Ingrid’s Blog

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Ingrid Srinath is founder and director of the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University.
The views expressed here are entirely her own and do not reflect those of the university.

How Funders Can Respond During COVID-19

March 24, 2020
Most nonprofits in India find themselves challenged on multiple fronts by the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These may include: Productivity affected by schools, offices, and meeting spaces closing, and staff working from home. Inadequate hardware, connectivity, or access to information to operate remotely....read more
Civil Society & the Private Sector

Civil Society & the Private Sector

June 10, 2019
From Nigeria to India, China and beyond it would seem that philanthropy is entering a new golden age. Every few months brings news of another billionaire making a substantial pledge towards addressing a pressing economic or social issue. Corporate social responsibility (CSR), in a variety...read more

Why Can't NGOs Be More Business-Like?

June 3, 2019
HOW often have you heard that non profits need to be “more business like”? Or witnessed the awe that greets people who cross over from the private sector to a job in an NGO? Despite the global financial meltdown, relentless reports of corporate malfeasance and...read more

Questioning Scale As We Know It

April 23, 2019
Do we really understand scale, and the trade-offs we make in the pursuit of it? It is a (if not the) buzzword in the world of Indian philanthropy; the holy grail that nonprofits must beat a path to if they are to qualify for support; the reason...read more

Making Indian Philanthropy Matter

April 18, 2018
There is much to celebrate in Indian philanthropy at present. News headlines and informed opinion concur that religious and secular charitable giving, and philanthropy by businesses, foundations, and wealthy individuals are growing apace. Newer forms of social investment such as venture philanthropy and social impact...read more

India's Philanthropy Sector is Fit for Study

March 7, 2017
Long-standing traditions enjoin Indians across religion, ethnicity and class to give without consideration of return. ‘One who enjoys abundance without sharing with others is indeed a thief,’ says the Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse Hindu scripture. Even before the Companies Act, 2013 prescribed norms for philanthropic...read more