India faces several critical challenges in its social and development sectors in the 21st century. In the country’s battle to overcome these challenges, there is growing recognition of the importance of professional management in social purpose organizations (SPOs) today.Over the past decade, the venture philanthropy (VP) movement has gained significant ground in the US and Europe. It has adapted tools and techniques from the venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) segments to invest in and build sustainable and scalable SPOs. The focus of venture philanthropists is on providing multi-year support to ensure organizational capacity-building in SPOs. High levels of management competence, an emphasis on strategic planning to achieve significant social change outcomes and concurrent measurement of the impact of every dollar spent constitute the hallmarks of the VP movement.In India, VP and allied organizations are making long-term strategic investments to build for-profit and non-profit innovative SPOs that can make a mass social impact. VPs place emphasis on social returns, although some such organizations also demand muted financial returns in addition to social returns. The former acknowledge that investment for social purposes and rofessional effectiveness are not in conflict with one another, but can exist and work in synergy.This paper presents the first primary assessment of the VP ecosystem in India. As part of this effort, we have determined the extent of VP activity in India and how other players in the country’s social sector are complementing the growth of this movement. We have also focused our efforts on analyzing the extent of differentiation VP and allied organizations have introduced in the management of SPOs. Therefore, our research was designed to critically appraise provision of financial and non-financial support from VP and allied organizations. In doingso, we explicitly delineate the challenges the movement faces in the country and initiate a dialogue on strategies to overcome these challenges.We hope this paper will help you understand the characteristics of VP models prevalent in India, and provide a foundation for Indian VP and allied organizations to further discuss and find workable solutions, and ensure that the current gaps in the country’s VP ecosystem are bridged.Download Full Report here.