Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP)

Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP) continued to focus on supporting India’s social impact sector through the pandemic.


Four research projects -- the second study of the Impact of COVID-19 on India’s Non-profit Sector, the second edition of the Estimating Philanthropic Capital in India report, a comprehensive paper on Philanthropy in India in collaboration with Harvard Business School, and the partnership to create the Candid India portal -- helped non-profits advocate for greater support from funders, enabled funders to make more informed decisions and helped inform the media narrative around civil society’s role in responding to the pandemic.


These studies, combined with direct input from non-profit leaders informed the design of the second iteration of Resilience Strategies for Nonprofits (RSN) which this year helped 82 non-profit leaders enhance their capacities in fundraising, technology, and leadership well-being.


CSIP also hosted the Disrupt Philanthropy Track at The Nudge Foundation’s Charcha2021 to help build awareness among philanthropists of the need to challenge established norms in the wake of COVID-19, and worked with Give India and the GROW Fund to help channel funding support to non-profits across India.


Other CSIP convenings included the Hack and Learn event with the Government Outcomes Lab at Oxford University, a seminar on the Future of Social Sector Recruitment with the University’s Career Development Office, and lectures at events hosted by the Impact and Policy Research Institute, Participatory Research in India, and the London School of Economics’ Department of International Development among others.


The board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) approved the report on the proposed Social Stock Exchange (SSE) which CSIP helped to author. The SSE aims to increase the capital available for social impact in India and to enhance the sector’s credibility. The Centre also contributed the India chapter of the Global Philanthropy Index compiled by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.


CSIP’s work on tax incentives for philanthropy was showcased at the University of Geneva, the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) conference and published in a Routledge textbook on the topic. Critical initiatives launched in 2021 were convenings towards building stronger networks of civil society organisations, a sector-wide study of Talent Management Practices, and 2 cohorts of the Philanthropy Research Fellowship.


The Centre worked with students through the year, helping to broaden their awareness of social impact issues through interactions with sector leaders, and by supporting internships and placements with social sector organisations. The 2021 Mother Teresa Fellowships extended support to another eight Ashoka University graduates to help shape their careers in social impact.


CSIP’s work would not be possible without the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citibank, Omidyar Networks India, ATE Chandra Foundation, EdelGive Foundation, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, Luis & Fiona Miranda and Govind Iyer.



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