• Why some of the top recipients, which are based outside of India, are showing up on the top recipients list?

    The recipient list is based on a ‘geo-area served’ methodology. Meaning, as long as the recipients, irrespective of where they are based, carry out programs in India, they are considered as Indian recipients. Therefore, some international recipients, which are based outside of India, are also present on the top recipient list because of the size of the endowments they have received.

  • Why some of the rupee amounts do not correspond to their dollar amounts?

    The rupee amounts are derived from non-rounded-up actual dollar amounts and then rounded up for ease of viewing. The dollar amounts are also rounded up in a similar process. Therefore, some of the amounts in both currencies might not always match and show a small deviation.

  • What is the exchange rate that has been used between USD and INR?

    The exchange rate used for the dashboard is 1 USD = 74.1549 INR.

  • Should the data be used for trend analysis?

    No, the data on the portal should not be used for any trend analysis. The data on the portal is based on data availability, which varies from year to year. Therefore, some years' data may vary by a large degree from the others and would not render the best results for trend analysis.

  • Why no data is available after 2018 on the dashboard?

    We are continuously processing for the portal and currently in the middle of processing the latest available data. This includes data from 2018 and 2019. Once we finish our process, we will add them to the portal's dashboard.

    However, because we follow a different process for the Funding Map, some data from 2019 and later is already available on it.

  • Why the summation of dollar amounts of all subject areas and the total funding are different?

    Figures identifying funding related to a specific subject reflect the full value of the relevant grant. For example, a grant providing support to reduce economic hardship through vocational education would be counted in totals for education and economic development. As a result, a tally of funding across the subject areas will exceed the overall total funding figure. 

  • What are the sources of data for the Philanthropy in India platform?

    The Philanthropy in India platform is powered by Candid’s database, which comprises data from a wide variety of sources. Data from these disparate sources are cleaned, harmonized, and then coded according to our Philanthropy Classification System (PCS) so that they are easy to use. 

    As part of this project, we added two additional sources of data to our database: 

    • Data on foreign funding to Indian organizations reported to the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, as required by the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) 
    • Data on corporate contributions reported to the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs 
  • How frequently is the data updated?

    Data on the Philanthropy in India platform is updated on a weekly basis as new information becomes available. The frequency of updates for specific data sources varies, however. 

    Data directly reported by funders to Candid will be added as it is received. If you are a funder and would like to see your data reflected in the platform, please contact india@candid.org. Learn more about sharing grants data with Candid. 

    Information from the following sources will be updated once a year: 

    • Indian Ministry of Home Affairs data on foreign funding to Indian organizations  
    • Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs data on corporate contributions  
    • OECD’s Development Assistance Committee data on bilateral and multilateral aid funding 
  • How complete is the information on the platform?

    Due to the lack of reliable information on philanthropy in and to India, it is not possible to definitively state how comprehensive the data on the platform is. 

     The most comprehensive information available is data on funding from bilateral and multilateral aid donors as well as from U.S.-based private foundations, which are required to report on their funding. Data on both these sources of funding should be considered complete. 

     All data reported by corporations to the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs has been included, except in cases where we determined that the data is unreliable. 

     Due to the challenges of processing data on foreign contributions from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, we have only included data for Indian organizations reporting at least 10 million rupees in foreign funding. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs requires organizations to report on both individual and institutional funding. All individual funding has been included, but it is anonymized to protect donors’ privacy and comply with data protection regulations. To minimize double counting, we have excluded the following data from the institutional funding figures: 

    • Funding from U.S.-based funders that is highly likely to have come from other sources 
    • Funding from India-based funders that is likely to have served as channels for funding from another source 
    • Funding from bilateral and multilateral aid donors that are captured by the data reported to the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee. This data is captured in the bi/multilateral funding set. As with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, we have excluded any data that we have determined to be unreliable or too incomplete to include in our databases.