September 1, 2015

Impact India 2015: Giving Back to India

The rise of India’s reputation as a center of technology innovation has in recent years been matched by the country’s growing reputation as a hub of social innovation, and now Indians living abroad are rising as a force for philanthropy in their country of origin. In light of this, The Bridgespan Group, Dasra, and Stanford Social Innovation Review have joined forces to create and publish Impact India, a magazine for philanthropists and social innovators targeting India. Please also visit our 2017 edition, which focused on how Indian organizations are finding innovative ways to scale their impact. 


Giving Back to India 

Giving Back to India

Indian Americans are donating more than ever before to support broad-based social change aimed at reducing India’s inequities. The potential for impact is great, but so are the challenges.  


Philanthropy's New Frontier: Impact Investing


Philanthropy's New Frontier: Impact Investing

Philanthropists should become more active impact investors, focusing on building sustainable social enterprises often overlooked by private investors who seek market-rate returns.


Q&A with Desh Deshpande


Q&A with Desh Deshpande

Serial technology entrepreneur Desh Deshpande is taking innovation techniques created at MIT and using them to solve social problems in India.



Partnering with Women at the Grassroots Level

Initiatives to develop the economic potential of women are becoming a staple of corporate activity.


Troubled Water

One of India’s largest, and most intractable, challenges is providing clean water to all of its 1.2 billion citizens.


Lessons for Creating Better Global Health Programs

Efforts to bring promising health care interventions to resource-constrained regions of the world often falter because entrepreneurs underestimate the array of obstacles that loom in their path.


By the Numbers

Indian Philanthropy: By the Numbers

Indians are giving more time and more money to charitable causes in India.


Case Study

Magic Bus

Magic Bus is helping change the lives of Indian children living in poverty through a highly-scalable activity-based learning program.


Akshaya Patra

Technical ingenuity and private funding enable Akshaya Patra to serve hot, healthy lunches to 1.4 million Indian children every day.



Q&A with Ram Shriram

Silicon Valley insider Ram Shriram is focusing a great deal of time, money, and energy on helping innovative NGOs improve K–12 education in India.


Spotlight on Girls

Meeting the Challenge of Educating Girls

Educate Girls is helping more than one million Indian schoolchildren.


Empowering India's Girls

Sometimes collaboration is the most direct route to impact.


Improving Sanitation for Adolescent Girls

The lack of toilets in India has a disproportionate impact on adolescent girls.



Do It the Hard Way

To ensure that its clean-water initiatives will stick and grow, Splash works with local partners that will take over when it moves on.


Outsized Outcomes

With a sustainable program structure, skilled advocacy, and targeted technical assistance, Evidence Action helped pull off the world’s largest one-day deworming event.


Scaling Up Impact

An effort to improve sanitation in developing countries yields lessons in how to achieve enduring, broad-based social impact.