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Portrait of a Giving Community: Philanthropy by the Pakistani-American Diaspora (Studies in Global Equity)
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In addition to lucid graphs and analyses of underlying motivation for philanthropy, the book also provides a rare historical profile of the South Asian community in America, which can be traced back to 1790 when William Bentley recorded an unnamed "Man from Madras" on the streets of Salem, Massachusetts. The rapid influx of Pakistanis in the middle of twentieth century is, however, most consequential for current philanthropic trends. One of the key findings of the study is that 62% of the respondents reported that religious obligation was of "high or "very high" importance in their reason for charity. A slightly higher percentage gave motivational importance to "helping others in need" (79%) and "helping family and friends" (69%).
The report also has some sobering news for the Pakistani government. About half of the respondents stated clearly that their contribution would be higher if they had more trust in institutional support across Pakistan that assured them that their contributions were being put to good use.Read more ›