AIF Announces Gala Chairs for Upcoming New England Gala on March 28, 2020

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Meena and Sundar Subramanyam

BOSTON–The American India Foundation’s New England chapter announced that philanthropic couples Tasneem Chipty and Aleks Franz and Meena and Sundar Subramanyam, will co-chair AIF annual gala on March 28 in Boston.

“Each of these Gala Chairs has demonstrated a lifetime of generosity and dedication to social causes; their commitment, along with many others from the U.S. and India, will make for a truly memorable evening,” AIF said in a statement.

Tasneem Chipty and Aleks Franz

“AIF perfectly aligns with our vision for a secular charitable organization that provides educational, health and economic opportunities for the deserving and underprivileged in India by combining exceptional teamwork with a highly effective on the ground network, and an established track record of successfully translating its core values and objectives to impactful outcomes,” said Subramanyams.

Ms.Chipty and Mr. Franz added: “We share AIF’s passion for uplifting through education, particularly for women and children. Through its service to the most needy, regardless of background, AIF helps build bridges across religious and political divides, and it serves as an important counterbalance to the tide of rising sectarianism in the world. Giving to AIF’s causes has been enormously meaningful for us. As Maya Angelou said, “among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

At 2020 Gala, AIF will feature its transformative impact on women and girls, through the organization’s multi-pronged interventions in education, public health and livelihoods primarily serve the needs of women and girls, who are among the most disadvantaged in society. These interventions advance the cause of gender equality. They strengthen and uplift communities and ecosystems, and they contribute directly to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

AIF’s programs have an outsized impact on women and girls. For example:

  • AIF’s Learning and Migration Program (LAMP) has led to an 81% increase in female enrollment and attendance in migrant prone areas of Odisha, and a 95% increase in Gujarat.
  • The Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI) has helped increase institutional deliveries by 87% and reduce newborn mortality by 46%
  • Women are the primary borrowers in the Rickshaw Sangh program. Joint spousal ownership of rickshaws has increased overall family income by 82%,with a multiplied impact that empowers entire families.

AIF has received the highest ratings from the leading independent rating agencies Charity Navigator and GuideStar, a strong endorsement of its commitment to transparency and accountability as well as robust organizational health.

The event will be held for on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the elegant Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in downtown Boston. This year’s Emcee for the evening will be Comedian Rajiv Satyal.

For more information and to register online please go to aifnegala2020.givesmart.com

The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 5.6 million of India’s poor. Learn more at www.AIF.org

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