Knowledge Letter - March 2021 - Paying What It Takes to Build Resilient NGOs in India

Four recommendations to set funders and NGOs on a new path
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March 30, 2021
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Strategies for Social Impact

Building Strong, Resilient NGOs in India: Time for New Funding Practices

By Pritha Venkatachalam, Donald Yeh, Shashank Rastogi, Anushka Siddiqui, Umang Manchanda, Kanika Gupta,
and Roger Thompson

Our latest research concludes that Indian philanthropy broadly underfunds NGOs’ true costs, rendering the sector perpetually subscale. This report shares improved funding practices to help create strong NGOs in India.
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