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More philanthropists around, but donations tell a different story

Indian philanthropists donating ₹5 crore or more to charity reached a record 119 individuals in 2022-23, but their average donation size has halved from the pandemic-era peak.

Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL Technologies, emerged as the most generous philanthropist for the second straight year, donating ₹2,042 crore to charitable causes, up 76%.Premium
Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL Technologies, emerged as the most generous philanthropist for the second straight year, donating 2,042 crore to charitable causes, up 76%.

New Delhi: Indian philanthropists donating 5 crore or more to charity expanded to a record 119 individuals in 2022-23, but their average donation size has halved from the pandemic-era peak, according to the latest EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy list released on Thursday. In FY22, 108 individuals made it to the list.

The list has grown consistently over the past seven years, from just 27 entrants in 2016-17. But the average size of donations made by this set has not been consistent. The average donation was 86 crore in 2016-17, which rose to 107 crore and 140 crore in 2019-20 and 2020-21, respectively. In 2021-22, the figure fell to 52 crore and grew again to 71 crore in 2022-23.

The 119 topmost philanthropists collectively donated 8,445 crore in FY23, up from 5,623 crore those on the list the year before donated. Donations were gauged by the value of cash or cash equivalents pledged by those born and bred in India, regardless of their country of passport.

Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL Technologies, emerged as the most generous philanthropist for the second straight year, donating 2,042 crore to charitable causes, up 76%. He was followed by Wipro’s Azim Premji ( 1,774 crore). The list had 25 new entrants, led by K. Dinesh, one of the seven co-founders of Infosys, who donated 47 crore.

Mukesh Ambani, chairperson of Reliance Industries and Asia’s richest man, was third at 376 crore. Several other well-known industrialists, including Kumar Mangalam Birla, Gautam Adani, and Cyrus Poonawalla, were among the top donors on the list.

Wipro’s Azim Premji increased his contribution the most generously last fiscal, raising it by 1,290 crore since the year before. Nadar’s donations were higher by 881 crore.

Premji’s philanthropic contributions dropped sharply since FY21, when he made an exceptional donation of 7,807 crore to his two philanthropic trusts.

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Manjul Paul
Manjul Paul is a data journalist specializing in data-driven narratives. With a deep interest in analysis and research, she is passionate about transforming raw data into compelling stories. While she has covered various beats throughout her journalism career, her primary focus lies in investigating climate change issues.
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Published: 03 Nov 2023, 12:01 AM IST
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