Getting Started with Grantmaking in India

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Getting Started is a new members-only resource within Country Notes. To help connect you with others working in India, we have identified:

You may also want to reference our Global Grantmaking Resources to understand the basics of global grantmaking or learn more about specific regulatory or compliance issues.

This resource page is regularly updated. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Natalie Ross.

Philanthropy Networks in India

CAF India

CAF India

Provide strategic and management support to corporates, individuals, and NGOs with the aim of ensuring greater impact of their philanthropic and CSR investments.

Ms. Meenakshi Batra, Chief Executive Officer

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India’s first academic centre focused on enabling strategic and robust philanthropy for social impact. Ashoka works across three verticals: research, convening, and leadership. 

Himakshi Pilani, Programs Manager

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Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace

A network for social change, its purpose to support the development and adoption of new ideas. PSJP works to connect and strengthen institutions, groups, and individuals who are doing this work on the ground.

Chandrika Sahai, Network Coordinator

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A unique funders’ network based in Singapore committed to building a vibrant and high-impact social investment community across Asia.

Kevin Teo, COO


Legal Contact

Noshir H. Dadrawala

Key U.S. Foundations with Local Offices

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Capital Court 
5th Floor 
Olof Palme Marg 
Munirka, Delhi 
Phone: (91-11) 4713-8800 

Oak Foundation 
Oak Philanthropy Ltd.
(India liaison office) 1st Floor
12, Haralal Das Street

Aga Khan Foundation (India)
Sarojini House, 2nd floor
6, Bhagwan Dass Road
New Delhi 110001 India
Phone: (11) 47399700

MacArthur Foundation
India Habitat Centre
Zone VA, First Floor
Lodhi Road
New Delhi India 110 003
Phone: (91-11) 2464-4006

The Asia Foundation
114 Jor Bagh (First Floor)
New Delhi, India 110003
Phone: (91-11) 4736-3100

National Regulations to Note

The Foreign Contributions Regulations Act (FCRA) is an important regulation for US Foundations working in India to consider and understand. For more Information on FCRA, see: 

Local Community Foundations in India


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Getting Started is a members-only resource within Country Notes. To help connect you with others working in India, we have identified: local nonprofit and philanthropic networks; key local legal contacts; U.S. foundations with local offices; national regulations to note; and local community foundations.

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