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India Philanthropy Report 2020

February 29, 2020

Over the last decade, philanthropy has been able to contribute in a big way to India's fast-maturing development sector due to the significant rise in quantum of philanthropy, movement towards more structured approaches to giving, and growth and diversification of the support ecosystem. The India Philanthropy Report 2020, presented by Bain and Dasra, focuses on the need and opportunity to invest in India's most vulnerable, and showcases relevant case studies of solutions that could inspire such action.

The Power of Now: Making the Case for Giving to India

September 2, 2019

The last decade for India has been one defined by remarkable growth; it has moved from being the twelfth largest economy in the world in 2007 to the seventh-largest today. In social development as well, India has made significant strides over the last decade. The incidence of multidimensional poverty has almost halved between 2006 and 2016; the maternal mortality rate has reduced by 21%, between 2007 and 2013; and infant deaths have reduced by 26% between 2012 and 2018.2,3,4 Much of this progress has been achieved by the collective effort of state and central government bodies, an engaged civil society, and a vibrant nonprofit ecosystem.Unfortunately, this growth story has not been all-encompassing or entirely inclusive. It has left behind critically vulnerable populations that lack access to education, employment, and healthcare and remain disproportionately disadvantaged with regards to basic human needs.* Around 16 million girls between age 15-19 become mothers every year* 54% of girls aged 18-19 years have not completed Grade 10* More than 50% of all maternal deaths in the country occur within tribal communities* Millions of people still lack access to basic sanitation facilitiesThe seriousness, scale and complexity of these challenges are quickly outpacing the ability of our government to singlehandedly address them and are directly hindering our ability to accelerate human development at the required pace. With an annual gap of at least USD 60 billion for India to achieve just five of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the need for the private sector to supplement the government's effort in accelerating India's development, both financially and non-financially, is more pronounced than ever before.The good news is that now more than ever, the Indian social sector is well equipped and positioned to receive such support and address critical gaps on an unprecedented scale. With large-scale collaboration among multiple stakeholders, an increasingly transparent and professional philanthropy ecosystem, and disruptive models that are re-engineering the way we design and deliver societal solutions at scale, the opportunity to drive on-ground impact in India through collaborative, trustworthy, and innovative means is greater than ever before.

Squatting Rights: Access to Toilets in Urban India

April 30, 2018

Sanitation brings the single greatest return on investment of any development intervention– for every $1 spent on sanitation at least $9 is saved in health, education and economic development. Despite this well established fact, in India this sector has remained neglected for most of its post-Independence history. Even today, millions of Indians are subjected to grave ill health, increasing threats to safety, lower spending on education and nutrition, reduced productivity and lowerincome earning potential resulting into a deepening cycle of poverty – all for want of a basic sanitation facility. This is especially true for urban India. Growing slum population and lack of adequate sanitation force over 50 million men, women and children to defecate in the open everyday. The poor bear the worst consequences of inadequate sanitation in the form of ailingchildren, uneducated girls and unproductive people, making these populations even more vulnerable and costing India 6.4% of its GDP. The fact that even nations with lower per capita income such as Bangladesh and Pakistan are scoring far better than India on various sanitation indicators serves as a wakeup call. The need for improved urban sanitation in India is pressing and warrants public and philanthropic investment. Increasing levels of urbanization, rising densities of slums and historical lack of attention to urban sanitation only make this need more urgent.This report highlights that recent policy developments focusing on urban sanitation coupled with strategic philanthropic funding, can go a long way in providing urban poor with access to improved sanitation and ensuring healthy, prosperous cities.

Dasra Annual Report 2016-2017

February 26, 2018

Dasra Annual Report 2016-17

Collaborative Force: Empowering 10 to 19

February 1, 2018

Today, India is home to about 120 million adolescent girls, an astounding number of whom are still restrained by poor nutrition and health, lack of complete and quality education, early marriage, early and repeat pregnancies, little agency and a compromised potential. If this picture does not change drastically, India will miss out on the unique opportunity of leveraging its greatest advantage globally- its demographic dividend. This means that the country needs to act urgently, comprehensively and at scale to meaningfully include adolescent girls in its growth narrative. Needless to say, such a complex and ambitious agenda cannot be addressed alone. It needs urgent and formal collaboration between stakeholders, spanning business, government and civil society. However, bringing about such collaboration is no easy task, and agreeing to work together is no guarantee of success. Highlighting the significance of a collaborative approach to address the issues surrounding India's adolescents, this report goes a step further to share actionable insights on designing and facilitating a large-scale multistakeholder collaborative, leveraging Dasra's experience of laying the foundation for 10to19: Dasra Adolescents Collaborative, with key funders and non-profit partners. This is not a recipe book- each collaborative will have its own unique agenda and dynamics required to leverage the strengths of each stakeholder and ensure effective, collaborative action. Instead, the report outlines the building blocks that should be considered during the formative stages of a collaborative.

A Generation Ahead: Helping India's next-generation philanthropists succeed

February 1, 2018

Next Generation Philanthropists (NGPs) are poised to inherit the legacy of their families' philanthropy and respond to the needs of modern society. It is critical to recognize the huge influence they will have over how impact is driven in the development sector. This in turn speaks to the greater responsibility NGPs have to make social investments thoughtfully and intentionally. India will witness one of the largest transfers of wealth, close to INR 12,800 crore (USD 128 billion), in the coming decade. In addition, during the first half of this century, there is likely to be 8-10 times more wealth transferred to philanthropy than in the entire 20th century. The majority of this wealth will be managed by family offices, and a portion will be diverted towards charitable and philanthropic activities through family trusts and foundations.In recognizing NGPs as the future of philanthropy, this study uncovers insights to help accelerate NGPs' donor journeys. This study draws upon the existing corpus of information that has been collected on NGPs in India and globally. Our literature review is supported by 20 interviews Dasra conducted with next-gen donors and those who work closely with them. Through this handbook, Dasra hopes to help NGPs- especially those starting out on their philanthropic journeys- become more strategic donors. It also wants to encourage and inform conversations among multiple generations involved in philanthropy, and advance the practice of strategic philanthropy.

