Giving in India: A guide for funders and charities

NPC’s report on giving in India is the result of a year spent in India researching social needs and analysing dozens of charities working in Rajasthan, Delhi and across India. It provides a practical and useful toolkit for funders looking to give in the country. It also includes a simple framework that donors can use when thinking about where to allocate their funds, and suggests the solutions needed to fix the problems associated with giving in India.

The report highlights four points that a donor should consider when determining where his or her funds can create greatest impact. These are:

  • level of need;
  • what works;
  • activity by other actors; and
  • the nature of the voluntary sector.

These points are all discussed in much greater length in the report, along with a list of questions donors might find helpful to ask on visits to Indian charities.

To carry out this work, NPC partnered with Copal Partners in India, a leading provider of financial analytics, business intelligence and research services, and spoke to 150 NGOs, mostly in the early childhood development and water and sanitation sectors.

This research is only one aspect of NPC’s international work. We also provide advice and support for donors giving internationally—from help thinking through what to do and how to do it, to analysis of a charity and its effectiveness.

Click to read Starting strong, which explores early childhood development in more depth, and highlights some effective charities tackling the issue.