Following the devastating earthquake in Bhuj, Gujarat in 2001, a small group of individuals in the United States were galvanized not only by the deep desire to contribute their time, energy, and resources for disaster relief, but also were motivated to sustain the impact they generated, scale it, and expand it to more underserved communities across India. Bolstered by then President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, they also saw the unique opportunity to create a trusted bridge of civic involvement between these two largest democracies. So were born the three pillars of AIF’s values: philanthropy, community, and purpose. Now, AIF has evolved into a juggernaut of social impact, positively affecting over 16.5 million people since inception.
AIF plays an ever important role in bringing together Americans and Indians to become active contributors to India’s development. By supporting the AIF bridge, you are not only helping AIF remain a bastion of opportunity for the country’s poor, but also helping its democracy to thrive and flourish.
– President William J. Clinton
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