India Philanthropy Report 2018: Understanding tomorrow's strategic givers

February 1, 2018

Now in its eighth edition, the India Philanthropy Report 2018 is a collaborative effort by Dasra and Bain. Building off from the 2017 report which highlighted what it means to give strategically, this year's report goes a step further to explore how philanthropists can give more effectively to increase the impact of their giving. In-depth interviews with more than 30 philanthropists revealed four key mindsets that, if embraced, can help givers realise their full philanthropic potential. The report begins by breaking down these four mindsets, articulating steps each donor can take to strengthen these mindsets and illustrating real-life examples of philanthropists who have successfully done so.

Tipping the Scales: Strengthening systems for access to justice in India

January 1, 2018

The Constitution of India mandates equality before the law, yet informal practices of exclusion and inequality continue to plague our legal systems. Universal access to justice is not just an end in itself, but is also an enabler for good governance in a democracy. To increase and improve access to justice for its citizens, India needs to create an environment where all elements needed to help people seek grievance redressal and to uphold their rights exist. Dasra's report, Tipping the Scales, maps and presents solutions to the spectrum of issues that obstruct universal access to justice in India. It also profiles 10 nonprofits doing critical and impactful work on the ground in this sector.

Giving As A Family

December 1, 2017

To share one's philanthropy with loved ones can be a very meaningful, but at times overwhelming, experience. The aim of the Dasra Philanthropy Guide, 'Giving As a Family' is to help donors navigate this journey. The guide sets out key considerations and poses guiding questions to help philanthropists examine how they might approach this particular form of partnership.

Your Philanthropy Roadmap

October 1, 2017

The seriousness, scale and complexity of India's development challenges- from rising inequality to extreme poverty and climate change- are quickly outpacing the ability of our government to single handedly address them. The good news is that the Indian philanthropy has matured significantly over the years. According to the India Philanthropy Report 2017, private donations made up 32% of total contributions to the development sector in India in 2016, up from a mere 15% in 2011. However, this exponential rise in philanthropy comes with an increased responsibility to ensure that the philanthropic capital is disbursed in a way that creates maximum impact and moves the needle on key development indicators. This may be easy to say, but in reality this requires givers to adopt a great deal of strategic thinking and planning. The difficulty in giving strategically makes several philanthropists face questions such as "How much should I give?", "Which cause(s) should I focus on?", "How do I distinguish between the credible and less credible NGOs out there?" As an increasing amount of philanthropic capital is directed towards India's development, there is a need for philanthropists to seek expert guidance that helps them navigate through such questions and build an effective plan for their philanthropy. Your Philanthropy Roadmap, is the first in a series of guides published by Dasra in collaboration with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) with support from Sampradaan to fulfil this need.

India Philanthropy Report 2017 - The Individual Philanthropist's Path to Full Potential

July 1, 2017

Now in its seventh edition, the India philanthropy report 2017 is a collaborative effort by Dasra and Bain. In addition to highlighting the quantum of funds channeled to the development sector in India and trends in giving, this year's report goes beyond and focuses on the evolving approaches that givers are adopting to maximize their philanthropic impact. While there is no defined route to becoming an evolved giver, there are various pathways one can choose from to be more effective in their philanthropy. In this report, Dasra and Bain define a framework that outlines the donor journey, provides insight into the various pathways and stages of giving and demonstrates what philanthropists can do beyond increasing the amounts of giving to be more effective. It also showcases a broad segmentation of giving approaches, highlights some common challenges givers continue to face and presents a few practical tips to overcome them. In addition, it illustrates case studies of various philanthropists including Rati Forbes, Amit and Archana Chandra, and Hemendra Kothari, who have traversed various parts of this journey.

Dasra Girl Alliance: From Then to Now - Learnings and the Way Forward

April 6, 2017

This document traces the journey and progress of Dasra and its partners into the sector of adolescent girl empowerment, highlighting key milestones but more importantly, learnings for the way forward. The Alliance partners have been critical in this journey for building an ecosystem for adolescent girls in India. Their steadfast and determined support through the challenges and successes has been the cornerstone on which the Alliance has grown taller and accomplished significant progress in the past four years. The unrestricted, long-term, collective funding for Dasra as well as the sector, access to technical expertise, and facilitated engagements with government agencies and other important stakeholders has been invaluable. The Alliance has allowed Dasra the opportunity to constantly innovate, learn, grow and ultimately, accelerate and multiply impact. More importantly, the belief that together we are stronger and the pursuit of putting that belief into action every year has brought us that much closer to achieving what is foremost for us all – a world where girls are safe, heard and celebrated. In alignment with the organization's core values, Dasra's work in the adolescent girl sector has been characterized by powerful partnerships, trust based networks, and investments in successful, scalable solutions for deeper impact on the ground. In many ways, Dasra's work in this sector follows the evolution of the organization itself, which has become more deliberate, collaborative, data-driven, and impact-oriented over the years.