Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani

Redefining philanthropy together as a family

For philanthropic families, the transition of decision-making and wealth can be a critical and challenging period. Given that respect for and deference to elders is a core family value in India, conversations to redefine philanthropy for the family can be difficult for Next Generation Philanthropists to initiate. But this is also a great opportunity to...
Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt gives INR 50 lakhs each to driver and personal helper to buy homes

The most important people in an actor’s life are not only their parents, but also their personal staff. Some actors are known to be generous to their drivers, bodyguards and makeup artistes. But it takes an extra kind heart to do what Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt did. Alia's driver Sunil and her helper, Amol are...
adolescent girls

Collaborative action to empower India’s 250 million adolescents

Annual philanthropy convening ‘Dasra Philanthropy Week 2019’ was hosted by Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation, in New Delhi. It brought the empowerment of India’s 250 million adolescents at the forefront of the discussion between government officials, non-profits, sector experts, foundations and philanthropists. Through the lens on ‘collaborative action’ with the government, the convening spotlighted on government schemes like Rashtriya Kishor...
Azim Premji

CSR: Wipro Chairman Premji pledges 34% of shares to philanthropy

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji has earmarked 34% of Wipro Ltd shares worth INR 52,750 crore ($7.5 billion) for his philanthropic activities. “Azim Premji has increased his commitment to philanthropy, by irrevocably renouncing more of his personal assets and earmarking them to the endowment, which supports Azim Premji Foundation’s philanthropic activities,” the Foundation said in a...
Jacqueline Fernandez

Jacqueline Fernandez lends a hand to rebuild Kerala

Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez recently visited Aluva in Kochi and interacted with the families affected by floods. She was in Kerala as part of the NGO Habitat for Humanity India’s campaign to support flood victims. The campaign - Jacqueline Builds - aims to construct 500 disaster-resistant houses for the flood-affected in Kerala. Jacqueline also visited...

PM Modi wrote a letter to Gautam Gambhir. Here is what it said

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded retired cricketer Gautam Gambhir for his contribution to the sport as well for his efforts to bring “positive difference in the lives of the lesser privileged”. Gambhir sponsoring the education of 50 children of CRPF personnel killed in action; bearing the education expenses of Zohra, daughter of a Kashmir...

Why isn’t philanthropy investing in urban slums?

By Shreya Deb, Maddie Holland and Sonam Agrawal Poverty in India is changing. Since independence, while India has made progress in reducing its overall poverty rate, urban poverty has increased, driven primarily by people migrating to cities from rural areas in search of opportunity. Between 1973 and 2004, the share of India’s urban poor increased...
Pulwama attack martyr

Pulwama attack: What is corporate India doing?

40 Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) jawans were killed in the biggest terrorist attack in decades on the armed forces in Kashmir last Thursday. While the Bollywood and sports world is rising up in support of their families, corporate India is waking up to its social responsibility in the wake of the attacks. Infosys Foundation...
Bringing nonprofits together

Bringing NGOs together

Having guided companies like SOTC Travel Limited and later Kuoni Travel Group through exceptional growth as CEO, Ranjit Malkani is now putting his business acumen into play in the world of philanthropy. Along with his wife, Anjal, he is setting up his own philanthropic foundation, which he views as a different kind of entrepreneurial...
Ratan Tata and AM Naik

CSR is fighting cancer in the country

Corporate social responsibility and corporate philanthropy are emerging as major supporters in the fight against cancer in India. Breast cancer Fujifilm India conducted a conference on breast cancer in December 2018. Amulet- TAB (Together Against Breast Cancer) aimed to trigger behavioural change and to build awareness on the fact that early detection of breast cancer can...
CSR trends for 2019

Top CSR trends and projections for 2019

It has been quite an eventful year in the corporate social responsibility domain. So active was this field that a High Level Committee on CSR 2018 has been re-constituted under the chairmanship of Injeti Srinivas, Secretary, MCA to review the existing framework and guide and formulate the roadmap for a coherent policy on CSR. The...
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CSR: The true spirit of Christmas

You may feel that Christmas is a license to eat and drink too much, and yet the idea of transcending ordinary limits has been part of solstice celebrations for hundreds of years. You don’t have to go to literal extremes, but you can stretch your personal rules, based on the idea of days or...

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