Organizations join hands to amplify U.S. philanthropy to India


Two organizations, GiveIndia and Indiaspora, announced Tuesday that they are entering into a strategic, long-term partnership to “amplify philanthropic giving from institutions, foundations, and high-net-worth individuals from the United States to social impact initiatives in India.”

In a media release, Indiaspora said it works to position the global Indian diaspora as a “force for good.” It claimed that between 2020 and 2021, Indiaspora, along with its partners, mobilized $15 million in funding to support Covid-19 relief efforts both in India and in the United States.

“We are delighted to join hands with GiveIndia, given the significant and complementary strengths of both organizations,” said Indiaspora’s founder and chairman M.R. Rangaswami. “Leveraging Indiaspora’s network of prominent Indian diaspora leaders and GiveIndia’s network of on-the-ground non-profit partners, we look forward to accelerating global philanthropic giving to India.”

GiveIndia is an India-headquartered non-profit working in the poverty-alleviation sector. Since its inception in 2000, GiveIndia claims, its community of more than two million donors and over 250 partners have supported more than 2,500 non-profits, serving more than 15 million people across India.

“We are excited about the opportunities that this partnership with Indiaspora brings,” said Atul Satija, CEO of GiveIndia. “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.”

A press release said that the partnership will operate as GiveIndia in the U.S. and will aim to “support over 500 non-profits in India through philanthropic contributions from more than 200 partners over the next three years.”

Ashish Shah, formerly senior director of philanthropy and community engagement at Indiaspora, will lead the new venture as CEO of North America.

“This partnership could not be more timely,” said Shah. “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.”