A philanthropist is a term related to a person who is capable of helping the needy, by the available resources they have, especially money. Philanthropists help needy people to create a better world and so to say, improve the economy of a country. The constant effort to promote human welfare makes a person an actual philanthropist.
India is a country that has umpteen slums in every city. People living in such slums are so poor and needy that our industrialists and rich-heads come forward to help them during their hard times. In the recent Covid-19 pandemic times, these philanthropists donated as much as they could. Here is a list of top philanthropists of India:
Company - Wipro
Mr. Azim Premji is one of the most respected Indian Business tycoons, and also a big philanthropist as he’s been donating his time, money, and experience to the people who are in the utmost need.
Recently he has donated most of his wealth among all other philanthropists so that they can pass on the resources to the right place at the right time. He has a trust named Azim Premji Foundation where they give grants to the non-profit organizations that work for the most vulnerable people in our society, by providing them the essential services required to carry out a healthy life.
Company - HCL Technologies Limited
Shiv Nadar, the founder of a multi-billion company donates a huge amount of his earnings through his foundation named after him, Shiv Nadar Foundation. The focus of the foundation is empowering individuals through education to bridge the socio-economic divide.
He believes that every person should be well educated and thus has an aim to establish institutions and schools in the underdeveloped and rural areas of our country. Some of his famous institutions are the SSN Institution, VidyaGyan & Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.
Company - Reliance Industries
Mukesh Ambani, one of the richest people in the world is also a big philanthropist who founded the Reliance Foundation, a non-profit organization in 2010. This Foundation‘s objective is to promote sustainable growth in India.
The Reliance Foundation is run by Mrs. Nita Ambani who has a focus on rural transformation, health, education, sports for development. Every year the foundation donates an amount of approximately INR 458 crores to such programs and NGOs.
Kumar Mangalam Birla
Company - Aditya Birla
The chairman of Aditya Birla Group, Kumar Mangalam Birla donated a huge amount of his profits to the PM CARES FUND and has also been actively helping people during these Covid-19 pandemic times to the needful.
His focus is on the poor who don’t have enough financial resources to pay their hospital bills and get proper treatment. He frequently visits the Aditya Birla Memorial hospital to check up on the welfare and services of the hospital.
Company - Vedanta
Anil Agarwal founded the Vedanta foundation on 15th September 1992, to help in creating more employment for sustainable development. Vedanta foundation aims to achieve development through programs in the form of initiatives with a broad focus mainly on education, nutrition, and livelihood.
Their main objective is to focus on the school children, to provide them with proper nutrition, training, and knowledge about the digital world which helps them to grow and grab better job opportunities.
Company - Piramal Group
Ajay Piramal who owns a business of 460 crores is a well-known philanthropist and also believes in donating for the good. He started his philanthropic career in 2006 by forming a group named as Piramal Foundation. His main objective was healthcare as being into a pharmaceutical company he realized the need for a better healthcare system in India.
Presently the foundation works in four areas that are: Healthcare, Education, Better Livelihood, and Youth empowerment. Ajay donates around INR 200 crores every year toward the needful population of India.
Company - Infosys
Nandan Nilekani is the co-founder of Infosys. In 1978 he started his career at Infosys and now he is one of India’s biggest entrepreneurs along with a big philanthropist. He and his wife started donating small amounts of their income to the poor people and in 2017 both of them decided to donate 50% of their wealth to an NPO which is operated by Bill Gates Foundation.
Company - Hinduja Group
Following the legacy left by his father, Shrichand Hinduja is one of the leading businessmen and a big philanthropist of India. Hinduja Foundation was founded in 1970 with the objective of ending poverty in the country.
The foundation has done various initiatives to identify and enhance the efficiency of water usage in rural areas. They also focus on the healthcare facilities available to the remote areas and help in the sustainable development of small villages and towns.
Company - Adani Group
Gautam Adani is a true entrepreneur in every sense. He has businesses in almost every sector. He believes a lot in helping and is always donating finances through Adani Foundation to the needful.
Adani Foundation is based on the Gandhian Philosophy of Trusteeship. The main motive is to facilitate quality education, enabling youth with skills and promoting society by infrastructural development. He also donated an amount of INR 88 Crores during the Covid-19 period to PM Cares Fund.
Company - Torrent
Sudhir Mehta is a well-known philanthropist of India, owning the torrent group which deals in the gas and power business. He donates a lot towards the Gujrati community and Jain people. Sudhir helps the people by giving the poor children a proper source of education and healthy meals to eat. He dreams of achieving a 100% literacy rate in India.
The nation requires such philanthropists who give their best efforts to make the country a better place to live. Such people who are capable to help others should be appreciated as they are the people how can transform India by filling the gaps that others cannot.
Who is the greatest philanthropist in India?
Jamsetji Tata is considered as the greatest philanthropist in India as he has donated around $102.4 billion.
Who is a philanthropist?
A philanthropist is a person who donates his/her time, money, experience, skills to help create a better world.
What is an example of philanthropy?
An example of philanthropy would be giving money to charity or volunteering.
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