GLOBAL philanthropic giving to India is set to accelerate at a faster pace than ever before, with Give and US-based Indiaspora entering into a strategic, long-term partnership. While Give is India’s most trusted and largest giving platform, Indiaspora is a nonprofit comprising global Indian-origin leaders from diverse backgrounds and professions. Since 2012, Indiaspora has been working with the diaspora to be a force for good by providing a platform to collaborate, build community engagement, and catalyse social change.
The partnership will operate as Give in the U.S. with Ashish Shah, formerly senior director of philanthropy and community engagement at Indiaspora, leading the new venture as CEO of North America. The 3-member philanthropy team at Indiaspora will become part of Give Foundation Inc (our US nonprofit) and drive Give’s institutional giving activities in the US.
Indiaspora has been encouraging greater philanthropic giving from the Indian diaspora, and in 2020 and 2021 during the height of the pandemic, along with its partners, the organisation raised a whopping $15 million (₹117 Crore) to support COVID relief efforts both in India and in the United States.
As part of COVID relief during the second wave of the pandemic in 2021, Indiaspora donated funds for Give’s Cash Relief programme for low-income families, losing their only breadwinner to the deadly virus. Over 8,300 COVID-bereaved families received a one-time humanitarian cash support of ₹30,000 to help with living expenses.
Joining forces for good
After the partnership, Give, in its new avatar, will aim to support over 500 nonprofits in India through philanthropic contributions from more than 200 partners over the next three years.
Speaking about the partnership, M.R. Rangaswami, Indiaspora’s founder and chairperson of the board said, “We are delighted to join hands with Give, given the significant and complementary strengths of both organizations. Leveraging Indiaspora’s network of prominent Indian diaspora leaders and Give’s network of on-the-ground nonprofit partners, we look forward to accelerating global philanthropic giving to India.”
Welcoming the partnership, Atul Satija, CEO, Give said, “We are excited about the opportunities that this partnership with Indiaspora brings. U.S. philanthropists played an invaluable role in our COVID response work over the last couple of years. This partnership allows us to bolster these existing relationships and significantly scale our support for India’s social sector.”
Sunil Wadhwani, philanthropist, founder of WISH Foundation and co-founder of the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence said, “I am very excited to hear about this partnership between Indiaspora and Give. This is the type of bold collaboration that is needed to strengthen the bridge between U.S. philanthropists and the Indian social sector. It is an opportunity to make a quantum leap in giving to India.”
Talking about the partnership, Ashish Shah, CEO, Give, North America, who has been focused on empowering donors and philanthropists who wish to give and support causes in India, says that the partnership could not be more timely. “Recent increases in intensity and giving show that this is truly a transformative moment for philanthropy to India. Through the combined strengths of both organizations, this partnership will allow us to capitalize on this moment and empower U.S. donors and institutions to give both generously and strategically to make a meaningful impact on India’s development” Ashish said.
Since its inception, Give’s community of more than 2 million donors and over 250 partners have supported more than 2,800 nonprofits, serving over 15 million people across India. The partnership with Indiaspora will only help Give make giving bigger and better.
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