Our Research

The Centre of Social Impact and Philanthropy’s research focuses on critical topics in strategic philanthropy and civil society. We disseminate knowledge to guide effective decision-making and policy debate across India’s social sector. In addition to providing credible and reliable evidence-based, data-driven insights through applied research, we also strive to build a culture of evidence-led discourse and decision-making through our projects. 


Our initiatives and outputs include case studies, surveys, policy briefs, and knowledge partnerships with organisations and thought leaders. Together, we are working to bridge the knowledge gap and strengthen the sector’s capacity by building credibility, connections, and capabilities through the research we generate and disseminate.

Research Studies

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The Impact of COVID-19 on India’s Nonprofit Organisations: A Snapshot Report: How are NPOs dealing with the coronavirus crisis and what do funders need to know? Published June 2020, this report aims to facilitate discussion and offer preliminary recommendations on this pressing issue. A June 2020 webinar presented the research findings — including six good practices for nonprofits and 10 implications for funders — in a discussion with funders and nonprofit leaders. NPO leaders are invited to participate in Phase II by taking this survey.


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    Estimating Philanthropic Capital in India: FCRA Funding
    Released October 2020, this note on foreign philanthropy flows into India will be a section in the upcoming 2nd edition of CSIP’s report on Estimating Philanthropic Capital in India: Approaches and Challenges.


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      A Study on the Legal, Regulatory, and Grants-in-Aid Systems for India’s Voluntary Sector: The rapid growth of Indian philanthropy and emerging technologies heightens the need to ensure that our legal, regulatory and grants-in-aid systems keep pace. Published February 2020, this report aims to inform government action, drive discussions among sector experts, and strengthen narratives around the voluntary sector.


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          Regulatory Frameworks for India’s Voluntary Sector: Global and Cross-sectoral Review of Initiatives and Practices: An exploration of regulatory frameworks and practices examines ways to increase public confidence, rationalise the regulatory burden, and ensure autonomy and high standards of professionalism for India’s voluntary sector. Published February 2020, this report aims to trigger deeper conversations on ways to make Indian civil society the torchbearer of accountability standards.


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              State of the Support Ecosystem: This study maps the ecosystem of support for philanthropy and social impact in India, covering nonprofits and foundations across 29 states. Published in 2019, the support services covered in this research range from human resources, financial services, and data-driven insights to sector-wide ‘enabling’ inputs such as convening platforms for knowledge sharing, capacity building, monitoring, evaluation, and crowdfunding.


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                Advocacy, Rights and Civil Society: This report reviews the changing trends in the funding of the non-profit sector in India, particularly in the recent context of the Government of India’s heightened attention on inflows from international donors. It examines the impact of these trends on local civil society organisations and discusses significant areas of opportunities for Indian philanthropists to play a more enabling role in the non-profit sector.


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                    Estimating Philanthropic Capital in India: The study primarily assesses the volume, composition, and trends of ‘giving’ in India. Published in 2019, it includes a robust quantitative component that is based on extracting and analysing publicly available data on social sector capital flows from a range of sources. The study is the first rigorous attempt to collate exhaustive data from all sources and estimates the size of the philanthropy sector in India.



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                        #GivingTuesdayIndia 2018 Report: GivingTuesday launched its data dive project globally in 2018 and #GivingTuesdayIndia was one of the first to join the project. To understand and boost the momentum in Indian giving, the global #GivingTuesday team, GuideStar India, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP) at Ashoka University, and Sattva Research, collaborated to create data-driven insights on the nature and patterns of giving during #GivingTuesdayIndia 2018.



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