Recent data released by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs shows that by the third quarter of 2020, China had an official total of 888,517 social organizations, further subdivided into 372,868 social groups, 503,391 social service organizations and 8258 foundations. While most of the social organizations have registered with the departments of civil affairs at the provincial level or below, there are 1981 social groups, 99 social service organizations and 215 foundations that are registered directly with the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Hurun India and EdelGive released the seventh edition of EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2020. Azim Premji & family, the Founder-Chairman of Wipro topped the 2020 list, while Shiv Nadar, Founder-Chairman of HCL Technologies, ranked second; followed by richest Indian Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries at the third spot. The fourth spot was earned by Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group followed by Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Group at the 5th spot. The 2020 EdelGive Hurun Philanthropy List showcases 112 people, up 12 percent against the 2019 edition. Mumbai topped the preferred city of residence for top philanthropists with 36 names from the city being a part of this edition. Delhi and Bengaluru followed as second and third cities respectively. Education remained the biggest cause supported by the donors in India but — mirroring Hurun’s Global Philanthropy List. Healthcare and water conversation witnessed a spike in donations compared to last year.

“Reports of this nature are rare, but give us deep insight into the philanthropic sector and the patterns of giving that are ever-evolving,’ said Vidya Shah, Chairperson and CEO, EdelGive Foundation. “This year, we looked at methodology very closely, ensuring the process was transparent. We invited leaders of a diverse group to participate and I am certain the EdelGive Hurun Philanthropy List will inspire a lot of new philanthropists towards strategic giving.”

There are many famous footballers whose philanthropy impacts the world. Lionel Messi is an Argentine footballer who plays forward and captains La Liga club, Barcelona and the Argentinian national team. In response to COVID-19, Messi has made a wide variety of contributions through his organization, The Leo Messi Foundation. He began his foundation in 2007. Its mission focuses on helping kids and teenagers using health, education and sports initiatives. Messi has donated €1 million, split between Hospital Clinic in Catalunya and a health center in Argentina. Additionally, he gave €200,000 to UNICEF projects in Kenya. As a result, more than 2,000 citizens gained access to clean water.

Mohammed Salah is a winger for the English Premier League club, Liverpool and the Egyptian national team. Salah has donated thousands of tons of food and fresh meat to his hometown in Egypt, to help families who have been impacted by COVID-19. Also, Salah donated to the Bassioun General Hospital. Moreover, he (along with his father) gave land to establish a sewage treatment plant in his hometown. With this effort, he hopes to provide a stable source of clean water to the region. Furthermore, Salah has been selected as the first ambassador for the U.N. Instant Network Schools, which connects refugees and host countries’ students with online education opportunities.

Sadio Mane is a forward for the English Premier League club, Liverpool. Mane is funding the construction of a hospital for the village of Bambali, Senegal, where he was born. He took inspiration to do so after losing his father to a stomach illness, with no hospital in the village available to help him. Considering Senegal’s inhabitants, 33 percent are below the poverty line and Mane’s contributions to schools, hospitals and mosques in his home village are helping improve the quality of life for individuals living there.

Mesut Ozil is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder for the English Premier League club, Arsenal. It is reported that he has paid for more than 1,000 operations for children across the world, food for 100,000 refugees in Turkey and Syria and is an ambassador for the children’s charity — Rays of Sunshine, in England.

Jermain Defoe is currently a striker for the Scottish Premiership club, Rangers and a former Toronto FC star. He created the Jermain Defoe Foundation in 2013 to support at-risk youth in his family’s hometown, Caribbean, St. Lucia. His foundation’s mission is to help kids who are vulnerable and in need in the U.K., the Caribbean Islands and Northern Island. His grandparents grew up in St. Lucia and his foundation has worked on several projects in St. Lucia. The foundation’s work includes the refurbishment of the Soufriere Primary School after a hurricane, donation of shoes to the Daigen School and the financial backing of The Rainbow Children’s Home.

(Source: The Borgen Project)

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