India Philanthropy Alliance to advance humanitarian goals


WASHINGTON: Eleven organizations announced the formation of a new India Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) to further advance humanitarian and development goals in India through increased collaboration on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,

They did so at the Indiaspora Philanthropy Summit held on the first day of “ChaloGive”, a week celebrating the Indian diaspora’s philanthropy.

The organizations that comprise the new Alliance are the Akanksha Fund, American India Foundation (AIF), Arogya World, CRY America, Dasra, Ekal USA, Foundation for Excellence (FFE), Indiaspora, Magic Bus USA, Pratham USA, and VisionSpring

These organizations collectively raise $125 million annually in philanthropic donations, including more than $50 million in the US. Their most generous donors are Indian-American entrepreneurs and professionals as well as companies doing business in both the US and India.

Together, these 11 organizations have cumulatively impacted more than 67 million people with their evidence-based programs spanning education, health care, livelihood support, and other essential services.  The pre-launch activities of the Alliance began two years ago and were generously supported by Indiaspora.

To help India meet its UN Sustainable Development Goal commitments, the organizations that are part of the Alliance will work more closely together in their constituency-building efforts in the US and in their work in India. 

“We’re excited about this effort to join forces today as a new alliance committed to the ideal of making a collective impact. Working together, using our combined philanthropic reach and innovative ideas, we can help India in far greater ways than each of us could accomplish working on our own,” said Deepak Raj, a New Jersey-based entrepreneur and investor. 

Raj is the chairman of the Alliance, and also the chairman of Pratham USA, a leading education-focused nonprofit in India

Minoo Gupta, vice-chair of the Alliance and the president of FFE, which has supported 20,000 low-income Indian scholars to pursue higher education, said:  “The opportunities for transformation are vast.”

Nishant Pandey, another vice-chair of the Alliance and CEO of AIF, said that AIF was “pleased to respond in a pragmatic and visionary way to our friends and supporters by being a founding member of the Alliance”.

The India Philanthropy Alliance’s mission is to enhance collaboration among organizations working to advance the development agenda in India.

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