector.

“Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fund raising in India,” Asian Development Bank, 2002.

Burbridge, Lynn C. et al, “The Meaning and Impact of Board and Staff Diversity in the Philanthropic Field,” Joint Affinity Groups (JAG) (2002).

Lopez, Mark Hugo. “Civic Engagement Among Minority Youth,” Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) (2002)

SAALT. “Demographic Characteristics of South Asians in the United States” (2001).

Mata, Fernando, and Don McRae, “Charitable Giving Among the Foreign-Born in Canada,” JIMI/RIMI Vol. 1, No. 2 (Spring 2000).

SAAPRI. “Making Data Count: South Asian Americans in the 2000 Census with Focus on Illinois.”

Saxenian, AnnaLee. “Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs.” Public Policy Institute of California (1999).


Chao, Jessica. “Asian-American Philanthropy: Expanding Circles of Participation.” Chapter in “Cultures of Caring: Philanthropy in Diverse American Communities,” Washington: Council on Foundations (1999).

Anand, Priya. “Hindu Diaspora and Religious Philanthropy in the United States,” Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, New York.

Blake, S. New Philanthropy Capital., NGO Profiles from India (documentary photos and films about philanthropic work) (ongoing).

Forum of Regional Associations of Grant makers.“Giving Together A National Scan of Giving Circles and Shared Giving”


Independent Sector. Giving and Volunteering by Race/Ethnicity, Giving and Volunteering Research Clearinghouse (an on-line bibliography).


Kumar, R. Gopa ed. “Indian Diaspora and Giving Patterns of Indian Americans in USA,” Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium.

LeBlanc, Richard. “20 Questions Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations Should Ask about Board Recruitment, Development, and Assessment.”



Vogelsang, Gardon, Taveras, Wilson. Social Catalysts: A Case Study of 15 Successful Diversity Focused Funds.

Wall Street Journal,

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