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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief

Mission: The mission of the American India Foundation (AIF) is to catalyze social and economic change in India. AIF mobilizes resources in the United States and India and invests these to improve education, livelihoods and public health for the marginalized in India.

Programs: Digital equalizer: digital equalizer bridges the educational and digital divide by bringing technology to schools across india and utilizing technology to transform teaching and learning into a collaborative, project-based approach. Digital equalizer equips each school with a computer center that provides teaching at site. The digital equalizer curriculum ensures that teachers and students are equipped with practical digital literacy skills that enhance both their classroom and out-of-school learning.

education:aif's learning and migration program (lamp) provides children in areas of high seasonal migration with access to continuous, quality, and age-appropriate education. Lamp consists of two primary interventions - education for children through seasonal hostels and a learning enrichment program, and community-based advocacy through the national right to education act.

livelihood:aif's livelihood program's two signature initiatives include market aligned skills training (mast) and rickshaw sangh. Mast provides unemployed youth with comprehensive skills training that equips them to secure employment and succeed on the job. Mast conducts regional labor market scans and works closely with employers to develop market-aligned training curricula. Qualified candidates are placed into jobs.

public health $136,585clinton fellows $446,825engage,educate,inform and involve $795,850

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Emil_Kuruvilla

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since 2013, I have been a volunteer with AIF's New England Chapter. It's been an amazing experience to connect with other like-minded individuals who have a desire to create impact in India.

What makes AIF really stand out from other organizations is that they encourage their volunteers to try out projects on a local level. Earlier this year, I and other members had the idea of launching a regional crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and funds for their LAMP Program. AIF gave us their full support and the campaign was a huge success.

If you are looking for an unique opportunity to create impact in India, I highly encourage you to check out AIF!

Shalin M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my role as a leader of AIF's young professionals chapter in the Bay Area, I had the opportunity to interact with the nonprofit's leadership team. I'm inspired by their passion. They've not only built an efficient organization that caters to changemakers in the US, they've also empowered millions of people in India.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIF does remarkable work in India. By working with AIF, I learned just how extensive the AIF reach is. They work with many different NGO partners, corporations, and state governments to run their programs. It's incredible how many states they've run programs in! AIF is a competent organization run by compassionate and intelligent employees who are deeply committed to the development cause. They are concerned about the particular problems India faces, but also about the existence of these problems anywhere in the world. I have no doubt that AIF will continue to make a lasting impact in the communities they serve. It was a pleasure to work with them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with AIF for 2 years, but I've known about it for far longer. Many of my friends have been Clinton Fellows, and they are people I am proud to know based off the work they did through AIF, and the kind of professionals they've become now. The experience these folks, including myself, have gotten from working with AIF have demarcated us from others as people who truly understand the social and economical complexities of India, and are striving to do our part to make a positive impact in the lives of Indians. This isn't just a group for those who are nostalgic for their motherland. It is an organization for those whose passions involve social justice and global equity.

Abhisek J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization I got involved with AIF three years ago through one of my friends who served on board. It was great and I have helped raise thousands of dollars for their programs and it is great to be part of an organization that works independent of the Indian government. I also wish I knew about the William Jefferson Clinton fellowship because looking back I think it would be amazing to spend a year volunteering in India with AIF.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIF has been a big part of my life for the last several years. As a board member and Co-Chapter Leader of the Young Professionals Chapter of NY, I'm so proud of AIF's accomplishments and its impact.

What makes AIF unique is that 100% of the funds raised go straight to the people who need it the most- not to overhead, salaries, etc. AIF's Board of Trustees are extremely generous and cover all of those expenses, allowing AIF's operations to be extremely efficient.

I would highly recommend anyone to join AIF and learn more about its incredible outreach to millions of lives in India.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved working with Young Professionals in Los Angeles to help push forward the AIF mission to catalyze social and economic change in India. It is a great way to help join for a cause the Indian diaspora can believe in and a great way to connect with like-minded individuals in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a GREAT NONPROFIT ! Doing a Lot a Great things ! I have seen the Change first hand !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIF creates scale and impact through taking a grassroots and transparent approach to fundraising and communicating about its various, innovative programs. I've been amazed at how it has successfully allowed various professional chapters around the nation to self-organize and fundraise thousands of dollars annually to support AIF's various initiatives, educate communities about their impact, and spread awareness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIF makes a substantial effort to reach out to the youth community. After attending their events for over a year, I recently joined the board of AIF's Bay Area, Young Professional's chapter. Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to work with a number of like-minded individuals toward raising funds and spreading awareness for the causes we are passionate about. I am consistently blown away by the creativity, alertness, and drive of the peers I have been introduced to since joining AIF (not just on my own team, but in chapters across the nation and from years past). I greatly appreciate AIF's ability to harness the energy and idealism of young professionals like myself, and direct this potential toward a worthy cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of AIF after researching various organizations focused on promoting social and economic change in India. While I’d read about many organizations online, AIF’s message and vision really resonated with me and played a key role in my decision to volunteer as a member of the marketing committee for the New York Young Professionals (NYYP) chapter.
As a member of the marketing committee, I help manage our chapter’s external communication efforts and marketing strategy. From this role, I've seen firsthand the impact that AIF has not only in India, but also in the local communities it operates in. AIF’s national reach, brand name, and people truly set it apart from other organizations focused on similar causes. Even though I’ve only been closely involved with AIF for a few months, I’ve become one of its strongest supporters and recommend AIF to anyone who is interested in creating opportunity and supporting development in India.

1 Rahul S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with AIF in a variety of capacities over the past three years. First, as an event attendee interested to learn more about a grass roots organization that has a direct impact on the ground in India across a variety of initiatives - education, public health and livelihood. Second, as a volunteer for the New York Young Professionals (NYYP) chapter, building the YP's fundraising capabilities. And now, as one of the chapter leaders of the NYYP -- it is in this capacity that I've learned how much of an impact AIF has in India as well as in my local community here in New York. AIF has chapters across major cities in the U.S. and has built an amazing brand within each of the communities it operates in. I would encourage anyone interested in international development, India, and building an amazing network here in the U.S. and abroad to get involved in whatever capacity they can - either as a donor, volunteer, future AIF Clinton Fellow, or as a trustee - and continue to foster AIF's mission: to catalyze social and economic change in India.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working." ~ Pablo Picasso

AIF inspires us to help to improve education, livelihoods and public health for the marginalized in India by showing the best possible ways to do it with least amount of overheads.