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In last couple of months we read several outstanding articles on emerging trends on Philanthropy, annual letter by Gates being the best one by far. There can be no second view on donation made by Warren Buffet to Gates Foundation being the best investment decision done by Warren Buffet in his entire investment career. We can safely assume that Warren Buffet might have derived same amount of joy from social returns on his donations in comparison to financial returns on his big deal corporate investments.
There has been ever increasing donations made by people in individual capacity from their own wealth. This trend is across the world and more so in developed world where people have started realizing that wealth earned by individuals ultimately belong to larger society. There has been huge lime light on tens of high net worth individuals across the world due to their commitments for social causes running into several billion dollars. Interestingly there are also some trends where common people are donating right from their initial days of earning money. Some start contributing to society even before they start earning any money through their works benefiting larger society. Looking at the current trends there have to be some principles of giving back to the society. With my experience of working in development sector, I propose following approaches to be considered by individuals for giving back to society

• Start early: Don’t wait for big fortunes before considering giving back to society. There are several ways to contribute other than money. Start voluntary work early in the life, that will help create more humane society than we are today. Gandhi emphasized on importance of labour work; be it for cleanliness, conserving nature or helping people suffering from illness. If you are someone who is really fortunate to earn something more than meeting your regular expenses then without losing precious time consider giving back to society. Like in case of financial investments, time is really precious when it comes to development of societies. It has same compounding effect as in case of financial investments. For example if a child is brought out of malnutrition in his early childhood days then the child may go on to become a highly productive citizen of the society. In normal cases it takes at least couple of generations to bring extremely poor households completely and sustainably out of poverty. If we are really interested in seeing poverty free world then we need to start giving back as soon as we are able to. Typically a middle class family has three concerns when they are in early earning stage; house for self, education of kids and care for ageing parents. I propose that there has to be a forth compulsory concern for all of us and that must be giving back to society for poverty free world.

• Faith in genuine non-profit start-ups: I have seen several young people giving up lucrative career options and decided to pursue something which can create more value to society. There are also several young people who might not be as qualified or sophisticated as above lot but are equally effective in development work due to their proximity to poor communities and more contextual work. Unfortunately majority of these people are struggling to get donations if they are located remote and focus more on the cause than going through time consuming fund raising activities which are mostly superfluous. They are too small for big foundations for investments. These youths must be shown faith by individual philanthropists. In majority of the cases these youths don’t need more than one or two million rupees ($15 to $30 K) per annum. If ten or twenty likeminded professionals who are earning decent income decide to help at least one such youth then we can see thousands of very effective development organizations who can offer very solid contextual solutions to pressing problems of the poor communities.

• Don’t fall in the trap of pitching industry: I have seen some donors now asking development agencies to pitch their ideas of poverty elimination within two/three minutes like many mainstream business idea competitions. Poverty is very complex phenomenon, pitching ideas around poverty elimination in two minutes is senseless commercialization of development works. Just remember that people working on grass roots may not know the basics of business industry hence don’t try and fit them into business logics. Just look at their passion to work with poor communities, if you see the agency is genuine and has long term commitment then go ahead and invest. Remember genuine agencies hardly have time to prepare fancy presentations or movies to influence donors; they are into their passion of working with communities.

• Avoid Middlemen: With increased philanthropy, several individuals and agencies have come up to identify suitable agencies for giving resources on behalf of donors. Sometimes these agencies charge their margin for doing this work. Unfortunately majority of these people or agencies have themselves never worked at grass roots hence lacks first hand knowhow of development activities which takes place on the ground. In absence of solid understanding of grass roots and agencies working at grass roots, these agencies generally depend on paper evidences like audited accounts or list of board of directors. As far as possible avoid using these agencies unless run by experienced development workers. In short believe more on experienced development workers for identifying suitable development agencies than those who see this as another business opportunity.

• Money is scarce, invest in poorest communities: It is very important to identify beneficiaries of your donation. Look for the poorest regions in the country. In today’s world there is high level of inequality within states, districts within a particular state and even blocks within a particular district. It is of critical importance to divert maximum development resources towards extremely poor communities living in remote geographies. Once you finalize the geography or particular community, look for agencies working in these locations. Several times donors are looking for geographies which are near to their work locations which may not be correct strategy if poverty elimination or empowering poorest is the sole purpose of philanthropy. This type of strategy where donor is looking for comfort of geography has already led to very little resources for most needy societies.

• Avoid expecting quick results: Poverty is a very complex phenomenon hence requires long term actions at the ground to tackle it. Sometimes it takes five, ten or even twenty years of efforts to empower the most marginalized societies so that they can start the process of coming out of extreme poverty. If you are confident that the agency you are investing in continues to work genuinely and has a mind-set of achieving intended results then don’t hesitate in continuing your donations in such an agency. Don’t worry, it is same as investing in business; till the fundamentals are sound the returns will be high in long term. The primary job of development agencies is to devote time and efforts directly at grass roots and, not diverting it to collecting data and writing reports. Too much pressure on development agencies working on grass roots to give quick results may lead to diversion of efforts to secondary and less important works.

Naveen Patidar

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