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Philanthropy in India: Promise to Practice

Meenaz Kassam (Author) Femida Handy (Author) Emily Jansons (Author)

Philanthropy has a very long tradition in India. All practicing religions embody the idea of philanthropy and the concept of daan works across religions and cultures. This book provides unique sociological and empirical perspectives, contrasting what is happening in India vis-á-vis other countries. It documents various government policies that have influenced philanthropy and identifies successful strategies practiced by the general population as well as organizations.

With the help of case studies, narratives and interviews of philanthropists, the book examines the various forms—formal and informal, religious and secular, charitable trusts and foundations, NGOs and corporates, diaspora giving as well as social media platforms—that are shaping philanthropy.

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About the authors

Meenaz Kassam

Meenaz Kassam is Assistant Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and American University of Sharjah. She is also Director, Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development, Hamilton, Canada. Dr. Kassam has published articles in various journals such as Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Social Development Issues, Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies and The Canadian Journal of Sociology. She has authored Immigrants from Pakistan: A Cultural Profile (1998), part of a series commissioned by the Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship, Government of Canada.

Femida Handy

Femida Handy is Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, and at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. She was awarded the ARNOVA and Sage Publishers' Award for Outstanding Article in 1996 for her article that appeared in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly as well as the award by ARNOVA for the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation written in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Journal of Comparative Economic, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics and the Journal of Community Practice. She has also co-authored (with R.A. Cnaan, S.C. Boddie, G. Yarcey and R. Schneider), The Invisible Caring Hand: Congregations and the Provisions of Welfare (2002).

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Title Philanthropy in India: Promise to Practice
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.06.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789351507529
length 252p.,