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Philanthropy in India

Philanthropy in India
Promise to Practice

First Edition
  • Meenaz Kassam - American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Femida Handy - University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Emily Jansons - works as Corporate Social Responsibility Manager in Toronto

April 2016 | 252 pages | SAGE India

A vivid account of philanthropic practices in the Indian context.

Philanthropy has a very long tradition in India. All practicing religions embody the idea of philanthropy and the concept of daan works across religions and cultures. This book provides unique sociological and empirical perspectives, contrasting what is happening in India vis-á-vis other countries. It documents various government policies that have influenced philanthropy and identifies successful strategies practiced by the general population as well as organizations.

Through case studies, narratives and interviews of philanthropists, the book examines various modes of giving—formal and informal, religious and secular, charitable trusts and foundations, NGOs and corporates, diaspora as well as social media platforms—that shape the practice and promise of philanthropy in India today.

Foreword by Noshir H. Dadrawala
The Practice of Philanthropy
Charitable Trusts in India
Individual Giving
Corporate Giving
Diaspora Philanthropy
Trends in Philanthropy

This is an interesting study of philanthropy and the way it is evolving in India… The book is the result of a three-year holistic study. It examines the philanthropic role played by non-profits, charitable trusts, religious trusts, family-run foundations and corporate giving… The book has several case studies and is reader-friendly.


Civil Society, January 2017

[The authors] have not just put useful and valuable data and information together, but also attempted to breathe life into the book, with stories of individual philanthropists and how they are celebrating the joy of giving, often with innovation and an entrepreneurial approach. This book is a result of a three-year study on many different aspects of philanthropy in India and the deep interest of all the three authors are seamlessly reflected across the six chapters… This book is very good in beginning and should find a place of honour in various academic institutions across the world and on the bookshelves of philanthropy practitioners. The media too would find its contents useful and interesting to quote from time to time.


Economic and Political Weekly, 16 December 2017

Meenaz Kassam

Meenaz Kassam is Associate Professor at the American University of Sharjah. She has coauthored three books and several papers, including an award-winning publication. Dr Kassam’s research interests include nonprofit entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and women’s empowerment. Her teaching interests include environmental issues, the sociology of human behavior, and sociological theory. She is also involved in working with NGOs in various countries. More About Author

Femida Handy, 2011 - 2016

Femida Handy is Professor of Nonprofit Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her academic writing is on philanthropy and volunteering, and her recent coedited book, The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy (2015) is a comprehensive reference guide to the practice of philanthropy across 26 nations and regions across the world. Dr Handy is currently Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, a premier journal in the field. She has several award-winning publications and has coauthored five books and over 100 publications. She has also coauthored a children’s book called... More About Author

Emily Jansons

Emily Jansons works in Corporate Social Responsibility and has a background in international development research and practice. She has done her MA from McGill University and BA (Hons) from Queen’s University. At the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada, she conducted a research on high-net-worth philanthropy in India, resulting in several publications, including VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Alliance magazine, and The Hindu Business Line. She was granted the 2012 Italian Research in Philanthropy Award from the Università... More About Author

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