The Centre for Philanthropy for Inclusive Development (CPID) is a Centre of Excellence at ISDM. It is dedicated to catalysing philanthropy as a force for inclusive development through a combination of rigorous research, learning programs, knowledge exchanges and convening diverse voices.
To catalyse philanthropy as a force for inclusive development by influencing the mindsets and practices of funders, social purpose organisations and intermediaries to tackle the root causes of social and economic inequities, and empower marginalised communities.
Create and disseminate high-quality actionable knowledge on effective and inclusive philanthropy, to inform and shape philanthropic practices and approaches.
Lead the conversation on philanthropy for inclusive development to strengthen the community of changemakers for sustainable social change.
Impact philanthropic practices and approaches through convenings, events, workshops and learning modules with the evidence generated by the Centre.
Philanthropy has immense potential to test new ways of promoting equity, efficiency, and humaneness in social programs and bridging the gaps in development. With autonomy and access to resources, philanthropy can be viewed as society's risk capital that can be directed towards currently underfunded complex issues, geographies and for solving the fundamental social problems of underserved communities.
We are currently witnessing the emergence of several new models of philanthropy, social innovation and new practices of social purpose organisations for addressing complex social issues. This calls for the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and informing and updating practices of a new generation of leaders, practitioners and the academia to enable them to implement approaches to social problem solving in ways that promote justice and equality for all.
The centre will also seek to collaborate with influencers from each group, including development practitioners, intermediary organisations, wealth and family office advisers, impact investors, policymakers, global and local philanthropy networks, platforms and centres, and academia.
Philanthropy has long been considered as one of the enablers for creating an equitable and just society for all. The role of philanthropy has been to generate fresh ideas and test new ways of promoting equity, efficiency and humaneness in social programs. However, the extent of social justice is often not explored in existing models of philanthropy. Hence, CPID has launched a research fellowship aimed at studying the various facets of philanthropy for social justice.
In A New Era of Giving, a series of essays edited by ISDM-CPID, thought leaders from across the globe weigh in on the issues and challenges that need to be addressed to make a shift from a charitable model of philanthropy to one that puts social justice at its core. From basic ethical questions about giving, to worked examples and innovative finance solutions that have sparked real change, this collection is an important first step towards building a more equitable and inclusive society.
CPID’s working paper based on insights gathered from academic and practitioner literature, philanthropists, funders, and change-makers in India is published in the ISTR conference working paper series.
CPID’s Urvi Shriram, Ria Sinha and Mallika Luthra contributed a chapter to Management and Social Justice: Harnessing Management Theory and Practice for Collective Good edited by Simy Joy and Anita Howard.
In this episode of the series, Amit Chandra, Chairperson, Bain Capital India discusses how private philanthropy can be entrepreneurial, innovative, take risks and complement government efforts to achieve impact at scale.
Watch Urvi Shriram, Lead, ISDM-Centre for Philanthropy for Inclusive Development in this engaging panel discussion organised by Alliance Magazine on what ‘decolonising philanthropy’ means and examining the wider assumptions on the dynamics of ‘giving’ between a dominant social group and the rest of society.
As part of our effort to build perspectives and knowledge on philanthropic practices and strategies, ISDM-CPID organised an in-person discussion on the Implications of the shifts in the philanthropy ecosystem on social justice to understand how funders and social purpose organisations can effectively work together and meaningfully engage with communities for sustainable social change.
The first quarterly meeting with the first cohort of the ISDM-CPID Research Fellows, 2022-23 was held at the ISDM campus on October 17th-18th, 2022. The two-day event was marked by new learnings and interactions with the five research fellows who made detailed presentations about their research fellowship, followed by an interactive workshop facilitated by Dr Latha Poonamallee, and Ria Sinha.
ISDM-CPID’s Urvi Shriram and Shubhi Sharma in this blog for AVPN discuss how philanthropy’s ultimate role is to inform policy and system reform that bring change at scale, and help the government implement strategies and processes to uplift the bottom half of the segment.
In this episode of the series, Puja Marwaha, CEO CRY discusses the key pillars of rights-based and justice-oriented giving, and the challenges faced by philanthropists in tackling deep-rooted social injustices.
Read this piece by Urvi Shriram (Lead, ISDM CPID) and Dr Shonali Banerjee (Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Judge Business School) on Decolonising Philanthropy and embedded power structures in the act of giving in a special feature by the Alliance magazine guest edited by the two authors.
In this episode of the series, we discuss how philanthropy can empower the communities it supports for sustainable social change.
In this episode of the series, we discuss the challenges related to fundraising in the social sector as well as how to take a social justice lens in philanthropic interventions.
Urvi Shriram, Lead, ISDM-Centre for Philanthropy for Inclusive Development, writes for AVPN blogs and shares her views on why it is critical to have a deliberate and sustained focus on embedding social justice and equality in giving for transformational change.
Urvi Shriram, Lead, ISDM-CPID and Dr. Ria Sinha, Research Lead, ISDM-CPID presented the paper ‘From Charity to Social Justice-Insights on Rethinking and Reshaping Philanthropy in India’ in the session ‘Attitudes about philanthropy and its role: Strategies and roles’ of the 15th ISTR Conference (International Society for Third sector Research) 12-15th July, 2022.
Dr Ria Sinha, Lead, ISDM-CPID recently made a presentation at the 82nd Academy of Management Meeting, Seattle for a session on ‘ Managing for Social Justice: Harnessing Management Theory and Practice for Collective Good’.
In this episode, Rati Forbes, Director, Forbes Marshall and Head of the Forbes Marshall Foundation, and Urvi Shriram, Lead-ISDM Centre for Philanthropy for Inclusive Development discuss the essential difference between charity and philanthropy and how philanthropists can add greater value to the social purpose organisations that they associate with.
Urvi Shriram (Lead, CPID) and Dr. Samar Verma (Program Officer at Ford Foundation for Technology and Society, Future of Workers, and Philanthropy) share their views on approaching philanthropy through the frame of social justice giving, based on data and knowledge.
The CPID was launched at ISDM’s annual Development Management Week in January 2021.
Keynote speech by Mr. Sunil Munjal, Chairman, Hero Enterprise, on “how Philanthropy helps nations mitigate complex social problems” at Development Management Week, ‘Target 2030: What Matters.
A panel conversation with Radhika Bharat Ram, Deepti Bopaiah, Soumitra Pandey and Gautam John to understand the role of philanthropy in filling the funding gap in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and how philanthropy can empower underserved communities and aid the frontline initiatives.
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