Leading Indian philanthropists have come together to launch a network to encourage more and better family giving to help accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GivingPi - an invitation-only network for families giving at least US$64,000 annually - is looking to foster peer learning and engagement, support innovative investments, and catalyse funding to sharpen the impact of Indian family philanthropy.
It plans to do this through masterclasses, convenings, networking sessions and a digital magazine, to inform and inspire givers, and create trusted connections with NGOs and other nonprofit actors. Members can be based either in India or abroad, but only those committed to supporting causes in India are eligible to join.
The network, which is being incubated as an independent initiative by Dasra, an India-based nonprofit social change accelerator, has also received seed funding from Ashish and Manisha Dhawan, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Skoll Foundation.
“The pandemic has signified the need for the reinvention of Indian philanthropy, focused on flexible and quick funding through creative approaches,” explained Indian philanthropist Rohini Nilekani, a GivingPi Founders Circle member.
The other Founders Circle members are: Nisaba Godrej, of Godrej Consumer Products; Nikhil Kamath, co-founder of Zerodha and True Beacon, tech entrepreneur Rajan Navani, US-based philanthropist Sunny (Gurpreet) Singh, and Tara Singh Vachani, of Max India Foundation.