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...In a country where over 35% of the population lacks access to a private toilet, and which has a higher global share of maternal and newborn deaths than any other country in the world, the need for the private sector and individuals to supplement the government’s effort in accelerating India’s development is more pronounced than ever before. The good news is that Indian philanthropy has matured significantly over the years. According to the India Philanthropy Report 2017, private donations made up 32% of total contributions to the development sector in India in 2016, up from a mere 15% in 2011. ...Live Mint on Oct. 5, 2017, 1:34 a.m.
...When it comes to how they began their giving journeys, many individuals spoke about growing up in middle-class homes and having a parent or older sibling who would put aside money each month to help those who were less fortunate. Others talked about learning giving from their own children, who openly questioned the need for excess money. A few mentioned that they were mere trustees of wealth, and they had an obligation to plough the resources back into society. Some even referenced scriptures and their religious duty to give back. While the reasons to give were extremely personal and varied among this group, they all began their philanthropic journey with humility and commitment. This compulsion to give back is reflected well in this statement made by T.V. ...Live Mint on Oct. 5, 2016, 3:37 a.m.