The joy of giving may be over now, but these business leaders will continue their philanthropic efforts all year around.
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman, 5F World I Lighthouse Communities Foundation & Uma Ganesh
“We first started doing serious philanthropy at Zensar Foundation and by 2014, I decided this had to be my life's work. A cause close to our hearts is sustainable livelihoods leading to "sampoorna" communities. Our daughter, too, fully supported us. It helps that my daughter has not taken a dollar from us from the age of 16 as she went on to do her MD PhD in Cambridge and then Harvard and now has her own lab at Sloan Kettering. To me, wealth is just a way of giving back.”
Meera Shenoy, Founder-CEO, Youth4Jobs & Not Just Art
“I have been reflecting on this for some time. How can one sleep at night knowing that 62 people in the world have more wealth than 3.4 billion? My ‘aha’ moment came when I spoke to one of our alumni, Harsh, who came to us having lost his job because of an accident injury. We placed Harsh in a gaming company and a year later, he told me he had so much money that he now helps children who have no money for books, slates and so on. My focus is on education and employment of youth with disabilities. To me, wealth should not be equated just with money. We should think, for example, of time as capital which we can give to others.”
Parag Agarwal, ex-Global CFO Health, Reckitt Benckiser & wife Deepshikha Agarwal
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The Olympic bronze medalist made news when she received threats from Maoist groups after she donated Rs 6 lakh — Rs 50,000 each — to the families of the 12 Central Reserve Police Force jawans killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh in March. She decided to make the contribution on her 27th birthday. The badminton star has, in the past, made sizeable donations for various causes, earning her a number 18 spot in a 2016 list of ‘Most charitable athletes’.
Cause and effect: Nehwal said that she was pained by what happened to the jawans and this was a small contribution to the families who have “suffered irreparable loss”.