Inspiring stories from Philanthropic & CSR World

by Team Conscious Carma


The most generous Indian

azim premji, a generous man

Wipro’s Azim Premji emerges as most generous Indian in FY20. India’s IT major Wipro’s Azim Premji made donations of Rs 22 crore a day or Rs 7,904 crore in a year to emerge as the most generous Indian in FY20 and top a list of philanthropy.

An Indian business tycoon, investor, engineer, philanthropist and founder of one of India’s finest companies, admired globally for its uncompromising ethics and best practices in business, Azim Hashim Premji is informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry.

For a man who makes donations of Rs 22 crores of his wealth every day to improve elementary education in the country, Azim Premji, has been an enigma.


A home away from home

Ravi kalra a person who makes donations

Earth Saviours Foundation (ESF), also called Gurukul is home to around 450 homeless people, including over 300 mentally-challenged persons.

Founded in 2008 by Ravi Kalra, 49, who was moved to see a beggar child scouring garbage along with street dogs on a busy Delhi road. With all the money he had, he started his foundation and, since then, has dedicated himself to improving the lives of abandoned senior citizens, physically and mentally disabled, victimised women, and people suffering from incurable diseases. “I feel all of them deserve to live with dignity,” he said. The Earth Saviours Foundation runs without any government support, doesn’t have enough beds for the 450 people who reside there, but always has its doors open for the homeless.

An astonishing fact, Kalra has come across beggars who are NRIs, retired army officers, IAS officers who were abandoned by their families in old age.


Passion to serve

farhan pettiwala a person who makes donations

All of 48, Farhan has a distinguished 27-year long career as a serial entrepreneur, a senior corporate executive with MNCs in India, Australia, UAE, Singapore and has been engaged in running forprofit and not-for-profit social organization.

His excellent relations, both in the government and with corporate leaders are testimony of the fact that he has been instrumental in raising donations of over Rs.50 crore every year for the wonderful work done by a little-known organization in the remote Mastichak village in Bihar, Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital
(AJEH), working towards eliminating curable blindness from poorer states like Bihar, and Eastern U.P. and empowering women through “Football to Eyeball” girl education and development program.

Now looking at getting back to the mainstream as a CEO using his experience in both sectors, Farhan has been recognized by The Honourable Prime Minister of India and The President of India as the emerging Business leader of the year. Farhan currently serves as an Honorary Advisor to the Prime Minister of India (PMO).


True giving always respects and preserves human dignity

anshu gupta smiling

Anshu Gupta, popularly known as the Clothing Man is the Founder of an Indian based nonprofit – Goonj. One of India’s leading social entrepreneurs, Anshu left a corporate job in 1998 and founded GOONJ with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects for the development sector. Anshu is creating a mass movement and raising donations for recycling and reuse of tonnes of waste material by channelising it from the cities to the villages, as a resource for rural development.

Anshu brings to the table an instinctive empathy and connects with people, moving the focus from the conventional – giver’s pride to the unconventional – receiver’s dignity. Asia’s Noble, the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award 2015, conferred to him credited him for ‘his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.

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