Philanthropy Law in India

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The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Council on Foundations hosted an instructive, engaging webinar that unpacked the legal framework for philanthropy in India. The conversation was led by Indian civil society expert Noshir Dadrawala and cross-border giving specialist, Jessie Krafft, moderated by Cathy Shea, ICNL's Vice President of Programs.

Mr. Dadrawala and Ms. Krafft discussed India’s laws and regulations impacting philanthropy. With new requirements outlined in the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, and the Goods and Services Tax Act, among others, the legal framework in India is rapidly evolving. Mr. Dadrawala and Ms. Krafft delved into these changes, presented how they fit into the larger context of giving in the country, and explored best practices for practitioners engaged or seeking to engage in philanthropy in India.


Noshir Dadrawala is the principal author of ICNL’s India Philanthropy Law Report. Recently, he collaborated with ICNL to publish five frequently asked question (FAQ) guides on philanthropy law in India. They cover some of the most significant legislation and regulations governing philanthropy in India, which will be discussed in the webinar:

  • The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act
  • The Income Tax
  • The Goods and Services Tax
  • The Lokpal and Lokayukta Act
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Jessie Krafft is the Vice President of Donor Advised and Grants Services at CAF America where she manages charity vetting, donor due diligence, and grantmaking ensuring compliance with US rules and regulations governing cross-border giving, as well as foreign nonprofit laws. Ms. Krafft is the author of Vetting International Charities (chapter 7) in Cross-Border Giving: A Legal and Practical Guide(Ted Hart and Kinga Ile eds., 2018 CharityChannel Press) and is certified in anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP).