Women and Philanthropy

Topics: Philanthropy, Woman, Charitable organization, Gender, India, Organization / Pages: 53 (13062 words) / Published: Jan 27th, 2012
A study on woman and philanthropy In India

for
South Asian Women 's Fund

by
Murray Culshaw Consulting
June 2006

What is philanthropy?

Philanthropy is the voluntary act of donating money or goods or providing some other support to a charitable cause usually over an extended period of time. In a more fundamental sense, philanthropy may encompass any activity which is intended to enhance the common good or improve human well being. Someone who is well known for practicing philanthropy may sometimes be called a philanthropist. Although such individuals are often very wealthy, people may nevertheless perform philanthropic acts without possessing great wealth.

By the conventional definition of philanthropy, only a wealthy person can be a philanthropist. But in a broader sense it can also mean love of humankind in general and something, such as an activity or institution, intended to promote human welfare. Many non-wealthy individuals have dedicated – thus, donated – their lives to charitable causes but are not described as philanthropists. Whether the donation of time or money, the end result should be the betterment of human beings and of mankind. This is the true philosophy of the philanthropist.

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Philanthropic Milestones

|Ancient India (Vedic periods) |Hindu and Buddhist tenets of giving influence and encourage informal |
| |philanthropy among women. Women of wealth i.e. queens and wives of |
| |wealthy merchants gave wealth and property to monastic orders, temples |
| |and built tanks and wells for public use. Other women gave food and |
| |clothing to



References: 3. Davidson Elsa M, Women 's philanthropy in the United States : Trends and developments February 12, 1997; Canadian Fund Raiser

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