Back to resources

Everyday Giving in India: Harnessing the potential of a billion givers for social impact

Active Citizenship | Ecosystem Building | May 2, 2019

From September 2018 to April 2019, Sattva undertook a first-of-its-kind study on the everyday giving ecosystem in India, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. The study does a comprehensive mapping of the giving ecosystem, including the givers, the NGOs that engage with retail givers, online and offline giving channels, and the enabling ecosystem, their practices, successes and barriers, and provides actionable recommendations into unlocking more potential from India’s everyday giver.

In Rohini’s words, “Kindness to strangers is an idea that has deep philosophical roots. It is a vision of humanity that transcends all religions and also tribalism. It is a cosmopolitan, universalist idea that allows ordinary people to stretch themselves. While it is natural and desirable that we give of our resources to those we know and trust, or to those who are like us, there is also something deeply ingrained in us that allows us to feel empathy to the stranger in distress. We can, if we are mindful, see ourselves in that stranger. And we respond with the same kindness that we would hope to receive ourselves. This report on Everyday Giving is about all kindness, but perhaps especially about kindness to strangers.”

 

Key findings of the report [PDF]

 

Key findings of the report in Hindi [PDF]

 

Full report [PDF]

 

Technical appendix [PDF]

Sketches from the three sessions are below.
A Billion Givers – a participatory dialogue on ‘Everyday Giving in India’ with the giving ecosystem

 

Strengthening our citizenship muscle: Everyday giving in a participatory democracy

 

Innovation and growth potential of the formal everyday giving market in India

Link to Sattva Site

This is a first attempt at uncovering the everyday giving market in India. We deeply appreciate your feedback, comments, and suggestions. Please write to: knowledge@sattva.co.in

More like this

Active Citizenship  |  Ecosystem Building  |  Others

Rohini Nilekani on why India’s wealthy need to do more to boost civil society

At a time when the government and the marketplace have assumed enormous power over our lives and choices, Rohini Nilekani argues that now is the time for civil societies to be boosted, and that India’s wealth creators need to do more about it. In this episode, she joins host Sandip Roy to discuss her latest […]
Sep 4, 2022 |

Ecosystem Building  |  Active Citizenship

"Gandhi's timeless inspiration to Mission Leaders" with Ramachandra Guha

This is an edited version of a conversation with Ramchandra Guha and Rohini Nilekani. They discuss how Gandhi shaped his intent and life to fulfil his various goals of individual freedom and agency, a true Swarajya, and how he achieved impact at scale. Many of the choices he grappled with are relevant to us today. […]
Dec 8, 2020 |

Ecosystem Building  |  Active Citizenship

Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility in South Asia and the US

This is an edited version of a panel discussion on “The Use of Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility for Social Change in South Asia and the US” with Rohini Nilekani, Geeta Pradhan, and Alnoor Ebrahim. The event was presented by The South Asia Institute at Harvard University in 2014. It was cosponsored by the Hauser […]
Jan 7, 2015 | Panel Discussions

Active Citizenship  |  Ecosystem Building

समाज, सरकार, और बाज़ार की जुगलबंदी। Society, States, and Markets ft. Rohini Nilekani

हम अक़्सर कहते है कि समाज, सरकार, और बाज़ार के बीच तालमेल बढ़ाने की ज़रूरत है। इस संतुलन को कैसे समझा जाए? समाज को किस तरह से बदलाव का भागीदार बनाया जाए? आप और हम क्या भूमिका अदा कर सकते हैं? इन्हीं कुछ सवालों पर चर्चा लेखिका और philanthropist रोहिणी निलेकणी के साथ। उनकी नई […]
Sep 29, 2022 |