In 2020, AIF quickly pivoted to address the critical situation in India and the United States. In India, AIF leveraged its programs’ infrastructure on health, education, and livelihoods via its wide network to address the needs of the nation with ventilators, PPE, and other interventions in order to save the lives of vulnerable Indians from COVID-19. Read the report here.

In 2021, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on April 22nd, as this second wave sent many more into a fragile health care system, critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. Working with our partners, hospitals, and governments, AIF has launched a three-pronged Phase 2 Emergency Response Strategy to address this crisis. Here is an overview.

The American India Foundation is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise, thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF has impacted 6.7 million lives across 26 states of India.

American India Foundation Earns Prestigious 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

New York, August 02, 2018 – The American India Foundation’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it the highest rating – 4-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Since 2002, Charity Navigator, which rates charities on a zero-to four-star scale, has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. This is the third time that AIF has earned this top distinction. AIF has proudly earned its 4-star rating for continuing to execute its mission of catalyzing social and economic change in India in a fiscally responsible manner. It also reinforces AIF’s commitment to clear financial discipline and oversight, which includes annual independent audits and the open publication of its financial records.

“We take tremendous pride in this achievement,” says Nishant Pandey, AIF’s Chief Executive Officer. “This rating underscores that the majority of our funding is invested in the field to support our mission, and assures our donors that their investments are being astutely used. It also demonstrates that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

According to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator, “The American India Foundation’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support American India Foundation.”

Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of a 4-star rating. This adds the American India Foundation to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Read more on AIF’s work here:

As Director of Communications and Advocacy, Rowena Kay Mascarenhas holds the global responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of AIF’s marketing, communications, and advocacy strategies across the Head Office, Country Office and Regional Offices.

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